If we are going to have Alaskans putting full faith and trust in "Cell Phones" & Personal Locator Beacons, Satellight phones, and other equipment for tracking and communicating their time Off-Hwy. Maybe we need a "Basic Wilderness Survival License" to leave the safety of towns and road systems.
And if you need to be rescued and "DON"T have the basic survival lic. then you loose five years of your Alaska Permenent Fund Dividend to Alaska Search & Rescue.
Times have changed.......maybe we need a useful mandatory course in Jr. & High Schools that teach survival. If you need to pass a course to hunt with a Bow & Arrow, or operate your boat, or operate aircraft, why should Snowmachines be exempt.
Was a time that a man would crawl out of the wilderness rather than ask for help, was a time NO One would be caught without everything they needed to survive in the wilderness, both skills and equipment.
Clearly something needs to change........What passes for an Alaskan Outdoors Man today is not what it was 50 years ago, today we rely on battery powered gadgets to compensate for lack of skills and common sense.
Start flaming me.........But you can't deny that Alaskans are have shifted responsability from themself to others for their rescue.