So working out the final details of a trip. Flying into Fairbanks, rent bikes. Heading to Prudhoe Bay, then over to Dawson. Then down and around to Denali. We plan on camping whenever possible, occasional hotel when needed, wanted. 12 days, June 23-July 4. My riding buddy originally planned on bringing a weapon for bear protection. I believe I have talked him out of it. Just seems like more of a hassle then it is worth. And since we are going over to Dawson in Canada, there is that issue. Pistols are not allowed. Rifles take paperwork. Etc. Not trying to start a debate about usage of weapons. etc. My recommendation is we pick up some bear spray and air horns in Fairbanks. I feel that is adequate, in what I think is the very unlikely event we run into a bear. We backcountry camp in Washington often, so understand bear etiquette. Food away from camp/ jerky in my buddies pack and run faster then him etc. But for those experienced, is it much of a concern? I believe the odds are very, very low of any situation and a weapon is unnecessary.