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Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska


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    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    I just stopped by Big Ray’s (212 Lower Mill Bay Rd, Kodiak, AK 99615) and they have piles of bear spray in different sizes and shelves of canister fuel in every volume.

    #3787659
    Parke L
    BPL Member

    @parkus

    For the Old Harbor to Kodiak traverse, it turns out there is a recently constructed road (part of a new hydro project) that will take you a few miles north out of town. Currently, where it ends there is an ATV track leading off to the south that unexpectedly curves around and gains the ridge on the west side of the valley. It is a cruiser way to get into the high country to start the traverse (though not entirely free of bushwhacking).

    Unfortunately a member of our party turned an ankle at the end of day one and we had to bail. Beautiful terrain though, and visiting the island overall was a great experience. Tons of wildlife, awesome people. Hope to make another attempt in the future.

    Also, no problems borrowing bear spray from Harborside for free and flying with it on Island Air. You do have to remember to tell them you have it for your return flight though, or they might not bring the necessary containment.

    #3813176
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    We are having a very cool, late spring in Southwestern Alaska. It’s been hard to find a decent weather window to do a trip, but I had just such an opportunity this past week. Serendipitously, this also coincided with some very large spring tides where one high tide occurred in the middle of the day. It is hard to overstate how much more fun Shuyak Island is when the tides are big and you can take advantage of a high in the early afternoon; the portages are easier, you can paddle closer to the shore, there are significant currents flowing in and out of the inlets to take advantage of, and the bears head to the outer coast to dine in the kelpy rocks and tide pools. And aside from Cowboy, the caretaker at the old Port William cannery (and the dog Keeho), I was the only one on the island. Remote Alaska has its advantages. Cheers!

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    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    wow! nice trip and video

    are the cabins part of the state park that anyone can use?

    did you carry bear spray?

    #3813178
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    Yes! There are four public use cabins in the state park. They hardly ever get used. I visited each cabin and read in one of the cabin logs that the last occupants were a year ago. And yes, I always carry bear spray, as does everyone in Kodiak.

    #3813182
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I am fearful of grizzlies for some reason.  I don’t even want to think about polar bears.

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    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    Your attitude is totally understandable. I have run into many hundreds of brown bears in my Alaska travels, and it still increases my heart rate every time. But it’s fun sharing the environment with them.

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