I saw a video of the same sort of thing. Some journalist wanted to go out into the boonies deep int he heart of Alaska; the only way to get there was via airplane (Piper Cub, much like the plane shown here). However, the Piper did not have the range to fly from Point A to Point B, so the pilot did a lot of gliding through the mountains to save fuel. However, the engine failed to start once, with the mountains looming up; so he stepped outside just like this, tinkered with the engine, got back in and it started. The journalist - filimg from the back seat - was less than pleased with this.