My name is Gary from South Dakota and I've been lurking for quite a few months now trying to soak up as much info as I can. This is my first post and not the one I wanted to start off with. To sum it up for you, I've been planning my first caribou trip at the end of August for about a year now with my father. I've got all the details worked out, flights purchased, reservations made and deposits sent in. As you can imagine, less than 2 months away my excitement is more than overwelming!!!
We are flying into Anchorage Aug 21 and renting a vehicle. Driving to Valdez to go halibut charter fishing for 2 days. Then driving North to Fairbanks to stock up on last minute essentials. Food, water, gear, ect. Then driving the Dalton highway north to Happy Valley where we will meet up with our pilot who will be air chartering us Aug 26 into the field for 7 days. Our charter is a very reptuable pilot out of Prudhoe Bay from what I hear he is one of the best. Thats why we chose him. After the hunt we will drive back South and god wiling prep meat and fly home out of Fairbanks on Sept 4.
A little bit about us. I'm a 30 year old Marine vet who is a hunting fool and cant get enough adventure. I'm an avid deer hunter and have become an elk addict. I've hunted the mountains quite a bit but alaska is a whole new world to me. My dad on the other hand is winding down with age. He's in his mid 60's. Hunted his whole life and taught me everything he knows but his health isn't the best anymore with two knee replacements. I know he couldn't do the 5 mile death march thats why we chose an air charter to get us away from the haul road crowds and to increase our odds of using a rifle. This is his retirement hunt to say the least. But we both know it'll be the hunt of our lifetimes as we've always dreamed of hunting in Alaska.
Now for the dilema. I just got off the phone with our pilot and he informed me that there is a real good possiblilty of our charter flight being canceled due to several complications I'm in complete aww right now and literally feel sick to my stomach! So I"m asking for your help. I'm looking for any plan B pilots or charter services to fly my dad and I out. I know its way late in the game and not likely that I'll hook up with a flight Aug 26 - Sept 1. But at this point I'm not sure what else to do...... Any advice would be greatly appreciated.