raptor wrote:I bet you could buy his parcel of AK land for a $1.00 if you wanted it.
So much failure in one article. I am glad the guy lived to tell the story.
90 +miles anywhere in a cheap blow up raft is asking for trouble.
His one play B was a Global Star phone.
It would have been so easy to have had a simple request of the air taxi company to come and get him in week to get extra supplies.
That or in addition to a sat phone spend $399 on a marine EPIRB.
Last I used an Air Taxi = $400 wet hour. That was 15 years ago (looking for lost Boy Scouts who weren't lost - long story)
SatPhones are spotty at best. The InReach system has proven itself to work, and work well, when needed.
(https://blog.delorme.com/2015/06/03/ala ... er-rescue/
That said, while the kid was stupid in too many ways to count, he had some real guts to want to try it alone. Russians can be funny that way. I guess he thought it would be more like "home"
From the posted story
"Yakushin was surprised that his property was spongy, wet tundra, not farmland like his grandparents' place near Siberia."
For the record, even Alaska is 'near Siberia' - I think the reporter missed Geography class....
Looks pretty nice - until you look at a map
The A/O from the air.
http://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/2 ... er-rescue/
has a zoom-able topo map of the area. Have fun, stay safe.