Timberline Trails Logo Mt Rainier

Aerial Photographs are an important part of Timberline Trails, because they give us a birds eye view of important climbing features that would otherwise be impossible to capture from the ground. Recently, my long time climbing partner, Mike Koerner, has acquired a specialized piece of equipment that will enable us to capture far more photos from the air. We believe that this will give you, the visitor, a much better perspective of hiking, backpacking, and climbing areas that you may be interested in. Our plan is to capture images that will show important mountain terrain such as glaciers, passes, basins, and other key elements that make up the great outdoors.

The following is a write up by Mike describing his aircraft that we use to get the aerial photos we use on the site: The airplane used for Timberline Trails aerial photography is a Flight Design CT2K.

The CT2K (and more recent CTSW model) is a German designed Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). The Light Sport designation allows use of less rigorous aircraft and pilot certification standards which result in lower purchase and operating costs.

The CT aircraft are manufactured in the Ukraine , which also helps reduce cost. They are constructed from carbon and Kevlar fiber and epoxy composites for high-strength, light-weight and the easeof aerodynamic contouring for performance optimization. The CT aircraft are powered by a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 100-hp Rotax gasoline engine with a proven history of high performance and reliability. A 2.4 to one gear reduction on the prop shaft allows the engine to operate at high speeds which greatly improve the power density. The high cantilever wing, large windows and low stall speed (39 knots) make it an excellent photographic, search and rescue and observation platform. Interconnected flaps and ailerons and a negative flap setting allow cruise speeds up to 120 knots with a fuel consumption of only 4 gallons per hour and a range of well over 1000 miles.

Habakkuk 3:19
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.

Email Sign Up
Timberline Hike

Join the Adventure! Sign up here for Timberline Trails Monthly Newsletter

Your Email Address:

Join us on Instagram

©2006-2022 TimberlineTrails. All Rights Reserved.