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Surprise Friday the 13th Adventure

Started by Karl Helweg. Last reply by Karl Helweg yesterday. 13 Replies

We received a call Friday morning to search for an overdue aircraft out of Yakutat, Alaska.  The weather was unusually good and the terrain was too amazing for pictures.  Sadly despite it being a…Continue

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Comment by Karl Helweg on June 23, 2014 at 7:25am
Comment by Andrew LaBrador on May 22, 2014 at 11:02am

Summer is fast approaching. What are some of adventures are you planning is Wind surfing one of them?

Comment by Andrew LaBrador on May 22, 2014 at 10:40am

Hello all, I have just updated my information. I am back! 

Comment by Karl Helweg on November 6, 2013 at 2:48pm

Comment by Karl Helweg on July 25, 2013 at 11:56am

Kody F Showers - We just gave up trying to cross the border with guns or ammo since the rules are so vague and change so often.  A .30-30 should be OK....  They only asked about fresh fruits/vegetables, alcohol, and tobacco.  IF you have time I would recommend BAMF.  Oddly, White Horse was advertising a gun show 7/27/13(?)  I wish that I could have stayed just to see what they have.  Takhini and Liard hot springs are good stops.   We saw very little wildlife last week but two Aprils ago the bison/moose, caribou/elk/antelope/bears/deer/lynx were so thick that it was not safe to drive from evening to morning.  

Comment by Intrepid Stephen on July 18, 2013 at 1:05pm

Just got back from a month in Nepal trekking in the Himalayas. I was field testing the first versions of my leather travel bags ( Spent 10 days backpacking to Annapurna Base Camp with a small group of friends, rode elephants, kayaked rivers, hiked mountains. It was amazing. Easily the most intensely beautiful and intensely difficult thing I've ever done.

We flew into Kathmandu and took a short plane ride to Pokhara which was our staging ground for the trekking. From there we trekked into the Annapurna region. Of course, I had a 40 pound backpack on because I had to schlep the prototypes of my bags and photography gear up the mountains. By the end of the first day I was cursing ever spare sock I brought!

We trekked for 10 days up and down what most would call mountains, but there they are just hills. Every day we stopped in a different village and enjoyed a warm serving of Dhal Baht (lentils and rice) and a relatively comfortable bed. It was all worth it when we reached the top!

On the way back we stopped at some hot springs in Jihnudara for a bit to soak our sore muscles and drink copious amounts of hard earned beer.

Thoroughly recommend the trip to anybody looking for a bit of adventure!

Comment by Kody F Showers on July 18, 2013 at 12:30pm

Thank you Karl for all of the info. I wasnt planning on going to BANFF but I will be in Edmonton, so should this be a side trip? I do Have bear spray but I will also be carrying a 30.30 for protection. I am leaving this Monday the 22nd. I am curious about the border patrol also. I have the proper documents for my gun but have read that many food items are prohibited. I have made about a pound of jerky to take backpacking and will be pissed if it all gets confiscated at the border. thanks again for the tips.

Comment by Karl Helweg on July 12, 2013 at 1:42pm

Kody F Showers - there are endless tips for this trip but the top of the list is get a copy of:  This is the Bible for driving to and in Alaska.  It is absolutely chocked full of real tips and warnings.  Make sure you vehicle is in good shape, carry a tool kit, spare headlight, (covering your headlights and windshield with a bug/rock deflector is good), spare oil, a gas can, a bug-out-bag, fishing gear, a camera, every type of bug repellent possible, and a passport.   Are you planning to pan, fish, or hunt?  Are you driving up through BANFF?   Even if you are only hiking & fishing try and carry "bear spray" that starts with at least a .4. 

When are you going?  We should be driving back from Anchorage to the ferry in Haines by way of Whitehorse (see below) 7/22-24/13. 

Comment by Kody F Showers on July 10, 2013 at 3:33pm

My Next big trip is finally upon me. Driving from Indiana to Alaska. I plan on giving Alaska a full month or so and then a few weeks for a long way back home trip via Washington. So the questions arise for anyone with experience where would be some good places to go I know about all the national parks, Tetlin NWR and yukon charelys river reserve. how some things to bring that I might not realize i would like to have with me. We will be doing a lot of backpacking and backcountry camping but are willing to do a tour or two if the price is fair and it is of interest. Also I have read a lot about the Dalton Highway up to the gates of the arctic NP. How bad is it if anyone knows.Anyone one willing to drop knowledge would be awesome.

Comment by Karl Helweg on July 10, 2013 at 12:35pm
"Mini-adventure" was reasonably successful. One %$R#(*$ bolt wasted days of work. It was the top bolt in the tail rudder and had seized up with the old bearing. The problem was that it was held by relatively delicate aluminum flanges so it was a BEAR to cut out. My wife even had fun and finished sewing about half the new leather interior. She ended up flying back on a fancy Caravan full of tourist talking about how they felt like they were on a "reality show." Got a fair amount of work done including polishing but she still needs a couple little parts (like a new tail rudder bearing) and a little machining on the flap pillow blocks to tighten them up.

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