Mosquitoes in BC and Alaska?

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  1. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK No stress

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    Hi
    We are thinking about spending the next few weeks driving north from Oakland.. Dont know how far we will get, but will head up throu British Columbia and if time and weather allows for it maybe all the way to Alaska.

    .. this is kind of a spear of the moment idea so I havent really had time to read anything about BC and Alaska.

    So here is my question?

    what kind of weather can we expect?
    are the Mosquitoes as bad of some say?
    is there some things we just HAVE to see on our way north?

    and any other ideas and advise is very welcome!
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  2. Bonebag

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  3. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    It is late spring and getting into summer, so in general it should be mild, with chance of cool rainy days, You may encounter very warm days in the rainshadow of the coast mountains , e.g.the Okanagan Valley, Fraser Vally at Cache Creek , Whitehorse, only to run smack into a day of cold rain, . . It all depends on where you are and the weather systems of the day you are dealing with , and it all changes by the hour. Exact predictions are impossible. Be ready for anything like you may have experienced in Scandinavia during spring/summer.Bring the varied dry gear required.
    For an idea of current conditions check out www.weatherunderground.com and see the weather and temps in BC, Yukon and Alaska
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  4. alphajory

    alphajory Been here awhile

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    In the North central interior of BC the days are usually in the mid 20's during the day and in the low to mid teen's at night with rain days being cooler. Biting Bugs are just starting to come into season and unfortunately will remain here until the first good frost sometime in late September so bring DEET if you are spending anytime in the outdoors and don't want to lose a pint of blood.
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  5. Howie82

    Howie82 Been here awhile

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    You'll have to really hussle to get to Alaska from Oakland in two weeks. If you're determined, and plan to go through Vancouver, then I'd suggest going up Hwy 99 to Whistler and then on to Lillooet to hook up with Hwy 97 to Prince George and beyond. The mosquitos are noticable starting at Prince George but only really became a factor while on Hwy 37 to Stewart and up to Watson lake. I did that run last July and the weather was fantastic. However, that can change in a heartbeat. SB is certainly right about the weather changes especially if you take the Fraser Canyon north. It can be easilly in the high 90's (35C to 40C) or 100's only to cool down to 60F around 100 Mile House.
    Good Luck
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  6. Pshrynk

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    The mosquitoes are no problem....

    .....unless you stop moving.
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  7. Mackinac76

    Mackinac76 Adventurer

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    Regarding mosquitoes in Alaska, I do believe that they are capable of carrying away small dogs. Denim and nylon windbreakers don't even slow them down, based on my experience in June and July.

    Seriously, the best advice is what someone gave me years ago: bring a mesh hat that's rated for black flies. It weighs essentially nothing and takes up very little space. Oh, and do bring DEET.
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  8. greenjeans

    greenjeans man with purpose

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    when i rode up to the arctic circle in '07 the weather changed constantly....like everywhere only more extreme....the bugs? ya they SUCK, but only if you take a break longer than....a couple pic's, a pee & some water...then you want to get moving and kill them. it's a trip worth some blood, sweat & tears. scenery like nowhere else. have fun. gj
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  9. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    the Mosquitoes as bad of some say?

    Let s see there so big In the yukon that last I was in the liquor store , I saw one walking out with six pack and he winked at my sexy date.
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