I was wondering if I could get some advice from the "Been There-Done That" crowd...
I am planning on taking my first canoe trip in Alaska this summer. Not sure "exactly" which river yet, but I still have time to figure that out. I have canoed extensively down in the lower-48, many, many miles of happy times, but having bought my canoe late last fall, I never had the time to really take it out. (It's a coleman "scanoe" with a 3HP outboard.)
The trip will be my girl and I, and we will have a member of her family take us up river (Early Friday) to a drop point, and then pickup us up on Sunday.
I've poured over the various posts here, and learned alot about the things that I was a little "challenged" about. But, I still have a few things that I'm trying to work through:
1) What's the best way to carry extra gasoline, without having bears eat my little plastic can?
2) Using a steel/plastic drum, lashed in the bottom of my canoe; do I have to hang the thing in the trees at night to keep the bears out of my food.
3) Would roasting marshmellows on the fire create an issue with bears?
4) Does leaving a lantern burning at night reduce the possibility of bear and other animals visiting my area at night?
5) I plan on toting a .338Mag as my primary rifle. Other than tying the thing to the canoe, is there a better way to carry it onboard, and have it at hand, without loosing it should I tip the canoe?
Yeah-I think that you could probably guess that I have some apprehention about bears. Perhaps it's because I scared the crap out of myself reading the "Bear Attack" books, trying to get a handle on things. But not enough to keep me out of the woods.
I live in Chugiak/Eagle River. Was looking at the Eklunta or Knick rivers as a place to start my adventure.
Your thoughts, suggestions, and hard-earned experience should appreciated.