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TEN TIPS FOR WILDERNESS TRAVEL IN ALASKA

 TEN TIPS FOR WILDERNESS TRAVEL IN ALASKA
 BOTHELL, Wash., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released


today by Alaska Northwest Books:
 Adventure awaits you in Alaska's vast wilderness, whether you travel by foot, float plane, river raft, kayak or mountain bike. Opportunities to see glaciers calving into an ocean bay or wonder at the beauty of North America's tallest peak are limited only by time and money. Here are some smart tips to help you plan and enjoy your Alaska wilderness trip:
 1. Gather information on areas you want to visit. There are six distinct regions of the state, each with its own terrain, climate and level of accessibility. Consult guidebooks, such as "The Alaska Wilderness Milepost" (Alaska Northwest Books). Access to many areas is limited to charter plane or boat, so budget accordingly.
 2. If you prefer a guided trip, talk with several companies before making a selection. Don't be shy about asking questions. Remember that you will pay a considerable sum of money and entrust not only your vacation, but your life, to this guide.
 3. Even if you travel with a guide, know basic wilderness safety and survival techniques. Know the signs of hypothermia, how to cross a river safely, assess avalanche hazard, and signal a plane if you are in trouble. Help can be days away.
 4. Always allow time for bad weather. Pack additional food, fuel and other necessary supplies so you can wait it out without discomfort.
 5. Pack clothes and gear for all kinds of weather. High-quality raingear is a must and synthetic (polypropylene/capilene) or wool underwear and outerwear are recommended. Even in summer, it's wise to pack a warm hat, gloves and sweater (wool or synthetic). For warm days, you'll want a t-shirt, shorts and sunscreen. A headnet and repellent to stave off hungry mosquitoes are recommended for summer.
 6. Know how to use a compass and read a map. There are few established trails outside the Southcentral and Southeast regions and it is essential that you know basic orienteering.
 7. Always leave a trip plan with park staff, your charter operator or a friend. Give them information, like the color of your tent, that would help searchers spot you.
 8. Alaska is big, but the environment is fragile. Pack out your trash. Firewood is often scarce or wet, so primus stoves fueled by white gasoline or kerosene are essential. Flammable fuel is not allowed on most airlines, so plan on buying it when you arrive.
 9. Don't count on living off the land. Fishing varies from mediocre to fantastic. Bring more than enough food and rejoice if you can substitute some fresh fish for freeze-dried stroganoff.
 10. Seeing Alaska's abundant wildlife in its natural habitat -- grizzlies, caribou, migrating birds -- is exciting. But be careful not to endanger yourself, others or the animals. Check the guidelines on safe and responsible viewing provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in "The Alaska Wilderness Milepost."
 Plan for the worst and you'll be free to enjoy the best that Alaska has to offer -- wide open vistas, wildlife and the chance to be at home in the wild.
 Information for this article is from "The Alaska Wilderness Milepost," Sixth Edition, $14.95 per copy, plus $2.50 shipping. Check your local bookstore, or contact the publisher: Alaska Northwest Books, P.O. Box 3007, Bothell, WA 98041; telephone: 800-343-4567, ext. 598.
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 /CONTACT: Margaret Liddiard of Alaska Northwest Books, 206-487-6100/ CO: Alaska Northwest Books ST: Alaska, Washington IN: LEI PUB SU:


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