Airplane Camping – Oliver, BC

One can’t go Airplane Camping without first become a bit of an expert at packing. We managed to get all you see here, plus 2 people and a dog, into our little Cessna for the 90 minute flight into the southern interior of BC.

Flying from the Vancouver lower mainland to Oliver involves crossing the Coast Mountains (and the northern portion of the Cascades). Making that crossing in a small plane means getting up-close and personal with the spectacular scenery, alpine lakes, and glaciers along the way.

If you look closely at the picture below, there is a walking trail leading up to that lake. This is truly amazing, because that little lake is at an elevation of over 6000 feet and is at least 30 miles from the nearest road or civilization. Take another look at the picture above. That’s the same lake. It would be one heck of a hike!

The pretty little spot below, nestled in a narrow valley 20 kilometers North of Princeton, is Allisson Lake.

Below is Sunrise at our camp site in Oliver. One of the many advantage of airplane camping is the peaceful quiet of having no other campers anywhere around. I woke up hungry for pancakes.

When traveling by plane, weight matters, so we use a back-packer camp stove and back-packer cookware. My contribution to our breakfast was the lighting of the stove. Janine’s contribution was the making of the pancakes. I get the better part of that deal.

I don’t know how she does it, but Janine’s camp-stove pancakes always turn out fantastic.

A few more pictures from the trip …

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