He then went on to explain, however, that there wasn't enough ground on the ridge to take off with a load, and that the wind would be different when we left. "You'll have to clear the rocks to make a runway about four hundred feet long," he said. "It will mean a day of hard work, but the hunting will be great. Are you up to it?" Given the prospect of hunting virgin Alaska territory, we would have been willing to dam the Yukon River.