We are from Switzerland and coming to Alaska this August. We would like to do an outdoor-camping trip to the Katmai coast for several days. Since we have outdoor experience we decided to do this preferably not guided, but we are not familiar with the Katmai area and it is hard for us to decide for a good and nice camping location to fly in with the air-taxi. Can someone give assistance with fixing a location? I am also wondering how crowded places like Hallo Bay and Geographic are? There seem to be a lot of tour companies that fly people too this places. We would prefer a certain solitude.
The other thin is, we are not familiar with bear encounters I checked with Katmai NPS and got this answer:
So with good preparation we should be OK or are there different opinions?Katmai's Pacific coast harbors some of the highest densities of brown bears on earth. Depending on where you go, you are likely to encounter many bears. While there is no prerequisite experience required for a trip to the coast, you should try to learn as much as possible about brown bears, prepare mentally for bear encounters before you visit, and know how to keep your campsite clean and free of odors that can attract bears. A good place to start your research is Katmai's bear safety pages. Guides are not required, but if you don't have much experience around bears then a guide can provide a high level of knowledge and experience to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.
I would highly recommend using an electric fence during your trip. While fences are not "bear-proof" they are an effective way to deter bears from your tent. However, a clean campsite (with little to no attractive odors) is more important than an electric fence. We also recommend that you carry bear spray.