Alaska July 2016 - Planning, Prepping, Psyching

Discussion in 'Americas' started by -Chris-, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. California Clint

    California Clint n00b

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    Does anyone know if heated gear is nessesary for the month of July up to Prudhoe Bay?
  2. Gvrider

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    Yea, I pulled all unnecessary crap like the espresso maker an the microwave oven! I did include the heated vest though. I think I'm good to go.
  3. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    It can snow anytime of the year over Atigun Pass and up to Deadhorse.
  4. -Chris-

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    I packed mine just in case. It also seconds as a jacket for walking around camp if its cold....
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  5. -Chris-

    -Chris- Long timer

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    Any of you guys do a go phone while in Canada, or just turn yours to airplane mode and ride on?
  6. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    Verizon has a plan for Mexico & Canada that costs $2.00 per day if you use it.
  7. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    I travel with an unlocked iPhone 6. I have an ATT sim in it now. When I cross into Canada I turn my cell data off and make all my calls using any wifi I can find. ATT has free wifi calling to most anywhere you can use whenever you have wifi. Free and easy. If I need to make an emergency call then ATT charges around $2.50 for the call in Canada. Again real easy and I don't have to bother with the expense of a Canadian sim or changing it out.
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  8. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I have T-Mobile and they have unlimited data and texting worldwide. I'll wait for public wifi areas to make phone calls.

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  9. svahadean

    svahadean und i.m. vandaring

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    depart with vandaring -- countdown: T minus 12 hours. :jump
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  10. -Chris-

    -Chris- Long timer

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    8 hours and 20 minutes here!
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  11. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Necessary? No. Desirable? Quite possibly. A lot depends on what sort of gear you are wearing. There is virtually always a northeast breeze (to gale) blowing across the tundra once you're out on the coastal plain. If you're working hard to keep your bike upright and/or picking it up after you've dropped it, you may already be dressed too warm. Wind protection will be the most important item north of Atigun Pass, especially after passing Pump 2 around Mile 360.
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  12. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    FWIW...heated jacket took away the torture of today's cold, wet ride from Whitehorse to Beaver Creek. If you have heated gear...pack it.
  13. slothy

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    I just got back from my solo Detroit to alaska and back trip on my RT, it was a great time! I Did get a rock in the rear tire on alcan but as able to plug it in the spot, rideon sealant did plug it, but I used plugs just in case. Which got covered me 'til i stopped and swaped the tire over in calagry, my tire was worn by then (7000 or so miles on it). Lots of long days. Did the whole trip in 17 days - almost 9300 miles. Camping most of the trip was a blast

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  14. BallsOut

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    Leaving Bermuda Dunes CA July 31 for Alaska solo. Plan to head more or less straight north to Canadian Rockies. Banff, Prince George, Cassiar Hwy., Dawson, Chicken, Tok, Fairbanks, Deadhorse. '14 KTM 1190 Adv. R. I thought I would camp when weather looks auspicious get hotels otherwise. Let me know your thoughts.
  15. svahadean

    svahadean und i.m. vandaring

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    Is you crazy :bmwrider

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    July 2016, Chicken, AK
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  16. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Now THAT'S what I wish I had for my trip. I just got back last night after riding 8,162 miles in 12 days on a KTM Adventure 1190R and it was not fun. Only time I was glad to have it was when I was humming away on the ALCAN at 80MPH over all those potholes.
  17. jacklanto

    jacklanto Adventurer

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    Oh no...I'm leaving California on the 5th of August on my 1190 R. I have three weeks, aiming for Deadhorse and back. Any tips for comfort on the 1190R?
  18. Tewster2

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    Yep...put a Russell Day Long seat on it :lol3
  19. slothy

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    ya alcan had some rough areas! border to tok was a disaster also imo. how good does that block the wind?
  20. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    THIS or put the KTM Ergo seat on. That with Beadrider helped me ride the long days.