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Old 05-30-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, California
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The U.S. Issue - A Cabin in the Inland Passage Wilderness of Alaska - NYTimes.com
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Homer Ak.
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Hey !!! there isnt anything there for people to get mad about! Are you trying to ruin your reputation or something??? LOL sounded like a nice quiet vacation.
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Old 05-31-2009, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, California
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Hey !!! there isnt anything there for people to get mad about!
With all the outsiders discovering Alaska, it won't be long before the hordes stream in and ruin the place. I think it is time for AIP to begin a fresh recruitment drive.
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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With all the outsiders discovering Alaska, it won't be long before the hordes stream in and ruin the place. I think it is time for AIP to begin a fresh recruitment drive.
Ummm....what is a fresh recruitment drive and qualifications...
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Very good post!

Sadly though, there will and has been people coming here with a dream and didn't bring the mental tools to make it happen. Their skill levels may not be up to par or don't think that living or being in true wilderness as being something hard, then they get in over their head when they are on their own...

Then others have to go and save them from themselves..
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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If they come and spend their money then go home when their done it's all good.
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, California
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If they come and spend their money then go home when their done it's all good.
This is the well-known Swiss model: come, see, spend your money here, then go back, don't stay on.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:38 AM
 
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Great article, very nicely written - it was able in a small way to potray the feeling of the experience. My favorite line was:

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And a wood stove by which to dry our supposedly waterproof boots. And hooks to hang all our newly purchased L. L. Bean rain gear.
Gives me visions of all the city folk from the lower 48 coming up trying to get the "real" Alaska experience - maybe trying in some way to live the Dick Proenneke adventure. But as far as more visitors streaming in, that's obviously what we promote, and I have no problem with anyone getting a taste of Alaska in whatever way they can. As long as they go home when they're done! Seriously though, as long as they are respectfull of the place and don't leave their trash, great!
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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BTW, I always take it for granted that other's are familiar with the Proenneke story, but I guess I shouldn't. If you've never heard of him, I would HIGHLY recommend reading the book AND watching the DVD. If that doesn't inspire you about Alaska, nothing will!

Alone in the Wilderness, the story of Dick Proenneke, by Bob Swerer Productions

Alone in the Wilderness, DVD and VHS available, the story of Dick Proenneke
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, California
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But as far as more visitors streaming in, that's obviously what we promote, and I have no problem with anyone getting a taste of Alaska in whatever way they can. As long as they go home when they're done!
Mass tourism is a slippery slope. Once the locals get hooked on to the easy money that it brings, it can quickly spin out of control. What perhaps saves Alaska from the corrosive effects of mass tourism are the harsh weather conditions for much of the year, which discourage the casual drive-by visitor.
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