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This is only a partial answer, and I don't feel comfortable citing the following source without permission. I e-mailed a highly condensed version of my question to a reputable guiding company specializing in small group trips and custom charters in Southeast Alaska. This is the reply: A trip into bear country is not without risk! The first and most ...


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The original route of the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race, which started in 1973, was what is now known as the Northern Route. In 1977 the Iditarod Board of Directors decided to split the route into two sections, and the Southern Route was created. They also felt that alternating routes each year would be the best way to do it. Both sections of the trail ...


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There are a number of circumstances where bear spray is at a disadvantage to firearms including environmental factors like wind, rain and cold temperatures. Know the product! Winds, rain, snow, freezing temperatures and age of the product all play a role in the effectiveness of bear spray. If it’s expired, properly dispose of it according to manufacturer'...


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I used to live in Washington state. There are similar regulations there. As Charlie says in his comment this is "legalese for mud flaps" For passenger cars it is integral to the cars design. Think about a logging truck or semi without a trailer. All those large tires (eight+) on a wet rainy and/or muddy road. The truck is in front of you and there is no ...


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I found an image of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail available at: http://www.mappery.com/maps/Tony-Knowles-Coastal-Trail-Alaska-Map.jpg It is exactly the same as the "printable map" that you linked to, but much higher quality, so you can actually print it out and use it.


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I don't know that trail, but check OpenStreetMaps. That database has become pretty good in recent years, even for trails. Paper maps are a good failsafe, and bringing a paper map and compass is a good idea. However, a interactive map with live GPS input is really nice to have. There are various tablet apps out there that allow you to download maps ahead ...


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They might be confident to carry bear spray because it is the better and safer option than carrying a gun. This was discussed a bunch of times on TGO already, one example of it can be found in this answer here, which cites sources claiming that bear spray shows 98% effectiveness in deterring grizzly attacks in Alaska, whereas bringing a gun did not show ...


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