I have never been to Alaska. Following a couple years worth of research, my hunting partner and I reserved dates with a reputable transporter for late August 2012. This is to be a week long bowhunt for caribou.
I'm getting strong indications that my hunting partner is going to back out. I have not discussed with the transporter yet....as I'm not yet certain about him. The only thing I am certain about is the fact I want to make this trip happen.
Again, I've never been to Alaska....let alone dropped off on the tundra. I have done solo hunts in the Rockies....but can't say I've ever been more than a 1/2 day's hike from the truck. This would be a new experience....but to be honest, I'm kind of pumped up by the idea. Transporter requires a satellite phone....so communication is the same regardless how many are in camp. Risk factor goes up of course.....but I don't have a big issue with that. If I had not spent solo time in the wildnerness before....maybe I would question it more?
So, I figure my first hurdle will be the transporter. In general, are transporters willing to drop hunters off solo?
Would also like to hear from any of you that have done remote Alaska solo. Am I crazy for considering this?.....or is this the potential adventure I'm envisioning?
Appreciate any and all feedback. Don't pull any punches.