Dumbass bear and food question...

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by deepcdiver, May 11, 2005.

  1. deepcdiver

    deepcdiver Nobody Special

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    Should I get a bear resistant food container for trip thru BC/Yukon thru Dalton Highway. Do any of the parks require them for camping?
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  2. AKBMW

    AKBMW Been here awhile

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    Not required i dont think. Bring a gun to shoot the rest of our road signs out!! JOKE'IN
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  3. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    Bear proof? if you need some advice don't sleep with you food,take a rope and a container and sting it up a tree away from camp, don't spray yourself down with bear repellant it dosn't work that way it will attract them and yes some dumbass did this:huh :huh but for the most part the bears aren't much if a problem in camp grounds. now the SKEETERS thats a different story thay are a problem:grim
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  4. Ontario GS

    Ontario GS Budding Adv. Traveler

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    :lol3 :rofl :lol3
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  5. skeeter

    skeeter Captain Safety

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    I don't think I'm THAT big of a problem!

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  6. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    if you're out in the boonies cook downwind from your campsite. I put food, pots, pans etc in one of my panniers and strung it up out of reach using my luggage tie downs
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  7. DeadRat

    DeadRat Been here awhile

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    Planning an Alaska trip & was interested in knowing just when Sketter Season starts & ends. Plans are to go up the Alcan and Dalton to Deadhorse & back the first 2 weeks of June. Will the Sketters be big enough to carry a human back to their nest by then ?
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  8. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    Depends on the forest fires :evil
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  9. DeadRat

    DeadRat Been here awhile

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    Lets assume the default position of no fires. Then what????
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  10. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    Nothing is bear-proof! Bears have figured out how to open the sliding doors on mini vans (locked), and all sorts of other things that you'd think would stop them. Sleep away from your food, hang the food and utensils in a tree away from where you sleep, keep everything clean, including yourself, and try not to worry too much.

    As far as mosquitos go, they aren't big, just normal sized. The bad thing about them is that there are trillions of them! When you stop your bike, they are attracted to the heat and CO2 put off by the bike. You'll likely be mobbed, and when they are really bad, they'll drive you nuts, flying in your ears, mouth, and any other exposed opening. But, it really is survivable, just bring a head net, and some repellent, and you'll be alright.
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  11. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    last year on the way to Dawson in Glennallen stoped for fuel had to keep me helmet on just to get the job done :eek1
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  12. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Two years ago I had to fan my wife's ass as she went potty on the Arctic Circle :eek1 . It was a big job but nothing I couldn't handle. :rofl

    Have you heard about the guy who excaped from the jail in Fairbanks and turned himself back in three days later because the skeeters were driving him absolutely nuts???? True story!!!

    The worse skeeters that I have encountered were at the Everglades. Little basterds were drilling before they landed! At least our guys do a few introductory probes before getting serious.

    Most of the time is is too hot, too cold, too windy, or too rainy for them to be bothersome. But when conditions are perfect, look out!!
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  13. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 I shouldn't langh it soon will be my turn with my wife!:eek1
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  14. racer

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    I was in Alaska last year, the last week of May and they were just out at the lower altitudes.
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  15. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    True, but none of the roads are what you could call high altitude!
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  16. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    :D I've heard all the horror stories but really can't contribute. I was there last July/August, 6 million acres alight, the fires and smoke were way more hazardous than the bugs. Didn't really hit any bugs 'til after Dawson, heading east.

    This was after 3 weeks on the road

    [​IMG]
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  17. KL5A

    KL5A Bugs are the new black

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    I have enough skeeters already to make the outdoors annoying-I have a feeling that this is going to be a really bad year. There was plenty of snow cover and the winter was fairly mild, so the survival rate was probably on the high side. Give it a month and life will be interesting!
    The worst bugs I've experienced were at the Yukon River bridge on the Dalton. They were absolutely unbelievable. I think they used DEET as an aphrodisiac and their tattos were plainly visible.....1%'r bugs all the way. Second worse were at Nancy Lake, I was wearing a mosquito headnet and the bugs almost blocked my vision. I hate skeeters. They have no redeeming qualities unless you are a hungry bat.
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  18. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    I'm more worried about the yellowjackets! There seem to be quite a few out already, and it isn't even June yet!
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  19. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    I Noticed I have been killing them by the dozon's
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