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Old 02-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #15
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And the stories get bigger!

You have to take the plunge to experience these things for yourself.
You can hit bad weather anywhere. We dodged hurricanes in Kansas and Missouri, that upset rail cars, but we still enjoyed the trip.
What is true, is that everything is bigger (and more expensive of course because of the size ) once you cross the 49th parallel.
The mileage signs have higher numbers, the speed limits post higher numbers, the gallon has more liters, the day has more hours, the moon-shines stronger, brighter too, the buffalo are bigger, the Silver Tip Grizzles are huge, and the women are prettier, etc. and etc. How can one worry about the odd raven sized mosquito with so many other things to enjoy.
A couple of hours in the hot springs (after dodging the bears) at LIARD Hotsprings will refresh you for another week.
liard hotsprings, Northern Rockies B, BC - Google Maps

A meal, beverage and show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's will keep a smile on your face for another week.
Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall, Dawson, YT - Google Maps

You have to get out and go, to experience the moment, and be able to tell those enticing stories by the campfire.

If the price of fuel stays high, there should be plenty of room at the cg's North of Watson Lake. (oil and gas crews fill up some area's south of that)
Watson Lake, YT - Google Maps

Go and enjoy. I wish we could go again this year.

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Haven't been up the AlCan hwy since my geology field camp in '74 when 84cent gasoline up there was astounding, but I remember that wool was good, wool on wool till it's thick enough the mosquitos can't bite through. Count mosquitos on how many you get in one swat. Put heavy anchors on your little ones to keep the mosquitos from carrying them off.
Cover your head lights with those plastic globe things for rocks from passing Kennworths. Don't try to save the windshield, just plan on replacing it when you get back.
Oh I've heard they have paved parts of the AlCan, nevermind.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #16
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cool weather is nice camping

We stayed nine days in Ketchum Idaho in early October -- nights were down to 19 degrees Farenheit, days often made it to the low 50s. We ran our catalytic heater (with window and roof vent cracked) during day-time only. We set our furnace to 45 degrees and it cycled on and off through the nights no problem. Solar panels and two 6v golf cart batteries were all we needed, didn't have to use our little portable Yamaha gasoline generator.

One guy had a propane-fired generator (installed in his 30' Classic) and it wasn't gonna fire. Didn't have any kind of fuel cup to get it primed in cold weather, plus wasn't intended for above 2,000 feet elevation. (good grief!) He ended up renting a small gas-powered generator.

Anyway, we never had any pipes freeze -- and with all due respect to other posters on this thread we have never run our heat above 45-48 degrees at night and haven't winterized in five years. Spent some cold nights in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina during those years. Zero problems with batteries, plumbing, condensation, anything else. It's all good.

We're heading north by end of May for Dawson Creek to meet up with Alyeska Caravan on July 11 or 12. Caravan ends sometime early Sept?

Cool weather is nice camping. Don't let it worry you.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:06 AM   #18
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Sasquatch Sightings

You brought up this subject that may now dominate the forums for the next while! Any Airstreamer is allowed to post sightings.
This info will give you some of the best locations for a chance to see the Sasquatch.
Sasquatch Stories, Some Unbelievable Bigfoot Stories, Sightings, Encounters, & Letters

Watch for the females, as they tend to sneak up when your sleeping.

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Old 02-26-2012, 11:36 PM   #19
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Don't forget to bring your fishing gear.
This action takes place in the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.
Xcuse the language, frustration sometimes brings out the poor choice of words. No, it is not me.

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It is the HUMIDITY that will get to you first. A dry cold, dressed in multiple layers and having a sleeping bag as a cover blanket... on top of multiple layers of blankets will keep you warm... WET from a humid area... like Canada and lower valleys in Montana, etc. is suicide.
Agreed ... to check the NWS temperature stats in advance of planning any extended trip/stay. Lower valley (what lower valleys are you talking about - plains areas) humidity in Montana ... where did you experience that? Georgia or down South ... West coast by Seattle perhaps, but outside humidity like you are talking about we have not experienced in 63 years of living in a variety of places in Montana... were you passing through during a rain storm ... possibly sleeping/camping in an un vented TT ... even tent camping will results in "quarts" of water condensed inside of an inproperly set up tent.

Eastern Montana (Billings) only averages 13"/year rainfall ... Western MT is much ... MUCH ... lower humidity. We boondocked in the fall serenity until mid November in our aluminum can without any of the negative experiences written about. Of course, YMMV.

As for cooking bacon, we couldn't agree more ... but it is the bears and other predators that we worry about being drawn in by the residual cooking odors ... as a NPS ranger in Glacier Park, I cautioned folks daily about food storage and cooking in Montana's great outdoors. I would suggest that the same would apply in AK.

We hope that you have a great trip... but let us know the ups and the downs.
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Agreed ... to check the NWS temperature stats in advance of planning any extended trip/stay. Lower valley (what lower valleys are you talking about - plains areas) humidity in Montana ... where did you experience that? Georgia or down South ... West coast by Seattle perhaps, but outside humidity like you are talking about we have not experienced in 63 years of living in a variety of places in Montana... were you passing through during a rain storm ... possibly sleeping/camping in an un vented TT ... even tent camping will results in "quarts" of water condensed inside of an inproperly set up tent.

Eastern Montana (Billings) only averages 13"/year rainfall ... Western MT is much ... MUCH ... lower humidity. We boondocked in the fall serenity until mid November in our aluminum can without any of the negative experiences written about. Of course, YMMV.

As for cooking bacon, we couldn't agree more ... but it is the bears and other predators that we worry about being drawn in by the residual cooking odors ... as a NPS ranger in Glacier Park, I cautioned folks daily about food storage and cooking in Montana's great outdoors. I would suggest that the same would apply in AK.

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As a resident of Montana (Bitterroot valley), I wonder as well, where in Montana he found high humidity.

Also, while honeymooning in GNP a few years back, we were cautioned by the ranger about cooking highly
Aromatic foods, due to attracting critters.
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The smell of bacon cooking attracts ME too. I guess that makes me a critter or a bear or a predator. Hmmmmm need to think about that one.

Have been to Montana and the Dakota's in our airstream but managed to avoid the serious cold weather. Did use the heat pump a few nights though in August. Great advice from thems that have tried it though.
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As a resident of Montana (Bitterroot valley), I wonder as well, where in Montana he found high humidity.

Also, while honeymooning in GNP a few years back, we were cautioned by the ranger about cooking highly
Aromatic foods, due to attracting critters.
You are in a very nice part of the state.
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You are in a very nice part of the state.
Unfortunately it's very smokey in the 'root right now from several fires west of us,
The mountains are totally occluded.
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