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In late June, I and 5 - 6 others are making an 8 day Alaska trip. We are renting GSs in Anchorage and will have maintenance available for them so do not need to deal with tools, etc. That said--what does the collective recommend packing for clothing, etc? Will I need heated gear? Other recommendations? I'm taking my iPad (not the wifi model, 3G only) and an AT&T serviced iPhone with 3G. Once we get away from Anchorage, how is AT&T and wifi coverage?

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post #2 of 11 Old Feb 27th, 2012, 2:10 pm
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I know absolutely nothing about riding in Alaska, but would wonder if you could or should count on ANY phone or wifi. My first thought would be for one of you to find, buy or rent a satellite phone.
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Rent a sat phone for a week, it is about 75-100 bucks depending on model. http://www.anchoragesatellitephones.com/
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On my trip (car) during mid june, it rained 5 of the 7 days in Alaska. Nothing ever dried completely, but we were camping. So, 1 gallon of insect repell, enough food and water for a 2 day break down, 75 feet of 1/4 inch rope, 20 feet of parachute cord, a couple of tarps and a sleeping bag. I'm envious.
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"gallon of insect repell, enough food and water for a 2 day break down, 75 feet of 1/4 inch rope, 20 feet of parachute cord"

As I was reading this, my thoughts were headed toward needing the rope to hang yourself!
I apologize.
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I was in the company of an angry wife and 3 kids. Ya, I thought about using the rope, but not on me.
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My ride to Alaska was pleasant. Only one pass was officially cold and we managed to just barely stay ahead of the rain the whole ride. Didn't really need anything special I wouldn't have taken anyway. The bugs were less than pleasant from the Yukon north. Do gas up when you have the chance, there are a few long stretches between pumps.
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In late June, I and 5 - 6 others are making an 8 day Alaska trip. We are renting GSs in Anchorage and will have maintenance available for them so do not need to deal with tools, etc. That said--what does the collective recommend packing for clothing, etc? Will I need heated gear? Other recommendations? I'm taking my iPad (not the wifi model, 3G only) and an AT&T serviced iPhone with 3G. Once we get away from Anchorage, how is AT&T and wifi coverage?
Heated gear and rain gear... should you go from Fairbanks to Deadhorse on the Dalton or Haul Road... couple options.. If you stay at mid way point Coldfoot or Wiseman... you can unload and travel lite from there on and do a round trip in one day...13 hours average... from Coldfoot/Wiseman to Deadhorse and return to Coldfoot/Wiseman.. carry enough for one night stay...should you get snow bound in Deadhorse (Atigun) pass.. reservation strongly suggestion for anything above Fairbanks. Limited stay places in Deadhorse...Caribou Inn .

Should you opt just for Arctic Circle marker... you can store your gear in Fairbanks...suggest Fairbanks University dorm rooms... or local motorcycle shops have storage bins... up and back ...over night in Coldfoot or Wiseman...

ATT is not good in Alaska... I had better luck with Verizon.. WiFi in many areas... I used a Spot tracker...

Watch weather... rain North of Fairbanks is not good. Haul road is a tough ride in the rain... trust me.

Reservations are needed for ferry (s) day or two in advance...

Everyone is going North or South... learn from other riders what lies ahead.

Yield to truckers on the haul road... they are making a living ...you are having fun and they can make believers out you... pull over put in flashers... they will do the same and easy by...

have fun.. it's a great place to visit and ride... carry a camera and plenty of cards/batteries.

Never ever get between Moose and calf...so if one crosses...be sure the calf is not following... they will turn on you ...

Depending on bikes ... carry at least gallon of extra fuel per two bikes...I found many stores open...but out of fuel...but depends on the range of the bikes... your rental company will have suggestions...
Go online and look at Milepost...a good investment for the group to buy one hard copy of this book... great maps per region, mile by mile listing of stores,fuel, food and so on...

Hope this helps...

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Bama's giving great advice. I'd like to add some things that I wasn't prepared for. It was 1988 and the little woman and I were quitting cigarettes and chewing sun flower seeds. The only thing we could find was 3 or 5 lb bags of bird seed. We bought em and picked out the sunflower seeds. Liquor was not sold at the grocery. However, it was sold outside the city limits, at dives that you wouldn't want to take a tramp girlfriend. I also felt that some times, the Alaskans went out of their way to screw with us. For instance, I'm doing 65/75 mph on a gravel road, a (local Alaskan) car would pass, cut in front, and spew rock on our vehicle. Maybe I deserved it-maybe I was ignorant of their ways. I don't know. Compressor and tire repair kit is a must.

I was also not prepared for a constantly moving and changing sky. It was very powerful, if not ominous. Concerning the strength, knowledge, and resolve of the native people, it amazes me that people choose to live where the wind chill factor can drop the temperature below -80'
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In late June, I and 5 - 6 others are making an 8 day Alaska trip. We are renting GSs in Anchorage and will have maintenance available for them so do not need to deal with tools, etc. That said--what does the collective recommend packing for clothing, etc? Will I need heated gear? Other recommendations? I'm taking my iPad (not the wifi model, 3G only) and an AT&T serviced iPhone with 3G. Once we get away from Anchorage, how is AT&T and wifi coverage?
Went to Alaska in 2007, the worst part where listening to person/s on the internet. lol Almost got busted at the border for pepper spray where someone stated it was ok to take, NOT. I would not take extra gas, nor the satellite phone. The reason for not the sat phone, is the truckers and construction road crew, which you will come across alot, use the CB. Channel 9 and you can listen to construction crew if you have a CB on the motorcycle. Alaska is very motorcycle friendly, vehicles will move over to side to allow to pass and on one lane road construction you are escorted to the front. Alaska is like any other place in the US. You can reach gas stations with a tank of gas, below Fairbanks. I did it on K1200LT Plus one on the bug spray. I rode all the way to Deadhouse. Plus one on heated stuff. It was 33 degrees in Deadhouse and this was in July. I would take very few clothes, 2 shirts, 2 underwear, 2 of each, you don't sweat and take those cleaning packages that you do laundry in the hotel sink. We did not camp, and hotel'd. If you going to Deadhorse, which you can do it in a day, but we did in 2. We took our time and spent the night in Wisemen, halfway point. We had reservation at those two places. It was awesome place on a motorcycle. Did it one on set of tires and skipped a 6000 mile service and motorcycle ran fine. If you have an question you can PM. Did it in 3 weeks from Florida and back. Also did the Alaska Marine Ferry Boat on the way home. 3 day, 2 nights, we took our own tie downs.

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"gallon of insect repell, enough food and water for a 2 day break down, 75 feet of 1/4 inch rope, 20 feet of parachute cord"

As I was reading this, my thoughts were headed toward needing the rope to hang yourself!
I apologize.
Wish I had a like button on this one. Thought it was military operation.......lol I apologize too.

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