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Information for Alaska Paddlers

General information can be had through some fine sites such as:

Some things to do before you go.

  • Before embarking on any kind of wilderness journey in Alaska make sure you understand the gamut of what can happen and be prepared.
  • In the river segment, consider taking two craft minimum, particularly if there's whitewater.
  • Understand proper wildlife etiquette.
  • Keep bomb-proof fire starting paraphernalia on you.
  • Understand and practice "Low Impact Camping" techniques.
  • File a trip plan with someone not on the trip.
  • Understand "hypothermia" signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
  • Have a least one or more participants knowledgeable about how to deal with medical emergencies. Build a first-aid kit around their abilities, or buy a professionally made one like "Adventure Medical Kits" through "Northwest River Supplies".
  • Bring a "Personal Location Transmitter" or an aircraft hand held radio. These are rentable in Anchorage. Try "Eagle Enterprises" at 907-562-2331. Satellite phones are available for rent at many dealers in Anchorage.

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Margie Elsberg, Maryland

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