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partireper.it 10-31-2012 01:18 PM

Riding Alaska in March Apri 2013
 
Hi guys,

Gionata here. Been almost 8 years on the road with my old rusted Honda Transalp and after a long await here in Santiago the Chile, I am planning to head up north in January to get to Alaska and finish my journey in Italy, after shipping from somewhere in the east coast of CANADA-USA to Portugal.

Would anyone from Alaska know if around March/April the weather allow riderds to ride all the way to the top of the continent?

I am specifically looking for roads closure info and weather condition and climate during those months.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Gionata Nencini

babarnette 10-31-2012 01:37 PM

Ice. Studded. Knobbies. There will still be lots of ice and snow on the ground especially if you plan on going up the Haul rd to Prudhoe bay. Plan accordingly. I've only been living in Alaska the last 4 months and I'm moving back to Mississippi next week so some of the other guys here may have more info.

AKtracks 10-31-2012 01:43 PM

Gionata,

There will still be snow in Alaska during that timeframe, so you will certainly need studded snow tires. The road to Deadhorse may be closed from time to time without warning due to hazardous weather conditions and snow avalanches. Temperatures during that time of the year in northern Alaska range from 30F to -30F.

nuttynu 10-31-2012 01:48 PM

Yup, march and April will still have snow, especially up north.

Do you have a Milepost book ?

friar mike 10-31-2012 02:47 PM

Is your medical plan paid up? do you have med-jet or the like you may need it.

partireper.it 10-31-2012 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by babarnette (Post 19941298)
Ice. Studded. Knobbies. There will still be lots of ice and snow on the ground especially if you plan on going up the Haul rd to Prudhoe bay. Plan accordingly. I've only been living in Alaska the last 4 months and I'm moving back to Mississippi next week so some of the other guys here may have more info.

Thanks Babarnette,
once the studs are mounted, is there anything else I should worry abot? How cold can it get up there in March April and more importantly, how often can the temperature drop even if it's spring?

partireper.it 10-31-2012 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AKtracks (Post 19941329)
Gionata,

There will still be snow in Alaska during that timeframe, so you will certainly need studded snow tires. The road to Deadhorse may be closed from time to time without warning due to hazardous weather conditions and snow avalanches. Temperatures during that time of the year in northern Alaska range from 30F to -30F.

Wow Ak, that is quiet a range of temperature? I could totally ride with 30F or even 20, but surely -30F would me make and the bike struggle... I have written to garbing to ask an advise of what I should need to buy for those temperature, as I am not a big heated vest fan and certainly not experience about the right products to buy.
I normally ride patagonia with jeans and goretex pants and a tshirt + jacket with laynet. I am not really a worried about the cold, but at -30 I have never been.
Any recommendations?

partireper.it 10-31-2012 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by nuttynu (Post 19941366)
Yup, march and April will still have snow, especially up north.

Do you have a Milepost book ?

A Milespot book? What is it?

partireper.it 10-31-2012 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AKtracks (Post 19941329)
Gionata,

There will still be snow in Alaska during that timeframe, so you will certainly need studded snow tires. The road to Deadhorse may be closed from time to time without warning due to hazardous weather conditions and snow avalanches. Temperatures during that time of the year in northern Alaska range from 30F to -30F.

AK, had a look at the map and realized Fairbanks is on the way to the deadhorse and Pradhoe Bay. Does your shop sell studded snow tire 21 front - 17 rear? Do you think I can get to fairbanks without studded tyre or will I need them before it?
I'd happily come a visit you guys at Adventure Cycleworks if you recommend so.
Cheers

HayDuchessLives 10-31-2012 09:59 PM

Deep snow can linger late into spring...
 
This photo was taken in early April when I went backcountry skiing with some friends. We stayed at some awesome hot springs outside of Fairbanks for a few days. We "enjoyed" balmy temps in the single digits during the day and below zero at night. We encountered blizzard conditions skiing in to the cabins and again while skiing back out and visibility was poor. Be careful!

http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/a...f/46d5df13.jpg

aufevermike 10-31-2012 10:44 PM

Yeah, you might want rethink your plan. There is a snowmobile poker run in March that goes from Tok, AK to Dawson City, BC Canada. This is on the Top of The World Highway (Taylor highway) Trek Over The Top) So here is an idea. Come up in early march do the poker run on snowmobiles and then in June you can meet everone at the D2D(its not a rally), same route only it may be snowfree and a bit warmer. There is even enough snow in South-Central in April you will definately run into it up North.

friar mike 10-31-2012 11:49 PM

you mite want to get a rethink on this NUT BAR idea heres some more info.I use to live in a town you have to pass through coming into Alaska (Tok) and in March it can be a standard -30F day and night all month

http://www.currentresults.com/Weathe...ture-march.php

AKtracks 11-01-2012 12:38 AM

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Originally Posted by partireper.it (Post 19943698)
Any recommendations?

Yes, reschedule your trip to Alaska to May, at least.

AKtracks 11-01-2012 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by partireper.it (Post 19943763)
AK, had a look at the map and realized Fairbanks is on the way to the deadhorse and Pradhoe Bay. Does your shop sell studded snow tire 21 front - 17 rear? Do you think I can get to fairbanks without studded tyre or will I need them before it?
I'd happily come a visit you guys at Adventure Cycleworks if you recommend so.
Cheers

No, we don't sell studded snow tires. No, you'll need studded tires while you're in Canada, several hundred miles before you reach Alaska.
Our shop is closed for the winter, and won't reopen until May, when the roads are clear of snow/ice.

Alcan Rider 11-01-2012 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by partireper.it (Post 19941178)
Would anyone from Alaska know if around March/April the weather allow riderds to ride all the way to the top of the continent?

If you time your ride just right, you can join us in our annual April Fool's Arctic Circle Ride (which we insist all participants realize IS NOT A RALLY!). We try to keep the number of riders below 200 to minimize traffic disruptions on the Dalton Hwy, but for someone coming from way south of the border, we could make an exception.

Khuddy will undoubtedly be riding up from Montana for the event, as he hasn't missed one yet (other than the very first one) and would probably be glad for the company, so you could join him as he travels across the snow-covered wasteland.

I would provide a link to ride reports covering earlier occurrences of this event, but Mr Huddy has gotten a little behind in posting those reports. Something about having difficulty getting the photos uploaded, he claims.

To sign up, just send a PM to khuddy (who posts frequently in this forum) and he will tell you how much to send for the honor of joining the hordes of riders who make this event what it is every year. He might even offer a discount if you will let his friend Maggie ride behind you from Fairbanks to the Circle and back. Your bike can handle two-up riding, can't it?


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