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SHTF: 5 Reasons Survivalism is, like, really hard.

We all know a guy. You know. That Guy. The one who ‘has a plan’ when the Zombie Apocalypse’ happens (it won’t). That plan usually consists of holing up in a mall or a grocery store, brandishing ridiculous weapons, and may have taken a martial arts class once.

There’s a survival variant, too, and I’m gonna tell you all about it.

You might find that you’re a That Guy. There’s no shame in it. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I was a mall ninja once, and I’ll admit it, I still like overly complicated and ridiculous ostensible weapons.

These are so stupid. I’m delighted.

Think you can be a genuine survivalist? Well, read through, and see if you think you could stand surviving on your own in Alaskan wilderness. No mall ninja-ing, no martial artistry, just surviving off the land with a basic kit of tools.

Here’s why that might be really, really hard.


  1. Hunting is harder than you think it is. 

    Alright, alright, I know: “But Sam,” you say, “I hunt all the time. You’re being stupid. (insert other colorful language to taste)”.Yeah, alright, hunting in the Lower 48 isn’t so bad wen you take a truck out and use a kitted-out rifle with a scope and whatever else. But we’re talking a basic kit, remember. No fancy tricked-out rifle (maybe a basic one, but you’ll run out of ammo eventually), no guides, no premade baits, you’re trekking out in your warmest clothes in temperatures anywhere from 46 to 70 degrees. Oh, and hunting season obviously doesn’t apply all year, unless you have your proper Resident subsistence hunting permits. In that case, you may find yourself a hell of a lot colder while you’re trying to fish, hunt, or trap while there’s snow and ice around.

    Oh, but that’s not all: Remember, game will make tracks if they realize there’s a human nearby. You can quickly run out of game to track in your nearby area, forcing yourself to be nomadic, or to occasionally ‘migrate’ from one settlement to another like the Korths.

  2. Moose are Huge. 

    No really, have you ever been up close to a moose? Really up close? I can tell you they can get up to 6.9 feet at the shoulder, or 1,500 lbs, but does that really convey how big a moose is?

    Patio and car in background for scale.

    How about Grizzlies?

    “See that idiot over there with the rainbow knife, cubs? Were going to eat them.”

    Let’s not forget wolves, cougars, coyotes, Wolverines, bison… Look, anything adapted to live in Alaska is either full of blubber like most of the sea life, or is 90% fur and horns/teeth/claws/spikes. Or at least, that’s what it’ll feel like when you’re facing down 600 lbs of angry grizzly.

  3. What if the worst happens? 

    So you got beat up by a grizzly. That’s okay! There’s a whole 26 hospitals in Alaska! …and 663,300 square miles of land.For those who don’t feel like doing the math, that’s one hospital for every 25,511 square miles or so. That would be assuming they were spread out evenly, of course, and they are not. I’m not even gonna go into the amount of trouble you can get into from weather, falling into the ice, animal attacks, potential infections, bad water, or diseases from fleas and ticks, among other things.

  4. This isn’t the Boy Scouts. 

    Ok, you were in the Scouts, you know your way around building an impromptu shelter, distilling water with a solar still, how to build a campfire…When was the last time you actually did that? Did you do it in Alaskan temperatures? Can you use whatever fire starting gadgets you have in windy, wet conditions, to reliably start a fire with freezing, gloved hands? Can you cook the meat you hunted over a sputtering campfire? Can you build a home beyond a basic shelter to keep you warm and dry? If you can, you might just be better off than you thought!

    Polish boyscouts acting as couriers during the Warsaw Uprising, picture from Wikimedia. These kids are more hardcore than I will ever be.

  5. Do you have the coin for it? 

    Er, yeah. Turns out, living ‘the way our ancestors did’ is more expensive than you think.
    “As of 2015, Alaska’s largest metro area, Anchorage, has an average monthly rent of $1,410. One-bedroom apartments rent for an average of $1,050 per month. Kenai, a small town, is somewhat cheaper, with an average rent of $837 for all apartments.””Utility bills north of $300 are not uncommon in Alaska’s colder regions.”
    “In Fairbanks, a smaller and more remote city, prices are higher: $4.75 for milk, $3.36 for bread and $5.75 for a pound of chicken.”
    These quotes come from Investopedia.com and you know, it’s a huge state, so you have to make sure your truck and/or snowmobile is functional, possibly with spares for when things inevitably freeze and/or break, and also only 267 gas stations in the state. Goodness only knows how often they can get refilled.

    6. Bonus round

    This one might not be surprising to you, but it might be to ‘That Guy‘: You need people. You need people to talk to, to barter with, to laugh with, to smile at, you need human interaction. Even the loneliest of introverts needs somebody to talk to. If you think you don’t, congratulations: You’re a ‘That Guy‘. But hey, prove me wrong, and tell me your story in the comments!


Anything else I forgot? Feel free to tack it on, I write these for your amusement, and I can absolutely be wrong, though I do my best to *Research.

*Read as: google

King’s Landing Hotel

King’s Landing Hotel
147 E. Pioneer Avenue

Homer, AK, 99603

Tel: 907-235-7787

Home Away From Home

Homer’s finest original log hotel located in the heart of Homer. These comfortable, non-smoking accommodations will make your business or pleasure stay an enjoyable one.

  • Free resident car parking

  • Free high-speed internet

  • Free Wifi access

  • 24 hour reception

  • Laundry facilities

  • Tea & coffee making facilities

The Sterling Needle Bed & Breakfast

The Sterling Needle Bed & Breakfast
355 Fairway Drive
Soldotna, Alaska 99669*9061
email: rssandra@alaska.net

Amid Alaska’s Playground, the Kenai Peninsula, Soldotna artist/host Sandra Sterling has operated the artful and immaculate Sterling Needle Bed and Breakfast since 1999. Featuring home cooking and handmade quilts on every bed, your hostess can teach you how to catch a salmon, fillet it out, and bbq grill it on the expansive back deck. Smiling faces grace your stay surrounded by installation art, and a purring cat on your lap can cap the end to a perfect day in Alaska.  Available on Airbnb, or call 907-262-3506 for more information, or view at www.sterlingneedle.com.




310 Tern Circle
 Soldotna, AK  99669
Call to Book Now:
(907) 262-1992

Kenai River Suites is located in the Heart of Soldotna!  Not only do you have your very own private riverfront fishing & lodging but we are walking distance to shopping, restaurants & the beautiful Soldotna Creek Park. 

There are 9 two bedroom suites boasting a beautiful one bedroom ultimate Honeymoon Suite.  This room has a Jacuzzi tub for two right in the bedroom with french doors so you can lay in bed & look out at the gorgeous Glacier fed Kenai River.  All units have a full kitchen with everything you need & a nice cozy living area to relax in after a long day fishing or

exploring the Peninsula!

Do you want to go out on a fishing charter? A fly out? A glacier dog sled trip? Maybe a Kenai Fjords trip while the guys are catching those Red Salmon or  out on a Halibut Charter out of Ninilchik or Homer? 

We can book all your charters & tours for you!

Fish where you sleep, love where you are!

Welcome to King Salmondeaux Lodge

Welcome to King Salmondeaux Lodge

 Alaska Fishing and lodging at King Salmondeaux Lodge in Soldotna Alaska, where Southern & Alaskan hospitality meet.  King Salmondeaux Lodge is committed to providing you the most memorable fishing Alaska trip of your life.

?King Salmondeaux Lodge is a fisherman’s dream come true. Located at mile 26.5 of the world famous Kenai river, and featuring over 700 feet of prime river frontage, this is the place where world records are set.  The lodge currently consists of 5 beautiful riverside cabins, four roadside cabins & introducing 2 new deluxe cabins in 2017! The deluxe & the riverside cabins are on the banks of the beautiful glacier fed Kenai River and the road side cabins are 100 yards from the riverside cabins.

Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave this hidden gem.  We are far enough from town that you feel like you are in your own private paradise… but yet close enough to run in for supplies or make easy day trips to Homer, Cooper Landing or Seward.  Even better, let us customize your trip for you with excursions & meal plans.

King Salmondeaux Lodge
33126 Johnsons Drive, Soldotna, AK. 99669

Caribou Crossing Cabins

Caribou Crossing Cabins
Loren & Dianna Hollers
48254 Prairie Ave.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Each log cabin can accommodate four to six adults. Our cabins offer a quiet and private country setting! Just ‘down the road’ from fish processors and shippers. Usually beginning in late summer and through fall, we are located on a natural route where the local Kenai River Caribou herd passes by our property Moose cows and their calves are an ‘everyday’ sight.

Amenities include:

  • Private bathrooms with shower
  • Kitchens featuring electric stovetop, refrigerator, microwave, countertop and roaster oven
  • Barbecue grills on covered porch deck
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Daily maid service
  • Fish cleaning tables for processing you fresh catch!
  • Fire pit for evening socializing and fish stories
  • Great memories and plenty of new friends!

Our cabins are smoke-free and pets are not allowed. Designated smoking areas are available


The Main Lodge of Anvik Lodge

The Main Lodge

The hand-hewn spruce log lodge is 6,000 square feet & houses up to 14 guests in five interior rooms & one cabin. The interior rooms open out onto the hub of the lodge’s activity – a large great room with vaulted ceilings & big picture windows that look right out onto the river. The great room is complete with fly-tying station, wood stove, comfy couches & chairs, bar area and a huge rustic dining table where our guests enjoy dining & socializing with one another. Imagine not seeing anyone else besides our staff & the other lodge guests during your whole stay.

A portion of the main lodge is an original homesteader’s cabin that has been converted into kitchen, pantry and your host’s family quarters.

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For more information including rates & packages, please call 

TOLL FREE 866-885-0020 

or email us

Fishing at the Anvik River Lodge

Here’s what Rene Limeres & Gunnar Pedersen have to say about the Anvik River – in their #1 Selling Book on Fishing Alaska, written by Alaska’s top guides, ALASKA FISHING THE ULTIMATE ANGLER’S GUIDE –

“Not too many folks know of the Anvik River of western Alaska; fewer have fished it. But it is one of the most important fish producing tributaries of the entire Yukon, and can offer a high-quality angling adventure for a variety of species, with virtually no fishing pressure. Like many Yukon & Kuskokwim drainages, it has a slow, wide meandering lower section (with good pike & sometimes even sheefish available), with the best conditions for salmon, char and grayling angling in the clearer, swifter upper sections.”

They list the highlight of the Anvik River as being “One of the Yukon River’s major fish producers, with under-utilizied sport fishing potential.”

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned angler, fly-fisher or spin caster, you’ll have the time of your life reeling in pacific Salmon, Northern Pike, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling all on the Anvik River. Your guide will take you by jet boat to the hottest fishing you can imagine. We’ve got this entire gin clear river to ourselves so there’s no need to fly out to other rivers to find fish or escape the crowds.

Since the Anvik River is shallow enough to wade and we have almost 24 hours of day-light you can fish right in front of the lodge, unguided, from the docks or shoreline until late in the evening if you wish.

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For more information including & packages, please call
TOLL FREE 866-885-0020
or email us

Ayakulik Adventures in Kodiak

Whether you want spectacular salmon fishing or Kodiak brown bear viewing – or both! – Ayakulik Adventures in Kodiak, Alaska, has what you’re looking for. Amy Fredette of Ayakulik Adventures has been guiding on the Ayakulik River since 1992. Let Amy and her professional staff introduce you to an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime here on Kodiak Island! Inline image 1

The Ayakulik River is home to the world famous Kodiak brown bear. With an abundant and endless run of salmon entering the river June through September, high concentrations of bears take advantage of this rich food source. A dream come true for all photographers! Photograph and view the bears fishing at the mouth of the river as salmon enter from the ocean waters, and along the river’s shoreline following the salmon as they continue upstream. With the lodge being located directly on the river, bear viewing is literally “right outside the front door!”

Inline image 1If you’re in the mood to wet your line, salmon fishing is king. The Ayakulik River receives the first run of salmon on Kodiak Island with the arrival of sockeye salmon in mid-May. This is a long and continuous fish run lasting until the first part of September. It is a truly unique fish run, boasting a yearly average of 300,000 sockeye. King salmon enter the Ayakulik June through July, while pink salmon enter mid-July to the beginning of September. Silver salmon enter mid-August through the month of September.

Here’s a better look at the fish species in the Ayakulik River:

?KING SALMON: The king salmon put up a long hard battle, and take a fly very well. The layout of the Ayakulik River is the best one will find within Alaska for catching these magnificent fish on a fly! The peak dates for kings are June 13 – July 26. Fish size: 15 to 50 lbs.

SILVER SALMON: The silver salmon is a very acrobatic Fish. They hit flies very aggressively and then proceed to leap and dive. They take both wet and top water flies equally. Peak dates for silvers are August 23 – October 4. Fish size: 8 to 20 lbs.

Inline image 2SOCKEYE SALMON: The sockeye salmon are hard fighting and the most delicious fish to eat. The Ayakulik has an excellent continuous run of sockeyes throughout the summer. Peak dates for sockeyes are June 4 to August 29. Fish size: 5 to 15 lbs.

PINK SALMON: The pink salmon, the smallest of the salmon species run in abundant numbers and take flies very well. They can be fished along with sockeyes in late July and August or with silvers in August and September. Peak dates for pinks are July 20 to September 10. Fish size: 2 to 12 lbs.

STEELHEAD TROUT: The steelhead trout have two runs on the Ayakulik. The “out” going run in the summer then the “in” coming run in the fall. Steelhead take both wet and top water flies. All steelhead are catch and release. Peak dates for steelhead are June 4 to June 26 and August 23 to October 4. Fish size: 24 to 48 inches

DOLLY VARDEN/ARTIC CHAR: The dolly varden is a beautiful colored fish with runs through the summer and fall with the most abundant numbers in August and September. Peak dates for Dolly Varden are June 4 to October 4. Fish size: 1 to 6 lbs.?

For more information on Ayakulik Adventures, visit ayakulikadventures.com.

2 Kenai Riverfront Lots Available


  • River Mile 43
  • 2.75 acres total (1.11 & 1.64)
  • 300 ft total riverfront (150ft each)
  • Boat Launch
  • Slough
  • Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing
  • Silver Salmon Fishing at it’s
  • Boat or Drive In Access
  • 20 Minutes drive from Soldotna
  • Lot 2 offers an old cabin just steps from the river with a small kitchen and 3/4 bath. Electric & phone in place.

Steve Renner (907)232-1319
Cari Molinaro (907)841-4223
Keller Williams AK Group of Eagle River