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  • Originally posted by engblom View Post
    I land in Fairbanks in 35 days all alone, I do not know, I thought I would get a little more welcome when I come and greet in honorary country.
    I thought the majority of replies here have been welcoming and truthful.

    Upon your arrival, you'll find most people here also welcoming, helpful, and knowledgeable.

    If you're given advice while you're here and react as you've reacted to advice on this forum you'll then find people to less helpful and tolerant.

    Please understand, it gets frustrating when trying to help someone and your advice is dismissed.

    Now that it's nearly time for your trip.. Many of us are curious.. What's your final plan? For shelter(and heat)? Food? Transportation?


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    • Originally posted by akiceman25 View Post
      I thought the majority of replies here have been welcoming and truthful.

      Upon your arrival, you'll find most people here also welcoming, helpful, and knowledgeable.

      If you're given advice while you're here and react as you've reacted to advice on this forum you'll then find people to less helpful and tolerant.

      Please understand, it gets frustrating when trying to help someone and your advice is dismissed.

      Now that it's nearly time for your trip.. Many of us are curious.. What's your final plan? For shelter(and heat)? Food? Transportation?


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      I have no building materials. I have no stove. I have no vehicle. I have to go with the ax and some rice and hope I survive on hare and fish, no sorry fish were holy and war, they may become worms and ants to eat.

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      • Originally posted by engblom View Post
        I have no building materials. I have no stove. I have no vehicle. I have to go with the ax and some rice and hope I survive on hare and fish, no sorry fish were holy and war, they may become worms and ants to eat.
        I think it's safe to assume you are not serious. I also think myself and others gave you some solid advice and it would have been only respectful of you answer honestly.

        I wish you the best on your adventure.

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        • Originally posted by engblom View Post
          I have no building materials. I have no stove. I have no vehicle. I have to go with the ax and some rice and hope I survive on hare and fish, no sorry fish were holy and war, they may become worms and ants to eat.
          You don't need building materials. You don't need a vehicle. You just need about $5k for some bomber gear, food, and a ride, and you can have the month- long camping trip of your life....we love tourists with money....we don't love spending state resources to rescue people needlessly. If your plan is really to come here and live off the land my advice is just stay away....
          " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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          • Now that it's nearly time for your trip.. Many of us are curious.. What's your final plan? For shelter(and heat)? Food? Transportation ....... ??? I do not know what you want for answers, i just know i can get up to hayescreek alone and try to survive, it's easier for me if you can explain to me how to survive and what i can eat? I've just tried to learn more about Alaska.

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            • Originally posted by cdubbin View Post
              You don't need building materials. You don't need a vehicle. You just need about $5k for some bomber gear, food, and a ride, and you can have the month- long camping trip of your life....we love tourists with money....we don't love spending state resources to rescue people needlessly. If your plan is really to come here and live off the land my advice is just stay away....
              Excuse me for not having a lot of money. I'll just keep quiet. And not burdened with conscience. Should any of you have come to my country for a month, I would have borrowed both chainsaw, bed, and boat. But I will not bother you anymore because you get very annoying about me. over and out..

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              • Originally posted by engblom View Post
                Now that it's nearly time for your trip.. Many of us are curious.. What's your final plan? For shelter(and heat)? Food? Transportation ....... ??? I do not know what you want for answers, i just know i can get up to hayescreek alone and try to survive, it's easier for me if you can explain to me how to survive and what i can eat? I've just tried to learn more about Alaska.
                How to survive... you'll need shelter and heat, food, water and transportation to help acquire these items.

                Through all the advice given, you're choosing to just 'try to survive' with only an ax? And you wonder why people get annoyed?

                Respectfully Sir, if this honestly is your plan, do your loved ones a favor and camp in Sweden.

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                • Originally posted by engblom View Post
                  Excuse me for not having a lot of money. I'll just keep quiet. And not burdened with conscience. Should any of you have come to my country for a month, I would have borrowed both chainsaw, bed, and boat. But I will not bother you anymore because you get very annoying about me. over and out..
                  I don't think anybody here is really annoyed....maybe a bit exasperated....most here know the Alaskan outdoors (and Alaskan society and culture) really well...and of course we read all the news reports about stranded people in the bush getting rescued. Many of these situations are 100% avoidable but happen due to hubris, arrogance, or unpreparedness....I think the advice being given here is "be prepared, be humble, and expect to do it yourself".....lots of folks on these forums have already learned these lessons the hard way.
                  " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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                  • Please purchase a spot device and purchase the rescue insurance . https://www.findmespot.com
                    Semper Fi and God Bless

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                    • Did you honestly expect us to loan you our chainsaws, atv's, boats, etc?
                      You know I have friends whom I won't loan my chainsaw or boat too.
                      If I know they will not treat my expensive things well and/or do not have the funds to repair/replace them most times I won't loan them.
                      Let alone loaning them to a internet stranger from overseas.
                      Sorry for that but I'm not wealthy enough to replace them easily should they get broken, lost, stolen etc.
                      It's not that I don't trust you. But I don't trust anyone I don't know very well.
                      There was once a forum member asking advice on living remote.
                      Claimed he had experience enough to handle it and was going to look at remote properties.
                      A month or two later his wife messaged me here asking if I knew if he was OK as she hadn't heard from him in over 2 weeks.
                      I can only assume he got ahold of her as he wasn't on the nightly news.
                      I had never met the man but felt bad because if he had died and I had not propetly warned him of the dangers I would have felt a little responsible.
                      I wish you well.
                      But also feel if you lack the funds to do this properly then you should continue saving your money for another time.
                      I've seen people stuck in AK for lack of funds who had to get a job to earn enough to get home.
                      That could have ended badly had he been remote with no money, food,etc.
                      "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

                      "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"

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                      • Most people on this forum have more experience than I do in the real Alaska bush...but this part

                        "But also feel if you lack the funds to do this properly then you should continue saving your money for another time.
                        I've seen people stuck in AK for lack of funds who had to get a job to earn enough to get home."

                        ....is absolutely spot on. Where my cabin is (in the Mat Valley, ATV, d**n near "Road" accessible) 10 miles from the end of the road, I've seen 40 years worth of dreamers come to the end of the road or nearby property to "live the Alaska dream". With less than 5 exceptions (meaning I can count them on one hand), all have failed and end up living *******ized fringe existence in the backroads of the borough where they're not off the grid, but not living a productive life either.....and can't build up their economic reserves to "try again" or to get home or to move to Idaho or to......

                        To the gentleman from Sweden, please take some of the advice here and, for goodness sake, if you're not prepared (financially, mentally, and physically) to undertake the challenges described herein, please stay home. All three types of prep are important, but the responses would seem to indicate a lack of money and a lack of mental prep by being unwilling to accept honestly offered advice.

                        I believe it would be accurate to say that once a person is established in "bush" Alaska, they can get by on surprisingly low amounts of $$...conversely, getting established (in my experience) requires far more $$ than one often anticipates.....and in my often-not-very-humble opinion, blood sweat and tears doesn't entirely cover a shortfall of $$$.

                        Best of Luck to you.

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                          • Originally posted by engblom View Post
                            I land in Fairbanks in 35 days all alone, I do not know, I thought I would get a little more welcome when I come and greet in honorary country.
                            Well you should have been on the ground for 2+ weeks now. How's things going?

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                            • Originally posted by Derby06 View Post
                              Well you should have been on the ground for 2+ weeks now. How's things going?
                              Just a guess but I'm betting we never hear from him again.
                              He seems upset that we wouldn't loan him our boats, chainsaws, and/or ATV's.
                              That coupled with the fact that people do not like to admit their failures to others makes me think he is done here.
                              Unless by some miracle he has overwhelming success I don't expect a progress report.
                              But I am curious as well and wish him the best of luck.

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                              • He has been out on his property for the last 10 days. Found all his property corners and has been brushing out the lines. Doesn't have any Internet with his phone. He has met with some of his neighbors. Plans on staying out there for 3 or 4 more days and then renting a vehicle to see a little more of Alaska.
                                Seems to be very competent. Pretty well prepared with the right gear. Set up his camp and had a fire going very quickly. Shot a grouse for dinner.
                                I think the language barrier and just being raised in Sweden caused most of the problems trying to help him in this post. They just do things differently in Sweden. In person he is very sociable and we got a good laugh now and then because of his poor English and my nonexistent Swedish. He is very savy and comfortable out in the woods. I figure most of you would like him if you met him. Property he bought unseen turned out to be very nice and south facing with big spruce, aspen and birch. After seeing the trail in he understood why we thought a 4 wheeler would be best for traveling around and skidding logs.
                                Anyway he is alive and well and probably will stay that way.

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