Ship’s Manifest

Here the ship’s scribe will post the manifest of each flight and then passengers and crew may post comments below.

Zion 1:  Exploratory Flight launching Zion Canyon to fly down canyon away from park to familiarize with terrain east of park.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer and Zion Canyon Gallery Owner: David J. West

Grond Crew and Recovery: Stephan West

 

Zion 2:  Rockville South past Eagle Crags over Canaan Mountain, Vermillion Cliffs into Apple Valley a path chosen to skirt the park and gain perspective for eventual overflight of park.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer and Zion Canyon Gallery Owner: David J. West

Ground Crew and Recovery: Stephan West with enthusiastic assistance from members of the Hildale/ Colorado City Area upon landing in 3 feet of tumble weeds along Hwy 59 in Apple Valley.

 

Zion 3:  Kolob Reservoir to Coral Pink Sand Dunes marking the first Zion Crossing.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer: Stephen West

In-Flight Navigation and special electronics: Joshua Sams

Ground Crew Recovery and Extraction: GT Thomas and Robert Dennis

 

Zion 4:  Springdale launch south over Smithsonian Butte landing in Apple Valley.  First invited passengers in the expedition and first Eagle Crags Flight.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer and Zion Canyon Gallery Owner: David J. West

Passenger: Monet Lion

Passengers: David and Cheri Barton

Ground Crew Recovery and Extraction: Robert Dennis and Richard Madsen

Adventure Feature Writer for The Spectrum™ and Regional Correspondent for USA Today™: Brian Passey

 

Zion 5:  Kolob Terrace and Zion Crossing to Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer: Gregory Murray

Acrylic Artist: Pearl Meadows

Watercolor Artist: Joy Stein

Passenger: Lyman Whitaker

Passengers: Sam and Cynthia Stoddard

Ground Crew Recovery and Extraction: Robert Dennis and Richard Madsen

 

Zion 6:  Zion Crossing (aborted to local flight with extreme elevation views of park)

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer and Zion Canyon Gallery Owner: Gerard Steffan

Watercolor Artist: Joy Stein

Pastel Artist: Arlene Braithwaite

Fused Glass Sculptor: Carrie Trenholm

Passengers: Jim Aton and Randy Aton

Ground Crew Recovery and Extraction: Robert Dennis

 

Zion 7:  Double Zion Crossing launching Apple Valley to Zion Ponderosa to Kolob Terrace.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer and Zion Canyon Gallery Owner: Gerard Steffan

Watercolor Artist: Joy Stein

Pastel Artist: Arlene Braithewaite

Passenger: Stacy Christiansen

Passenger: Jim Aton

Ground Crew, Recovery and Extraction: Robert Dennis

Washington County Volunteer Search and Rescue: Deputy Jessie Williams

 

Zion 8:  Zion Crossing East to West landing Dalton Wash Mesa near Cinder Cone.

Pilot: Steiger

Photographer and Zion Canyon Gallery Owner: Gerard Steffan

Passenger: Monet Lion

Passengers: Miles and Sheri Weaver

Passenger: Lyman Whitaker

Ground Crew Recovery and Extraction: Robert Dennis and Wendy Dennis

One thought on “Ship’s Manifest

  1. What an extraordinary day for this adventurer! It began meeting up with four other enthusiastic folks at dawn, in the snow, on a abandoned airstrip just East of Zion. We watched the sun appear over the horizon and then awaited some wind to take us aloft, anxious to get on our way and warm up in the cozy confines of the gondola. Upon liftoff, we waved to the ground crew and then each settled into our personal reverie while feasting on the sites beyond and below us: Zion in it’s winter grandeur!
    The expedition’s minutes passed into hours of witnessing the beauty and diversity in Zion’s topography–predominantly in silence as we each embraced the solitude and majesty of what our senses were experiencing. The views of craggy buttes, tree topped plateaus, snow filled amphitheaters, “who-do’s,” and deep, mysterious crevasses were endless. We were “wowed” and grateful for the privilege to be aboard –and so comfortable we passed around apple juice, cheese, and nuts to celebrate the special occasion!
    As the end of our celestial journey drifted downward, we were aware that preferred landing sites were scarce, so we followed Steiger’s directions and prepared ourselves in the gondola for a rough landing. Indeed it was, having to utilize charred trees from some previous burn to buffer our landing across the landscape, since ground winds kept pulling the balloon for some time.
    We were all able to extract ourselves from the sturdy gondola once settled and exchanged huge sighs of relief at our general unscathed condition. The balloon, on the other hand had taken significant hits and was snarled, ripped, and draped in the trees. Although saddened by this, we were exceptionally grateful to our pilot, Steiger, for having the expertise to get us on the ground as safely as possible in the changing conditions. The close of this journey was a toast by all –”to adventure”!

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