Why did the bear rip up my tent?

This is a question that commonly gets asked when I recount my bear attack story on the Dalton (original posting detailing bear attack). Still camping wild I’ve found myself contemplating this question wondering what I could have done differently to have avoided the situation altogether.  Although it’s hard to say for sure I’ve come up…

Reflecting on Alaska

Finally I now have a chance to update this blog; it’s been hard to find the time and internet connections are few and far between. Alaska has been an exceptional experience and having made it into Canada, I’m able to reflect on how good it’s really been. Long winding mountainous roads passing through exceptional scenery,…

Tok – finally

Made it to Tok, next stop is Haines 438 miles away (or something) in Canada. Likely to take a week and not really sure there are many more options for food so my bike is bursting full with mountains of food that I’ve just purchased; I’ve had enough of “wasting away lethargic” cycling. The difference…

Denali Highway and the Aurora – Northern Lights

OK no bear attacks or dangerous river crossings on this one (for me anyhow) but the past week has been another exceptional week in Alaska.  I headed south and then east from Denali National Park down the 135 mile long Denali Highway. Yet another misleading description for a road in Alaska; this is most definitely…

Denali / McKinley shows its full glory

Just came back from a spectacular 6 days in Denali National Park. A truly phenomenal experience; a park with exceptional beauty and some of the best hiking in the world. Combine that with hundreds of grizzlies and some fairly hazardous terrain I was excited to get out there. On one of the hikes I had…

Bears, bike failure & tears above the Arctic Circle

I’m now back in Fairbanks after my 10 day / 500 mile cycling expedition from the most northern tip in Alaska.  I’ll be posting a second report with details of the “tent mauling” incident after this one (this was kindly executed by a black bear at around midnight near milepost 22 of the Dalton; mildly…

Prudhoe bay – ice road truckers

Quick post to let you know I’ve made it to Prudhoe; having gone as far north as possible above the Arctic Circle and I’m now ready to start cycling south. This will be the only spot with reception for the next 10 days, so last update for a while. Wednesday was spent at hilltop truckers…

Lying in bed, 11.21 pm the night before…

…heading up to the Arctic ocean tomorrow (hopefully). A state of high excitement. Going to a truckers cafe to try to get a ride, could be tricky as most truck company policies don’t allow it. I’m hoping the gods will be kind to me as they were coming up from Anchorage to Fairbanks, although I…

Made it back!

Quick update before I set off up north to the Arctic Ocean. It’s been so hard to keep up with the schedule of this trip; I’m bound by certain weather windows so I must do all I can to hurry up. Anyhow made it back from my first training exercise on the Kenai Peninsula; quite…