Travel To Alaska

ALASKAN INSECTS

I don’t want to discourage anyone, but with the amount of moisture that stays in the ground, you’ll find mosquitoes quite abundant in wooded and marshy or other low-land grounds, so bring plenty of mosquito repellent.

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The alternative is to stay near higher, rocky or barren areas. Mosquitoes breed at the sides of even the coldest and fastest streams. But if you are near a wide stream with dry gravel beds in it, you can camp there and also get away from mosquitoes somewhat.

When camping in Alaska

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INDOOR FACILITIES ARE RARE:

Yes, you can find all the conveniences in a lot of private camping areas and a few in some public camping areas. But if you are going to spend long hours hiking or camp in remote areas, there will be few or no outhouses. There are latrines in a lot of the parks, but there are millions of acres of country to wander through. So plan on some inconveniences and plan accordingly.

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Our Alaska parks have specific rules for waste disposal, sanitation, building campfires, storing food and other camping matters, so find out what these rules are and keep our environment safe and clean. Basically, if you “leave no trace” of ever having been there, you are doing the right thing.

I’ll tell you a little secret. The picture of the high-bush cranberries (above) is in this section for a reason. If you run out of toilet tissue, their large soft leaves make a great substitute.

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