Originally Posted by mikewalker
showed a lot of patience there as well. Informs me as well (invaluable information for AK trekkers), I just came back from AK 3 weeks tent camping and familiarize myself to the State. Next summer we go for a 3 week bush trek. Great instructions for us, will certianly verify locations of drop off if we use transporters. (wow that's big stuff). I think we'll have survival essentials in a fanny pack of sone type strapped to the body at all time in case we get seperated from gear. I don't think I would go light on the air service if I were you.
Check the GPS BEFORE
you wave good bye at the aircraft!
Take along two or three bright flairs that start easily,
And keep them in the outermost, easily accessible pouch on your gear!
I prefer the pull cord to start type for signaling use, they are bright enough to see for miles incase you need them for signaling a search team... and they start fires just fine!
Flairs don't weigh much, and are the ULTIMATE way to get a fire started in an emergency situation!
Especially when you are cold enough your hands don't work to dig for them in your gear or light a regular fire!
If you make reservations with a lodge, find out who they recommend for transportation to the lodge.
(It will most likely be by boat or small, private aircraft.)
If you are going to hunt, take nothing smaller than a .300 Mag. or you will get laughed out of camp.
.338 Mag. will take anything in Alaska.
Guides don't like muzzle compensators.
Compensators re-direct the muzzle blast back at them, and they just don't like having their brains rattled.
Some guides won't even take you out if you have a compensator that directs backwards and not 'Up'...
Have Iron Sights or a back up optic with your rifle!
Make up a 'Save A Hunt' kit with extra screws, firing pin & spring, extractor/ejector, things like that.
You don't want a bum scope or broken $10 spring to ruin a VERY expensive hunting trip!
Bear Spray is better than a handgun.
Wounded bears are unpredictable,
Pepper sprayed bears are going to leave, and leave you alone. Helps teach them 'Humans Hurt' so you may be helping the next guy also...
Consider an 'Emergency Locater' beacon.
They are expensive, but you can rent them in some places, and they are satellite pinpointed, so if you get lost, hurt, ect.
You just push the button and wait for the rescue crew to arrive.
I never take enough film or tapes along, I just want to photograph everything while I'm there!