2. Never Lie About Your Weight
If anything, pad the actual number when flying in a bush plane, praying the pilot figures the weight distribution correctly in favor of staying in the air.
3. Bear Spray
A Wild Man is savvy enough to carry bear spray when hiking in the wilds, or just checking the mailbox. He never knows when he'll come upon a bear. This special brand of pepper spray is a heavier concoction than what is intended for your average stalker. And he never forgets to spray downwind after that one time he didn't.
4. Always Carry a Gun
Carrying a gun in Alaska pretty much goes without saying, but its good advice to repeat anyway. The noise from firing a gun works to scare off bears and other animals that might want to eat you, which there are actually a lot, and signal for help—we'll learn more about this in DEATH CACHE. My heroes never leave home without one.
5. Throw Rocks
Best bear deterrent I have personally found is to throw rocks at them. They don't like it, and usually run off. This is a last resort kind of thing, and surprisingly has scared off bears that had gotten used to us firing guns, horns, banging pots, and screaming. Though being close enough to throw rocks at bears is not a position I ever like being in. Hmm…this needs to go into a book.
6. Get Naked!
Body heat saves lives! Here are a few facts about how to recognize if you or someone you are with is becoming hypothermic.
Shivering (this is actually a good sign that the body is still trying to warm itself. When shivering stops, things become critical). Lack of coordination. Slurred speech. Confusion and poor decision making. Tired, lack of
concern, loss of consciousness, weak pulse, and shallow breathing.
Hypothermia is one of the highest causes of death in the Alaskan wilderness. A lot of people aren't aware they are hypothermic because the symptoms are often gradual. They become confused and not aware of what is happening and then it's too late.
So if your wild man tells you to get naked, don't fight it. Sharing body heat will most likely save your life.
7.Head for the Trees
When being charged by a moose, run for the trees, the thicker the better. They can't navigate with speed around trunks, giving you a chance to get away. Note: don't do what Eva did in MOOSED-UP when she was being chased. Climbing trees that have their roots in permafrost, is never a good idea.
8. Stud Up!
Winter is coming. Get studs on those tires now before an ice storm catches you unprepared. A good studded tire helps you grip on slippery surfaces. Don't want you sliding out of control.
9.For the Love of Onions, Wear Layers!
Fairbanks, Alaska is known for having some of the most extreme temperatures variances in the world. I've seen summers that reached 100 degrees and one winter were the temps plummeted to -75 below zero. A bone-chilling, nostril-freezing week of hell.
Hell isn't hot people. It's cold, so cold it burns.
While fishing on the Bering Sea this summer, we had an afternoon where we were sunburned, drenched with rain, pelted with sleet, and blown off the water with wind that kicked up to hurricane forces.
So do not leave your shelter without plenty of layers. One thing you can count on, Alaska is unpredictable.
10. Take the Toilet Seat Inside
Men, it's not enough to make sure the toilet seat is down, it needs to be warm too. If you are living wild enough to not have running water, but a glorified outhouse, have a mobile toilet seat that you bring inside the heated cabin. That way, your woman doesn't have an icy seat when she needs to make a nature call. It's the little things that keep your woman happy and keeps you living the wild life.