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    Default Alaska survival stuff

    Hello, I realize there are loads of survival guides/books available everywhere, but can someone recommend a guide or book that solely focuses on Alaska? Lots of info in general books may not apply to Alaska (different plants, poisonous berries/plants, different animals, etc.).
    Also, where can I get a small, packable (as in backpack or raincoat pocket) survival kit also geared for Alaska?
    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Wish I could help with the reading. It would be interesting to see AK-specific books. Alaska is so large, though, I think you could probably categorize it into 3 or 4 different geographies; it might take a book to cover each.

    I think a decent survival kit is one that's tailored to what you want it for. One in the car or boat should be able to keep you warm, watered, and fed, and also give you a way to communicate for help. Hunters or hikers who charter planes to get to remote areas should be ready to sit tight for a week or two in case the weather gets too bad for a pickup. One of the most informative websites I've found for making different sized kits is this: http://www.equipped.com/survlkit.htm
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    I carry a pocket size book called, Staying Alive in the arctic. The only place I’ve seen them is at Eagle Enterprises.

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    You might chacke out Mors Kochanksi's book "Bushcraft" for general artic/boreal survival and some plants.
    Some good plant books are
    http://www.amazon.com/Alaskas-Wild-P...9321778&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Medicinal-Nort...9321778&sr=8-2
    If you are local you can go to Title wave books and they have lots of good books.
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    Default Good question..

    I would love to see a book specific to Alaska. But so far, no luck.

    As for a survival kit, make your own. I would include Quik Clot, stops bleeding. Buy at Cabelas. Also, take a platypus folding bottle, matches in tube, fire starter, fire starter, and some fire starter. Check out a product called "wet fire". They are small white blocks that burn in water. Amazing little firestarter. Weigh nothing. I would invest in an ACR microfix personal locator beacon. I have the original and it is an impressive device. A back up plan for the back up plan you might say. A kit would be specific to what you are doing, how remote, etc.. But I have found that it does little use if not on your person. Below is a bag that you can put the ACR microfix, basic first aid, fire starter, etc.. in and then wear it on your person at all time. It is a fully waterproof hip sack. The company, Pacific Outdoors, makes a few models. Get the one that has enough room for your kit. Very high quality bag that is 100% waterproof. Tough material too. Below is the bag that I have. I also attached some other links for you to check out.

    http://www.pacoutdoor.com/2008/index...=29&familyID=2

    http://www.rei.com/product/751974?cm...:referralID=NA

    http://www.basegear.com/wetfiretinder.html

    http://www.ultimatesurvival.com/prod...product_ID=435

    http://www.ultimatesurvival.com/prod...product_ID=429

    http://www.ultimatesurvival.com/prod...product_ID=431

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___12320

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___37828

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___81279

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___81113

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23161

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___81896

    Aside from the actual survival kit, I would consider a high quality fixed blade knife as a required item. Below is the one that I have and I am very impressed with it. Aside from cutting, it would be helpful in building shelter, cutting wood, etc..

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...889&hasJS=true
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    That quick clot stuff is very good lot's of soldiers owe their lives too it for sure. If you ever use it though be sure to keep it out of your eyes even a small amout will do nasty stuff to them.

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    Default true..

    Good points about the Quik Clot. They make a sponge now so you don't have the bits to contend with. I would hate to be sitting in an ER with someone digging through my would removing all the granules. Go with the sponge type. A new release as of last year if I am not mistaken.
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    Default Survival stuff

    I have quite a bit of survival gear items.
    I'm stocking up to start building kits specifically for Alaska.
    If interested you can PM me.
    I live in Wasilla.

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    Default Not specific to Alaska

    But it covers the spectrum, is easy to read to the point, and logical to boot. Also this handbook is nice and small yet easily readable!
    When in the field I keep it in my back pack at all times – it is small enough that you could keep it in your pocket if you wanted. The handbook is titled “SAS Survival Guide handbook” By John Wiseman

    That said the absolute best survival book that I ever read was “Deep Survival” By Laurence Gonzales. It’s a must read!

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    hey donatterock......nice job putting all that survival stuff together! some of it is standard in my "kit", the rest i will review for a necessary addition.

    my view on survival equipment is to actually use it and replace when needed. that way it isn't a shock when it's an emergency........and we KNOW everything works!

    happy trails.
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    Default Alaska based Survival Group

    In answer to your question, there aren't many books or manuals dedicated to survival in Alaska; but there is a group operating here in The Last Frontier State.

    They can be found here; http://www.alaska-watchmen.com
    20+ members that actively plan, prepare, and train in Alaska.



    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim View Post
    Hello, I realize there are loads of survival guides/books available everywhere, but can someone recommend a guide or book that solely focuses on Alaska? Lots of info in general books may not apply to Alaska (different plants, poisonous berries/plants, different animals, etc.).
    Also, where can I get a small, packable (as in backpack or raincoat pocket) survival kit also geared for Alaska?
    Thanks,
    Jim

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    here's some info for you, http://www.arcticwebsite.com/USAAFsurvival.html very good stuff, let me know if it helps. And hey greybear give me a call my #is below in my signiture
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironartist View Post
    here's some info for you, http://www.arcticwebsite.com/USAAFsurvival.html very good stuff, let me know if it helps. And hey greybear give me a call my #is below in my signiture
    Nice site, I'll study it.

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    it's all about helping my fellow man out, Thanks, print it for future thought
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    Default Alaska Survival Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Franke261 View Post
    In answer to your question, there aren't many books or manuals dedicated to survival in Alaska; but there is a group operating here in The Last Frontier State.

    They can be found here; http://www.alaska-watchmen.com
    20+ members that actively plan, prepare, and train in Alaska.
    The group's new website can be found here:
    http://www.alaskawatchmen.com
    http://www.alaska-watchmen-group.com
    http://www.alaska-watchmen.net
    http://www.alaskawatchmen.net

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    franke good luck weeding these guys out,,,,,,,, been there done that if you need any help let me know. Also why don't you add these web pages to your homepage instead of cluttering up the original post with them
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