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Old 09-17-2008, 03:24 PM
 
Location: um....guess
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One can own all the latest equipment and accessories for camping hunting etc...but if you don't have a little common sense...all the latest and greatest still won't do much good. I had survival classes back in 9th grade. It was a class in school! We were hiked out in the woods, had to build shelters, make fires, scrounge food, set up visual aids for aircraft to help spot us, make and set snares etc...it was fun stuff. And I think it helped most of us prep for real life in Alaska. I'd like to see all the schools in this state provide that option for a class. Even in the bigger towns like Anchorage etc.
Rance, I once took a wilderness survival class in college. It was one of my favorite classes, we spent a weekend in the Nicolet Forest, hiked in a couple miles, set up our own shelters, cooked our own food, etc. I would like to take more of those classes & also do some sort of retreat. I also have a couple of wilderness survival books, but you know, until you do it you have no idea what it's like. Positive mental attitude & keeping your wits about you goes a long way too.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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One can own all the latest equipment and accessories for camping hunting etc...but if you don't have a little common sense...all the latest and greatest still won't do much good. I had survival classes back in 9th grade. It was a class in school! We were hiked out in the woods, had to build shelters, make fires, scrounge food, set up visual aids for aircraft to help spot us, make and set snares etc...it was fun stuff. And I think it helped most of us prep for real life in Alaska. I'd like to see all the schools in this state provide that option for a class. Even in the bigger towns like Anchorage etc.
They do in Juneau.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/...c_safety.shtml
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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About twenty years ago I took Arctic Survival and learned a bunch. We went on a field trip into the woods in winter and got separated into groups and had to build a fire. There was a stolen snowmachine near our group so I thought it would be a good idea and get some gas from it and start a fire with it. Our instructor came over and failed us for cheating on starting a fire. We argued with him and told him that the only reason we'd be out there is that we broke down on the snowmachine and had to use the gas to help start the fire. After he thought about it, he changed his mind and gave us a A in the class.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Rather pleasant to see this thread up and running again!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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starlite, I don't know about you, but I am so tired of seeing newbies who's idea of survival training and awareness is checking for a cell phone signal....
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: WE MADE IT!!
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A little off topic here but SOMEONE turned the heat off in my part of AK. It went from cool to foggy nasty hand freezing cold.
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, California
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A close shave. See -


YouTube - Bear Attack Alaskan death wish
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:15 AM
 
Location: southern california
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dont know too much bout moose but got a friend who bear hunts in alaska extreme sports stuff. very dangerous. a bad drop can get you killed in a jiffy.
stay on the truck huck.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: WE MADE IT!!
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I would love to see our school here have some type of survival classes for the older kids. Most kids here either snow machine,ski,or trap and it would be nice to know that they have a little knowledge in case it is ever needed.
My sons want to get into mushing and I have gotten my a book but nothing beats a live person talking to them so they can answer questions.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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That is why you at "least" carry a pistol to make some noise to scare them off. If the guy wasn't armed and "Mom" thought he was a threat, he would have been up "S**t Creek" and no paddle... Having a weapon and not needing it is much better than needing it and not having it.
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