A Year on My Own, in Alaska.

  • Medic911

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    Apr 21, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    So before starting med school, I want to plan a full 4 seasons, on my own, in the Alaskan wilderness. These beginning stages of planning are important, so I am looking for advice and opinions. Also, I am looking for any men, in any location in the U.S. who are interested in adventure races and outdoor evets on teams- traveling together, hiking, orienteering, geocaching, mountain biking, canoeing, etc... Any takers? <3
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    Apr 21, 2010 6:11 PM GMT
    go watch the movie "into the wild" It's a great movie.

    If you haven't seen it, it's about a young man who gives up all his worldly possessions and literally goes "into the wild" in the alaskan wilderness.... and lives off the land. . The guy gives up all modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and bathing and delicious starbucks low fat mochas to find himself and connect with himself in the wilderness.
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    Apr 21, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    Whatever you do, don't be a complete fuckwitted tool like that idiot they made that movie about. Make sure you're truly prepared. Get a GPS so that you can know exactly where you are. And, don't think you can protect and feed yourself with a .22 rifle in bear country. Carry a large caliber handgun, like a .44 or .45. For a rifle, don't bother with anything smaller than a .270
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    I dont think I could survive one day in the cold wilderness O.O

    but hey if you got the balls for it do it! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    Import saidgo watch the movie "into the wild" It's a great movie.

    If you haven't seen it, it's about a young man who gives up all his worldly possessions and literally goes "into the wild" in the alaskan wilderness.... and lives off the land. . The guy gives up all modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and bathing and delicious starbucks low fat mochas to find himself and connect with himself in the wilderness.


    i hear that worked well for him... after all, he got a movie deal out of it.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    I suggest you spend a week at a spa. Forget about this Alaskan wilderness thing.

    If you are mentally challenged enough to attempt such a feat, I recommend you have a contingency plan at the ready for every possible situation; from alien abduction to being gang raped by a group of grizzly bears.

    Leave no stone unturned.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    reppaT said being gang raped by a group of bears..


    Some people fantasise about this.

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    Apr 21, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    calibro said i hear that worked well for him... after all, he got a movie deal out of it.

    Wasn't he eaten by bears?
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    I already did the same thing, except I only did it for 3 months, and instead of the Alaskan wilderness I moved to downtown Chicago. Place was cold, y'all!
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    Apr 22, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    Import saidgo watch the movie "into the wild" It's a great movie.

    If you haven't seen it, it's about a young man who gives up all his worldly possessions and literally goes "into the wild" in the alaskan wilderness.... and lives off the land. . The guy gives up all modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and bathing and delicious starbucks low fat mochas to find himself and connect with himself in the wilderness.



    I hope you're being sarcastic.icon_lol.gif

    Christopher McCandless died of starvation roughly 100 days after he was dropped off in the Alaskan bush. He refused help and advice of seasoned Alaskan residents and outdoorsmen, and didn't even have a fucking compass. He is the epitome of what one should not do in Alaska. It really helps to listen to what people here tell you. They're not joking.

    As to the OP, it's going to vary widely on where you choose to try to live. Hopefully you have some experience with subsistence hunting and fishing, and at least plan on taking things like a radio or locator beacon etc with you. You're also going to have to be wary of hunting and fishing laws in the areas you will be camping. Native Alaskans have subsistence hunting and fishing rights, but for you shooting a moose out of season can turn into a very bad thing if you are caught. Give me a message here if you have any questions.

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    Apr 22, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    Lostboy said
    reppaT said being gang raped by a group of bears..


    Some people fantasise about this.




    ... icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 22, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
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    calibro said i hear that worked well for him... after all, he got a movie deal out of it.

    Wasn't he eaten by bears?


    That was Timothy Treadwell, who made a career out of telling people it was ok to pet bears.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Treadwell

    He was eaten alive after camping at the confluence of several bear trails near a salmon stream. His girlfriend died with him.
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    Apr 22, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    north_runnerI hope you're being sarcastic.

    Christopher McCandless died of starvation roughly 100 days after he was dropped off in the Alaskan bush. He refused help and advice of seasoned Alaskan residents and outdoorsmen, and didn't even have a fucking compass. He is the epitome of what one should not do in Alaska. It really helps to listen to what people here tell you. They're not joking.

    As to the OP, it's going to vary widely on where you choose to try to live. Hopefully you have some experience with subsistence hunting and fishing, and at least plan on taking things like a radio or locator beacon etc with you. You're also going to have to be wary of hunting and fishing laws in the areas you will be camping. Native Alaskans have subsistence hunting and fishing rights, but for you shooting a moose out of season can turn into a very bad thing if you are caught. Give me a message here if you have any questions.



    Pretty much what he said. I freaking live here and you would be amazed at how many people come up here during the summer (also know as Tourist Season) and get themselves into all kinds of trouble because they refuse to listen to local advice.

    Moose are cute from afar. Do not try to pet or feed them . They will kick your ass. Bears up here are not to be confused with Yogi. They will kick your ass and you will go missing.

    If you are a stranger up here it's best to have someone with you who knows what they heel they are doing should you decide to go on a wilderness hike. The wilderness will kick your ass and again you will go missing. You'd better carry a beacon with you and some flares and know the area (or have a guide) you are hiking because if you go off course you will be in a world of hurt and there's no telling who you might run into who isn't so savy with your ways. Alaska is called THE LAST FRONTIER for a reason. She is nice to the knowing and cruel to the ignorant.

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    Apr 22, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    worst of all , he could come across the wicked bitch of the northwest .

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    Apr 22, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
    That's gonna suck coming from Florida. See, if you grew up in Winnipeg, you would never have this crazy desire.
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    Apr 22, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
    Yeah, I saw this movie .. it didn't end well icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 22, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    to the OP: I'm a bit confused. You say you want to spend "four seasons alone" and then you're interested in hooking up with guys into outdoor sport(s) expeditions? Mixed messages to me - unless you're only seeking advice. Have you ever even spent one month alone - anywhere?

    This is a serious concept you're taking on. Unless you've had practice runs I'd say reconsider your plan - and yeah - please watch some good documentaries on this stuff. Maybe start with ONE MONTH... And see how that goes. People that do this kinda shit either: have experience as rangers and know the land/terrain like the back of their hand, wind up desperately injured, dead, missing, or wind up in an institution if they're found. Do you know how frackin' cold it gets up there???!!! I'm not in any way trying to dissuade you from a life-dream... just be realistic about how you prepare for this and how long you should do your first run.

    Looking at your bio, you clearly know a bit about what you're doing - but even one season is a very long time alone - anywhere - if that's your plan.