Rolling to Alaska in RV 2016; Whose coming?

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    John
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    Hi all. BIG Alaska trek starting this year.

    Heading up from Seattle early May 2016 or sooner depending on weather and wandering back down around October 2017. Most likely traveling solo this trip, but my navigator’s seat may fill by opportunity. Not much planning done, but I’m staying in Seward over winter in a furnished rental apartment/home/condo of some kind, hopefully where I can park the RV, or I’ll stick it at a local marina. With the Iditarod and many other winter activities, a Florida boy will be right at home! Whose up for a little mushing!

    Plan is to backpack, fish, kayak, horse ride, ice climb, glacier hike, fish some more, mountain bike, explore and campground/ boondock camp everywhere my rig will go, whale watch, mountain climb, ski, sail, snow mobile, then fish some more. Got a freezer in the basement for my catch/kill; gonna grow a beard, get gnarly and live off the land (yeah right, and every pub I encounter).

    I’ll brave some cold weather going up the shortest route via Cassier. Coming back, I’ll pick a route out of Milepost easterly down through Jasper CA, etc. I don’t get in a hurry.

    If anyone wants to roll in a caravan going up, I’m not set on a date. Please let me know. My rig will be set up for cold weather and boondocking, but a betting pool on my survival odds may yet pay off. I know some other folks going up on a motorhome who need to be in Anchorage by 5/1, so I’ll have a weather/road report.

    Rolling in a 2011 Ford F350 Lariat 4 x 4, DRW and a 2011 Carri Lite 36XTRM5. If you substitute paid invoices from RV repair techs for bread crumbs, following me ain’t hard. Setting up the rig for cold weather and putting some solar on for the ride.

    Any takers?

    Exciting stuff….lots to learn.

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    #24992

    Lauren
    Member

    We are planning Alaska trip May 2017.  What route(s) are you planning on taking thru BC?  We are not a fan of the Cassie Hwy. Lots of very high summits to climb. How many are you planning on spending going threw  BC?  Which ever route you take make sure to grocery shop in Prince George. Food is expensive the further north you go. We live in BC  and travel from Vancouver Island to Terrace  a couple times a year, always taking a different route up and back.

    #24994

    Lauren
    Member

    If you do take Hwy 37 (and I use the term Hwy loosely) you must go into Steward BC/Hyder Alaska  to get Hyderized.

    #24996

    John
    Participant

    Thanks Lauren.

    Route is not certain. Several folks here have posted their routes. http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=121259

    Most agree with you that the Cassie is a little harsh. I think I’ll take a more easterly approach.

    Good info on the shopping. But if the world keeps using the US as a cash safe haven, I guess the exchange will be good up there this trip. I’ll still be rolling around Alaska in 2017, as I’m wintering in Seward. If I’ve thawed out, give a shout!

     

    #24998

    John
    Participant

    LOL…Yes, just saw a video on the hyderization process! That will be both a lay (or fall) down and lay over for sure. That’s the tallest shot I’ve seen since my 20s!

    #25008

    Lauren
    Member

    You said you were thinking about taking the eastern route thru Jasper Ca I think you mean Jasper Alberta. The ‘Ice fields Parkway’ Hwy (Ab Hwy 93) is worthwhile. Take a ride up onto the ice fields where Superman was filmed.

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    We took the Stewart Cassiar hwy in 2013. It was was a little bouncy in areas but not a route I would miss. It’s a beautiful trip with several Provincial Parks on lakes.

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