Scary flight actually, passed up a good chance to stop for gas in INW, miscomputed winds and fuel and had an extraordinarily nervous approach and landing in PRC.
I spent a few days waiting for my flight training manager to call me about a fueler putting 48 gallons into a 50 gallon capacity 172Q! I'm not sure if it ever got that low, but never miss an opportunity to pack a little extra fuel and never pass up a good airport when you've got suspicions.
16,000 feet? Good lord, did you pack a lunch and bring a couple of DVDs to keep you occupied until your top-of-climb point?
My VSI was pegged at a 2000FPM Climb I had been up to 13 and 14 with some downdrafts along the way also. Im guessing Density Altitude was around 20000. I had just flown over Bryce Canyon Utah and the airport was reporting 10700 D/A with pressure at 30.44. I hang around glider pilots and have picked up some things to do in updrafts usually power back and bank around 45 degrees to keep in the updraft but I wanted to get as high as I could. So I added full power what was left at least and held a tight circle for about a minute. I think I could have hit 17000 if I would have went back for some more.
I took a Cessna 140 up to 11,500 from Palo Alto to Inyo-Kern via Death Valley (flew near Mt. Whitney). It was the highest and lowest I've ever flown as a pilot, and both were on the same flight. It was also the hottest time I've ever flown and lowest on fuel I've ever been! Quite an experience!
10500 on the way back from Vegas... I had lots of thermals.... passing 8300 I couldn't climb AT ALL... even at Vy; then said screw it, leveled at 8500, then hit a HUGE updraft that allowed me to rocket up there... didn't want to go too much higher due to O2 reasons... I really don't like flying above 10000 if I can help it!
The temp up there was 20something C... Anyone want to bother figuring DA?