Kodiak Island coastal travel in south Kiliuda Bay for archaeology
May 10, 2023 at 12:05 pm #3780801
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Every spring for many years now I have helped my friend Patrick conduct archaeological site surveys in the Kodiak Archipelago. He does the actual archaeological work and I sort of tag along for safety, logistics, and to do most of the camp chores. Between the 2 of us we have about 65 years coastal Alaska backcountry travel experience, mostly in Kodiak and the Alaska Peninsula…May 10, 2023 at 1:29 pm #3780803Matthew / BPLModerator
How does cooking in your tent work in grizzly country? Do you put up and electric fence?May 10, 2023 at 1:38 pm #3780804
We will put a e-fence around camp if we are going to leave it unattended for any length of time. When we are ‘home’ we don’t bother. Our coastal brown bears are wild, and hunted, so they are afraid of humans. Once we get away from villages or places with a lot of human traffic (e.g., popular fishing locations) where bears might be bolder we have always just kept a clean camp but otherwise go about our lives. Since this was a short thru-hike we didn’t bring a fence.May 10, 2023 at 5:46 pm #3780810Kevin BabioneBPL Member
Thanks for posting – It’s amazing the content you can put into a video that’s only 2:38 long.May 11, 2023 at 2:19 pm #3780860obx hikerBPL Member
Thanks Phillip! You’re on a roll! Also really enjoyed the vid you linked about the guys going over the Abajos thru Fable and Gypsum and down the river in Utah.
I googled alutiiq and found a link for anyone interested in the archeology. Alutiiq Qayat
PS: What was the Redcliff like? Looks spacious and comfy and the sod wall flaps and stove? Take some weather I’ll bet. Not BPL but still pretty interesting.May 11, 2023 at 4:16 pm #3780863
Thanks, guys. Yes, I try to keep the edits tight and interesting. Luckily there is plenty of material to film up here. I mostly make the videos for my own consumption as a sort of travel log. I find it more compelling than a photo album.
The DCF Redcliff is a 6-person tent when you aren’t using a wood stove, and a 4-person with a wood stove. We have numerous smaller DCF ‘mid options (I have a DCF SO Cimarron 4-person, Patrick has a Ti Goat Lone Peak, and so forth), but for really getting to spread out it is hard to beat the Redcliff. We use it for field work and on our elk hunts. When we are hunting, we often have more than 4 people so the Redcliff turns into the cook/social tent that 4 guys end up sleeping in, with the extra folks sleeping in the “mother-in-law” tent.
The website that obx linked to is actually the organization that Patrick works for as the curator of archaeology. We were doing field work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Old Harbor Native Corporation who contracted the Alutiiq Museum. It’s not a bad deal getting paid to hike and camp.
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