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Old 12-28-2018, 04:48 PM   #11
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We have made the trip from Winnipeg to Dawson, on over by ferry on to Chicken, Alaska. on more than one occasion. If you haven't experienced Chicken, Alaska, well, well, hmmmm. I can't seem to think of anything great to say about Chicken.
Our trips were never made solo. Solo is, simply put, by yourself. I would not make the trip without my DW. The support we receive from each other gives us the confidence to make most any trip.
Remember your Boy Scout motto: Be prepared. All of the above posts were on the money. Two spares, extra tools, extra batteries, water on board and a couple days serious snacks just in case....
And take so many pictures that even your mother gets tired of looking at them. You won't regret it down the road.
Lordy, I wish we were going with you!
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:41 PM   #12
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solo Alaska

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I was just going to ask the same question. Seems we're talking about two different things: One person alone going to Alaska and one vehicle with two or more people going to Alaska.....
Yep a true solo Truck, Trailer an' me......widowed,retired, lookin for something new
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:44 PM   #13
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Lots of good advise given, spare gear, maps, time. Once west, I would suggest, Glacier Natl park in Montana. Then decide up to Calgary Alberta-prairies and foot hills ( hwy 93/ 22 )or Golden BC - river valley/ mtns ( hwy 93/95). Then into Banff park, North to Jasper park, Prince George, 97 north to Dawson Creek and start of the Alcan.
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:26 PM   #14
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Safety- garmin inreach

Have no idea how cell service would be up there but i would definitely take a garmin inreach

Good backup/safety
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:59 AM   #15
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I drove up from Mississippi to Fairbanks (through Portal, etc.) solo in a van back in '75 (USAF transfer). Back then it had 1,100 miles of dirt road, but I found that it was smoother than new asphalt! Made the trip in late May to early June so I beat all the tourists and Canada had resurfaced everything. No problems, high fuel costs even then. No real deadline to get to Eielson AFB as I had two weeks to make the trip. Got to make detours here and there and stop whenever I wanted to see the sights. Great trip!

Coming back in October '76 was a completely different story as that was when they'd started paving it and there was no end of roadwork. No fun at all.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:35 AM   #16
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Having moved from Hawaii to Alaska over 11 years ago, I find the some of the same misconceptions about grass skirts and hula girls as replies dealing with the Last Frontier. So from 20 miles NW of Fairbanks here are my thoughts for what it’s worth.

Canada: Here are some don’ts. You can’t bring in any firearms whether for sport self defense etc. That means no guns period. Declaring them means you’ll pick them up on your way out. If they catch you, let’s just leave it at that. You can’t bring in any pepper spray of any flavor :-). You are not allowed to overnight in pullouts. Have we done it? Yes. Have we been caught? Yes. Moving on. Gas is in liters as the rest of the world is metric. Keep that in mind when filling up but mostly in the cost of a gallon in US dollars equivalent. Please know that if you have been convicted of any crime you will not be allowed into Canada. A friend had a marijuana offense in the 70s and to this day he can’t traverse Canada to get to Alaska from WA.

Alaska: Tires. I can’t emphasize enough the need to bring along as many spare tires as you can. Most of our blow outs were from shredded tires so though a flat repair kit should be part of your essential toolkit, in our cases it would have been worthless. Bring a good toolkit and some obvious spares (fan belt…). Gas. Distances are huge as is the distance between gas stations. Calculate and never pass a chance to fill up. Carry at least ten gallons of spare gas. When camping in pullouts or off the grid do NOT, for example, throw your used pasta water out the door. It attracts wildlife. Look out before exiting. Do NOT let Fido go out unattended to relieve itself (pictures in Valdez of a tiny dog being carried off by an eagle made headlines a few years back). Mind the road. Edges are treacherous and fall off at the slightest weight. Keep an eye out for wildlife. A lot of casualties in Alaska are due to hitting moose. When you hit one, you chop the legs off and the antlers come through the windshield (a male bull can weigh over 1000 pounds. Thus f=m*a…). If you’re going hunting or fishing get a permit. Remember some areas are private (tribal), others are for residents only (Chitina dip netting for example). Read and obey the rules concerning what/where etc. Penalties are extreme and are enforced so that we can enjoy the bounties of this great land as well as enable our children and grandchildren to enjoy them.

But above all use common sense. I hope you’ll have a great trip. Happy New Year from all of us at Kolohe Siberians
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:59 AM   #17
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Uh, not so fast, Nunuk of the North. Im sure you have good intentions, but your facts are skewered.
https://www.northernontario.travel/hunting/crossing-the-canada-us-border-how-to-legally-bring-your-hunting-rifle-into-canada
Better info to be had here.
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:05 PM   #18
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I guess I took my statement based on living here and going into Canada fairly regularly in summer and from :

https://www.ezbordercrossing.com/the...m-into-canada/

thus erring on the side of caution as it's up to the border agent's discretion to allow you in or not.

I'm not sure what nunuk is nor what you're referring to, unless you mean Nanook. Let's try and remain polite shall we?
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:02 PM   #19
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Yeah I'm wanting to go to Alaska. But it's a long haul from Houston area. And it would be solo. I ain't dragging the 5th to Alaska. Cabover, yes. So that means just me. No problem with that, it just takes a looong time.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:38 PM   #20
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You have several choices once you get into or near Canada. You can take the ferry from Vancouver or Prince Rupert in BC to Haines/Skagway and then drive the rest of the way in and out of BC, the Yukon and Alaska or opt to take either the Cassiar Highway or the Alcan. I would recommend taking the Cassiar if you want a scenic drive as the 1,000+ miles of the Alcan is straight and pretty boring. The Cassiar though is demanding in the sense that although it is fully paved the edges are tricky and need your full attention on the wheel. Be prepared to see plenty of wildlife seasonally (buffalo, deer, bears...).

The ferry is easier and less of a strain though not cheap and of course depend on timetables should it suit your needs.

I don't know where your end destination in Alaska is, but Beaver Creek the US/Canadian border is about 600 odd miles from Fairbanks. Please note the Beaver Creek border US side is separated by 22 miles from the Canadian border post though the actual Canadian border begins just past the US checkpoint (there was just no suitable place to build the Canadian post due to permafrost etc. closer)*. Make sure you always fill up and take note of the mileage to the next town/village as you make your way north/south.

Still it's a wonderful trip, not a race if you decide to make the trip with or without a towed camper. And again. Bring as many spare tires as you can, fill up when possible and be safe

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