Post by Washkeeton on Apr 22, 2006 21:34:35 GMT -5
Long rider braving ak is a good movie but it does not give much detail. Actually all of the folks that were filmed in the movie were north of fairbanks where the winters are long, dark, and very cold. It touches on the cold but you have to be here to experience the cold and the endless hours of dark. Your shortest day in and around fairbanks is 3 hours and the further north you go the darker it gets until barrow where the sun goes down in november and comes back up in feb. You have to learn to do with no sunlight, and in extreme cold 70 below. I went camping and hauled water at those temps but believe me I loved my cabin at 70 below i wasnt out checking trap lines. The final frontiersman goes more into some detail about the cold and the dark so you can get a feel for what it is like. Heimo is up and around the brooks range if not some what north of it.
yes, i stayed in Barrow for a bit and at the North Pole for 6 months way back when. it was a bit colder there and daylight all the time. I wouldnt be interested in living north of the Circle but that is yet to be determined. when I close out all my business down here my main objective will be to recon by air the neighborhood around Fairbanks.
I am also working hard to buy a Husky to commute with. I have a bit more to do down here but the video helped my family understand the kind of lifestyle I intend to maintain. the video is general but very useful to those who have never been to alaska.
Post by 1withNature on May 5, 2006 10:27:35 GMT -5
Those folks you mention being unprepared doesn't surprise me, people have this amazing faith in their vehicles, especially antilock brakes. Their thought process seems to be, "there's a heater in the car and I'm only have to walk from the house to the warm garage and ride in the warm car to the warm store and back". It's hilarious! And scary, especially in those Alaskan temps. Here in Ohio, this is very typical behaviour. Then again Northeastern Ohio is different. Everyone here is very concerned about looks. How they look, how their car looks, how their house looks. Very much a "keeping up with the Jones' area". I'm too practical and logical for that. I own the 1st Dick Proenoke movie "Alone in the wilderness." It's short, but fantastic. Not filled with Hollywood. I'll be looking for the other books and movies mentioned here. And I agree, doing one's homework and gaining knowledge is the most important. I've been reading over the past few months about primitive living. I'm planning a survival trip with my son, but not to Alaska, yet.
You would be amazed at the number of folks here in AK that dont prepare for the cold, 1 with nature. When my truck broke down comming back from Canada at 50 below I was 15 miles out of north pole and didnt know it. I got a ride in to north pole with the tow guy and he said he was proud of me and my friend cause he doesnt know how many times he has had to pick up folks on the road that have house shoes and a thin night gown that went out for a pack of cigs and didnt even bring a coat and it was 50 or more below 0.
Post by alaskadreamer on Aug 7, 2006 11:07:24 GMT -5
We have seen the movie as well and loved it! Do people still move to the bush? How and where do you get information on doing this? Not saying we could live like the people in the movie Braving Alaska but all the same it is a neat idea for we would love to get back to nature 100% like them to in the movie. Any help on this matter would be thanked.
Welcome to our little forum. It can and is being done, there several members of this board including us who are living in bush now. There is a lot of good information in this forum and don't be afraid to ask questions it may take a while to get back but we will eventually. There are also links to state land sold over the counter. Alaska has thousands of acres of surveyed land for sale along with other programs to get land to the private sector.
"What this country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds." ~ Will Rogers ~ ALASKA HUNTING TODAY