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I think the main lesson is how lucky we are nowadays, in general, even though it's human nature to dwell on negatives. Most of us have no trouble getting enough food to eat, not just enough, either, but such a wide variety of high quality. We can turn a knob and have all the clean water, cold or hot, that we want. We can sleep warm and dry every night. How little danger we face compared to the past where saber toothed tigers or cave bears would be stalking us at night, or when enemy tribes might attack at any moment. In our normal lives we have ready access to the best medicine in human history.

I think most of us are lucky to live when, and where, we do.

So the main lesson would be to notice that the glass of life isn't half empty, it's 3/4 full. Appreciate it.
I wish you well on your next adventure. Hope you are able to share these lessons with as many people as you can. They are hard learned but valuable.
You ever thought about a Tom Sawyer/ Huck Fin adventure? Maybe do a little rafting? The Mississippi is sure nice in the spring after the thaw....
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...You ever thought about a Tom Sawyer/ Huck Fin adventure? Maybe do a little rafting? The Mississippi is sure nice in the spring after the thaw....
I have had that very thought. Here's the story.
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Buck,
Now that we know about the AT, Miss R, and Admiralty Is you are the designated long solo trip expert.

Yesterday while shopping I ran into a young guy wearing a "Midnight Sun Hotshots" sweatshirt. We had a nice discussion about how 3 week trips fighting fire on the Tundra changed his outlook. As a forester, I always enjoy talking with wildland firefighters. He now has a job in our valley and is happy to be home. There is no doubt that working in bush Alaska changes people.
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Thanks! How did you find that, bunkerbuster? Great resource. Wish I would have had a printout of that before I left.
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first I must say that I went to your website and what I found was amazing.... thank you for that!

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as a fire jumper I just wanted to say thanks for getting out there and risking your life as you do/did.

Finally,

I think I want to be YOU when I grow up!
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im gonna go off into the woods like you but not freakin bear grills hungry man proenekke. any advice would be helpful
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hah look at my name and look at the thingy under you name
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Thanks for the Mississippi River story... fantastic!
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Great read. I've envisioned doing something of the same sort.
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Thanks! How did you find that, bunkerbuster? Great resource. Wish I would have had a printout of that before I left.
That publication is fairly recent, 2013 I believe.

I learned much of it working around indigenous folks who's lifestyle was impart dependent on "subsistence" foods. It's pretty amazing what you can fish/trap/hunt/forage/gather, once you learn how, plus what's good & what's not.

I was born in Alaska. My grandfather was a placer gold miner, trapper, hunter, fisherman, guide, logger, etc. I thank God for all he and others he associated with taught me in my youth.

More than once I would have been a bear bait "corpse" had I not known the things they taught me.
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Bunkerbuster,
I was just hanging out with my relatives in Seattle. My Dad is 90 and he was telling stories about stuff he learned from his Dad and uncle. He described his 10 day solo backpacking trip in 1940 at age 16. My great grandfather and his 5 brothers were avid outdoorsmen around Mt St Helen's starting in around 1889. Old ways are the best ways.
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Wow! It's posts like this is, that indeed make this such a great forum. Thank you for sharing your adventures. Reading your trials and tribulations was quite interesting.

The information you shared is priceless. Bringing a canner with you was geneous. I'm now considering trying a rocket with my all american. In case the need arises, the experience will be there.

I'm also happy/ impressed to read of your adherence to ethical and legal considerations. Many would not do the same, even if not in a subsistence or life or death situation.

Thanks for sharing.
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Everyone might want to hold off on buying his dvd Alone Across Alaska.
Just got mine from Amazon, and it doesn't play. All my other dvd's play in my player,
but this does not. It gives error message, "eject dvd, this one does not have play back feature". wth??

Looks like I'll have to return it.
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Everyone might want to hold off on buying his dvd Alone Across Alaska.
Just got mine from Amazon, and it doesn't play. All my other dvd's play in my player,
but this does not. It gives error message, "eject dvd, this one does not have play back feature". wth??

Looks like I'll have to return it.
Hi albertjohnson, sorry about that. I've sold thousands, and if this one is unplayable it will be the first one that I know of. They should all be identical. Regardless, it's satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Could you try it on a computer or some other player? If it doesn't play, PM me with your address and I'll personally send you a replacement ASAP. If you could PM me with the name of the listed seller, that would also be great. Thanks!
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Already sent it back Buck

Here was the info:


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Your refund will be processed when we receive your item.



Alone Across Alaska: 1,000 Miles of Wilderness

Bruce L. 'Buck' Nelson

Sold by: Warehouse Deals, Inc

$17.24


Tried it in TWO different players...even the 2nd one kept locking up while it didn't play at all on the 2nd one.

Was so looking forward to it. I'd guess it was this outfit Warehouse Deals, Inc
that was the problem...might have been a bad copy or bootleg.

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Sounds like you bought a bootleg copy or a damaged, used one or maybe both, definitely from another seller, my seller name is *alaska which is the default seller for Alone Across Alaska on amazon usa.

I guarantee my new, legal copies will play. There isn't a single complaint of a nonplayable one on Amazon.
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70 days as food and bait
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Buck: Seems so. Funny thing, there were two business cards enclosed that looked official.
They had you in silouhette with www.BuckTrack.com on the front and a big muskox on the back saying "please pass along this card to a friend".
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Hi AJ, I don't know where they got that DVD, but if it was a new, shrink-wrapped DVD I'll reiterate my offer to send you a replacement if you PM me your address.
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Thank you for sharing! You are doing what most of us only dream about, my hats off to you.
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