20180702 ShipRock on YouTube

4 replies, 4 voices Last updated by  Mark Kandutsch 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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  • #1870

    Jeff Trike


    This mountain captures the spirit of New Mexico like no other.

    On the first day of a trip up to Colorado, Paul and I flew up to ShipRock Peak, in the 4 Corners area of New Mexico. We followed the 6 mile long spine from the south, then circled the peak test for thermals and strong winds. Finding none, we flew over the top.

    The experience was mind blowing.

    There is a bit of ambiguity on the name. The nearby town is named “Shiprock”. US Geological Survey maps indicated the name of the mountain as “Ship Rock”, although I have seen it designated as “Shiprock Peak” elsewhere. I’ll compromise with ShipRock.

    The mountain is volcanic neck, the remnant of a long dead volcano that erupted about 27 million years ago. The lava radiated outwards along cracks to create volcanic dykes that extend up to 6 miles at the surface. Years later, the soil eroded away to reveal the towering peak and dykes. From the air, ShipRock appears to me like a huge monster with three long tentacles. In Navajo mythology, ShipRock is a huge bird that was turned to stone.

    I am surprised by the number of pilots I have met who have never visited the peak from the air. While the view from the ground is amazing, the experience pales in comparison with the prospective you gain by maneuvering around the peak in an aircraft. In my opinion, ShipRock is by far, the number one scenic spot for a flying trip in New Mexico. The Farmington airport is conveniently located for a trip. If you approach ShipRock in calm cool early morning air and maintain a wide berth, you should have no difficulties. However, I can’t begin to image the power of the thermals cracking off this beast in the afternoon on a hot summer day.

    Music: Creative Commons
    Kai Engle – Paradigm Lost – Track 1: A Neon Flash
    used under cc by-nc 4.0

  • #1872

    Mark Pansing

    Jeff, Really great video. I like the vlog style better than just the video and music. How do you like using the fusion Overcapture? I read there is some beta software that ups the resolution from 5.2k to 5.6k, have you tried it yet?

  • #1874

    Bill Magness

    Nice!! I wish I could get there and fly the area.

  • #1877

    Jeff Trike

    The 5.6K mode is a 24 HZ. I just updated the firmware on the camera. I’ll give it a try on my next flight.

  • #1910

    Mark Kandutsch

    Thank you! another magnificent video!

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