Josh Kelson | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Josh Kelson

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Josh Kelson was at Fremont Island Upper
2 weeks ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Bugs have calmed down considerably since I was there last a month ago. Increasing bugs in the afternoon but manageable. Airstrip is in great shape!

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Josh Kelson was at Antelope Mountain
1 month ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Trenches across the runway. Unsafe to land.

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Roy Evans II

We'll likely remove it since your report matches what we've thought was there on Google Earth. Thanks for the report!

1 month ago
Josh Kelson was at Ibex / Tule Valley Hardpan
1 month ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

IBEX is great, no standing water. Pulled the windsock down and took home for repair as the sock frame broke. Will repair and fly back out there to stand it back up. Was out there for the UBCP fly-in. Great event! Thanks for all those that out it on and Tyler for driving a grill down!

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Tyler Gleave

Great turnout - it was nice to see everyone again.

1 month ago
Josh Kelson was at Mexican Mountain
3 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Went down and worked on the runway smoothing out some of the soft ruts. Hoping a good rain will firm things up. Still a bit on the east end left to do.

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Josh Kelson was at Fremont Island Upper
3 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Dry and in great shape. Remember there is a parking spot on the north end of the strip up the hill. Makes for a fun scoot up the hill!

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Josh Kelson was at Mexican Mountain
4 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Went down to try and fill the holes on the west end of the runway. Got a little done. Could use a quick work party if 5-10 people to fill those better and smooth out a few other sections. East end soft as others have mentioned for smaller tires.

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Josh Kelson was at Nordin Ranch
4 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

The strip is somewhat rough, 2 track atv/off-road trail. Did a low pass to check the winds and condition, scared a herd of deer so recommend a low pass (at any backcountry strip of course). Removed a big rock that was in the middle of the strip and a saw blade, and picked and tossed some smaller rocks too. walked the strip and it’s in decent shape, but rockier than a hidden splendor or something. Would recommend slightly bigger tires. 8.50 minimum. There were some campers nearby. Nice little spot for an overnight or a lunch break from StG. Uphill landing to the north, with a bit of rising terrain be aware. Did a downhill takeoff into lowering terrain.

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Josh Kelson was at McKay Flat
7 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Landed on the road to get boots on the strip. There are sections where a big tired cub would be okay, but the strip in general is pretty rough with a lot of hidden mounds, logs, rocks, that are not easily seen. The road is in spectacular shape though lol. I wonder if the county would consider grading this next time they grade the road. I would consider this airstrip closed to anything other than big tires. Also there was an Antelope heard near and cows.

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Josh Kelson was at Mexican Mountain
7 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Airstrip is a bit soft in some spots and trenches from wheels have formed. A rake and a few hours would flatten it out, and then the rains will settle it I think. Leaves are beautiful right now, probably soon on their way out. Also, the fire pit needs ashes buried. We should probably help make people aware that the should bury their ashes in this wilderness area.

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Josh Kelson was at Boulder
8 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Take a good look before landing. South end is smoother than the north end and where the road crosses has some good bumps. North end has a rut pretty much right down the middle.

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Josh Kelson was at Fremont Island Upper
9 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Despite some recent rains, the strip was in great shape and firm. One of my favorite places to visit!

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
1 year ago in a PA-18 with 31” tires

Went out to paint the arrow with Wendy. Arrow has a fresh coat and the runways are in great condition. A little lumpy, could use a quick drag to smooth everything out.

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Josh Kelson was at Ibex / Tule Valley Hardpan
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Hard pan and lots of area to land. Couple wet spots around but off in the corners. The place is dry!

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Went out to check on the runway and parking area. A good dense rain will help everything to settle, but the runway is in good shape. I went out and scraped the arrow of the old paint in preparation for a weekend to get out there and paint it again. Windsock in great condition. The new parking area is amazing!

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
1 year ago

Went out with UBCP work party and drug the runways and improved the parking area by removing the berm in between the north south runway and the parking area. A good rain, and the runways will be in superb shape, currently in great shape.

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Runways were firm and growth light. There were 5 of us that parked in the parking area and a 182 that also showed up after. The arrow needs to be painted again (next year). Runways are in Excellent condition still!

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Josh Kelson was at Angel Point
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Flew down with Roy to replace the windsock on our way to the UBCP fly-in.

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Runway is still in great condition. No bugs today at all! Picked up a bit of trash and took it home.

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
1 year ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Light growth. Was mowed by the UBCP a month ago and the runways are hard packed and great! Arrow is shedding paint, planning on heading back to paint in a few weeks with UBCP permission.

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Runways where hard packed and in good shape. I was surprised by how much growth there is. There was a fire pit right in the middle of the parking area which I removed. Could use a mower or spray to kill the growth out there.

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Josh Kelson was at Hidden Splendor
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Went down with the UBCP work crew. Took out some growing vegetation on the runway, leveled a few spots and channeled runoff further away from the runway. Airstrip is in great shape. What an approach! Use caution and check the winds. Read the above and definitely overfly to evaluate the approach if you’ve never been.

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Josh Kelson was at Mexican Mountain
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31” tires

Airstrip still in great shape. Lots of visitors today, nice to meet new people. 11 planes on the ground from various groups. Noticed a few other fire ring campsites that could use some ashes being scattered or buried. A project for the next time.

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Josh Kelson was at Mineral Canyon
2 years ago in a PA-18 with 31 tires

Runway is firm and wide. Upstream end has some roughness and slight trench. Use a bit of caution on that end. Downstream end is great, stopped for some pictures and a snack.

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Josh Kelson was at Mexican Mountain
2 years ago in a PA-18 with 31 tires

Firm runway and in great condition. Cattle have been everywhere putting some prints in. Caterpillars not out yet. Some cattle approached runway during morning flight out but were scared off. Repaired the fire ring and buried ashes.

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Josh Kelson was at Locomotive Springs
2 years ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 8.50x10 tires

Just flew over, did not land. Windsock looked great. Runway had ice spots and looked mostly wet. Looks like spring will dry it out nicely. Sign was still there as well and in good shape.

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Josh Kelson was at Mineral Canyon
2 years ago in a Mercedes with 33” tires

Attended the work party with the UBCP. Took out some bumps towards the up-river end of the runway and drug it. Looks pretty good. Some soft dirt but not bad at all.

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