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Raising the stakes

September 28th, 2011

Camping at Deadman’s Lake had really been about raising the stakes. Mike and I had both stopped at organised sites, close to or in settlements, but had yet to wild camp in bear country. Deadman’s was the half-way house, the next step. Far more remote than those either of us had used before. A State run site, facilities were limited to a few composting toilets, a shelter, nothing more save for a warden living in a caravan. We never saw him, but the place was free.

There were a few others around. A Swiss couple in their RV – recreational vehicle. Imagined them to be pretty wealthy as it had Swiss plates. And friendly they were. The lady spoke good English, and her partner seemed appreciatively of my smiles and enthusiastic, if poor, efforts at schoolboy French. Very jovial I thought.

Next morning we were pleased. No bear encounters, and our food stash untouched. Agreeing we were now ready for the next step. Wild camping. In the Canada’s Yukon Province.

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Deadman’s Lake

September 28th, 2011

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Sunset over Deadman’s Lake. South of Tok, eastern Alaska.

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Sunset at Deadman’s Lake

September 28th, 2011

Sunset at Deadman’s Lake from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Sunset at Deadman’s Lake, in south eastern Alaska, close to the Canadian border

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Bear precautions at Deadman’s Lake

September 28th, 2011

Bear precautions at Deadman’s Lake from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken considers how best to protect against bear encounters whilst camping in Alaska

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Culinary delights at Deadman’s Lake

September 28th, 2011

Culinary delights at Deadman’s Lake from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken discovers there are benefits to being a foreigner in North America. The mosquitos preferring fellow cyclist Mike from Minnesota.

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Setting up camp at Deadman’s Lake

September 28th, 2011

Setting up camp at Deadman’s Lake from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Mike and Ken set up camp about twenty miles short of the Canadian border.

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