National Geographic has posted a video to show how to get up Mount Whitney, the world’s tallest peak, in a high-altitude helicopter.
The video, which you can watch above, shows the first time a helicopter has flown on the mountain.
National Geographic Helicopter pilot Andrew Lea filmed the video from the cockpit of a Cessna 208.
“We are going up on a helicopter to take us up on the summit of Mt Whitney,” Lea said.
“And that’s exactly what we did.”
Lea said he and his fellow pilot flew to the summit on their way to a helicopter rescue operation.
The helicopter flew to a helipad and a rescue crew led them to the base camp, where they stayed for about two hours.
Lea was impressed with the professionalism of the rescue team.
“I thought they were great, really,” he said.
A helicopter rescue is a common and safe way to get people up a mountain, and it’s a quick and easy way to see the summit.
Leas said he was surprised by the level of safety the rescue crew had.
He said they didn’t see any signs of damage or injury to the helicopter.
The Cessnas were used for the rescue mission, and the pilot said he has never been in trouble with a helicopter before.
“We got a very clear view of the mountain, not only of the summit itself, but of the valley that was up ahead,” he told National Geographic.
“That was the first I’d ever seen that, in my life, that would actually allow me to get the helicopter up and down the mountain.”