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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a hiker from Finland and staying in Alaska until next spring. I'm interested in long-distance hiking, my longest hike until now has been in Norway last summer (about 350 mi) but that wasn't long enough . I would be interested in hearing about your experiences in long-distance hiking here in Alaska, about your routes, gear and other thoughts. I'm also following the idea of light backpacking so any shared experiences about that are appreciated and would be very interesting to hear how light hiker is able to handle the Alaskan wilderness .

    And of course, before the long-distance trip can happen, I'm doing lots of shorter ones so any ideas about trails in Alaska are welcome as well!

    Thank you all!

    P.S. If you are interested in my adventures in Alaska, you can visit my blog in http://alaskan-escape.blogspot.com.

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    Since you are not an american and can't legally own a gun here, i would say a good, tested, can of pepper spray and a bear bell should be high on your list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bklausman View Post
    Since you are not an american and can't legally own a gun here, i would say a good, tested, can of pepper spray and a bear bell should be high on your list.
    I could be WRONG, but he can buy a firearm. He may or may not be able to export said firearm to Finland.

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    Search 'alaska mountain wilderness classic' for some route ideas. Hope you enjoy your time here!

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    Look into the historic Chilkoot Trail.
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    Does this shotgun make my butt look big?

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    Tremendous amount of info and route possibilities here==and not just for packrafters, but hikers as well:

    http://packrafting.blogspot.com/

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    You don't have to be an American to own a gun; I'm a Canadian and I imported mine in... haven't bought any here but it looks like I'd just have a bit of a waiting period since nothing comes up when they do a background check on me.

    I would do a search, someone on here I think named Buck Nelson, traveled the spine of the Brooks Range all the way from the Canada border out to the shore of the Chukchi (correct me if I'm wrong). Some of it was floated on the Noatak if I recall correctly.

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    Hello everyone, and thank you for your tips!
    For the gun discussion, I won't carry one even if it was possible . For bear-proof I think I will use spray or banger, or both. Or are there other options?
    There are definitely good options for long-distance hiking here, and it seems there many coming from Europe just to do those trips. It also seems you have to be prepared to both hike and raft which adds more challenge for light gear packing, but surely we'll find some good choices!

    Thank you everyone,
    Piia
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    Quote Originally Posted by piiakort View Post
    Hello everyone, and thank you for your tips!
    For the gun discussion, I won't carry one even if it was possible . For bear-proof I think I will use spray or banger, or both. Or are there other options?
    There are definitely good options for long-distance hiking here, and it seems there many coming from Europe just to do those trips. It also seems you have to be prepared to both hike and raft which adds more challenge for light gear packing, but surely we'll find some good choices!
    Thank you everyone,
    Piia
    http://alaskan-escape.blogspot.com.
    Just get you a good can of spray. Check out http://andrewskurka.com/adventures/ and also read a book called crossing the gates of Alaska by Dave metz. It is a very good read and you will learn alot by reading it. Good luck!

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