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    Hi there everyone! At the beginning of May I'll be moving to Alaska to work at Nancy Lake State Park on the Trail crew as a volunteer for 3 months. I've always wanted to visit Alaska and I figure this is my way of doing that while giving back to the area at the same time. I'm extremely excited but also not entirely sure what to expect and what to bring. If anyone has any advice for me in general or in regards to the Nancy Lake area I'd really appreciate you input...Thanks!
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    Good raingear and XtraTufs. And a compass; easy to get turned around in that low lake country.
    " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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    • #3
      Exactly how many degrees off of true north is it around there? I'm assuming about 25-30 degrees east of north variance? I guess that'd be a good thing to learn in case I actually need to use my compass. As far as that raingear is concerned, any particular brand or retailer you recommend for something that actually keeps you dry?
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      • #4
        Maybe a GPS would serve better; I heard somewhere that the volcanic eruptions we've been having will mess with a compass. Don't know if there's any truth to it. For raingear, Helly Hansen or Grundens.
        " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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        • #5
          I think the declination is 27 degrees...at least it was when my topos were put out in like 1954...

          Helly Hansen raingear is good. Xtratuffs are good. Good quality hiking boots are helpful. Last summer was wet and cool all summer. Fleece is a good choice. Of course it could be 80 degrees and sunny. Buy bug dope, preferably the 100% deet uncle bens or equal. I hate that stuff on my skin, so I put it all around the bottom of my baseball hat to keep the skeeters off my ears. Keep the 100% deet off your helly hansens or they will melt...

          I worked for the state parks back in 95 as a volunteer. It was a great experience. The folks at Nancy Lake are good people.

          Twist, PM sent...

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          • #6
            Don't forget fishing poles.

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            • #7
              Ya, luckily since I'll be working at the park, they said they will provide some poles unless I just want to bring one of mine...I have a few nice ones but I'd rather not chance any damage in transit since I'm sure theirs will do fine. I'm also going to have weekends off, so any suggestions on places I should go or things I should do are appreciated.
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              • #8
                Head Net and Bear Spray.
                I'm Pro-Pike.

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                • #9
                  NOAA mg declination calculator:
                  http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomagmodel...alcDeclination

                  About 19-20deg east and decreasing here in the Valley.

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                  • #10
                    Cool link...thanks Eric.

                    I really can't wait to head up there. Watching Alaska Week on Discovery Channel last week was killing me...

                    Also, I'll be turning 21 while I am there so if anyone is near Wasilla area and wants to grab a beer around the end of July let me know...
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                    • #11
                      Rain gear, bug dope, and don't forget a camera. You might also have a few days that you'll want shorts and sun tan lotion. I'm thinking we might have a decent summer.

                      Loaner fishing gear has a tendancy to be trashed, so you might re-think bringing a rod and some tackle. I like 1/4" spoons and cast masters for rainbows, u/o spinning rod and reel and 6# test.
                      Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

                      If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Paul. I'm definitely bringing my cameras and figured I'd pack a pair or two of shorts since I'm warm natured anyway. What do you consider a good summer? Here in Texas its not even summer and already 95 degrees today...That is not a good summer to me since I love cold weather. I'll rethink the rod and reel when I'm packing and perhaps throw in my collapsible if nothing else.
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                        • #13
                          It hit the high 40's most of the snow was gone and my wife switched over to flip flops:eek:. It must be summer!!!!

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                          • #14
                            A good summer would be severarl sunny days in a row (especially when fishing), and the temps breaking 80 degrees.

                            Seems like last summer it only rarely got into the 70's, and was overcast and drizzly most of the summer.
                            Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

                            If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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                            • #15
                              If you've never heard the call of a loon, or the slap of a beaver tail, or seen a big bull moose or a black bear swimming across a lake, or sat in a canoe in the center of a mirror-like pond and watched a rainbow over the spruce bog, Nancy Lake is the best place to fall in love with these things. I'm sure you'll never forget your time there. I might even see you there; when I win the strip canoe from the Sportsman's Show, that's the first place I'm headed.
                              " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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