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Old 07-24-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Jetboil type cartridge availability

Hi guys,

We're flying out to Anchorage in 6 days time and something dawned on me - am I being a bit presumptious in thinking I'll be able to get cartridges for my Jetboil fairly easily?

Made a similar mistake when we took the trangia with us to Canada first time round and struggled to find anyone who knew what the equivalent to methylated spirt was - FWIW, it's definitely not coleman fuel

We land in Anchorage, picking up a rental car (SWMBO wouldn't let us rent a bike) and over the next two weeks are making our way up to Fairbanks, then heading East and back down to Anchorage and spending the last few days below Anchorage - other than a couple of things already booked, the rest can work in around it.

Getting quite excited now
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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They're readily available in most sporting goods stores in the state...including REI in Anchorage
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:54 PM   #3
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And most accept American money.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #4
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If you catch them open between blizzards Sportsmanship Warehouse has them some seasons...there's always an airdrop option as well(it's cheaper if you bundle TP and other supplies)
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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jetboil gas canister

there is or was an out door store near the budget rental car office in ANK.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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Keep in mind other canisters also fit the Jet Boil and some even carry more fuel. Downside is they don't stack in the cannister, but a warm meal is a warm meal.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #7
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I don't know anything about Jet-Boil...
But next time you set about on a search for Methylated Spirit, ask for Methanol, or ALCOHOL. Either are easily sourced, various trade names such as HEET are sometimes used.
most truck stops, or auto parts stores will carry 'brake line de-icer' that is pure methanol.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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REI in ANC will have the jet boil stuff.

^as far as alcohol goes the best value is the 99% denatured alcohol from Wallmart. Avoid Lowes as they carry 95% stuff which will soot up your pots and stove. As far as Heet goes you want the yellow bottled one and avoid the red bottle iso-heet. The automotive stuff isn't very economical either.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:26 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, sounds like it shouldn't be too bad to get hold of then.

Not too fussed about having a bigger cartridge as we'll be camping out of the car so have plenty of space.

We land early evening so will grab the car, grab some food, find somewhere to camp and then head shopping for supplies in the morning.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:31 PM   #10
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There are no campgrounds in town. Anchorage is a medium size US city with 300,000 people.

Best bet for camping near town is Chugach State Park. You will need to walk in a little ways as there are no established camp sites near the road. Be advised that this park is pretty vertical, especially if you are coming from the UK.

Nearest campground is Eagle River Campground, about 12 miles north of Anchorage. However, it's often full in the summer. Next closest is Eklutna Lake, another 5-7 miles north, than 10 miles up a great 2 lane road. It's usually full too.

Welcome to Alaska during tourist season.

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The Harley dealer offers camping on their lot.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:56 PM   #12
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There are no campgrounds in town.

https://www.google.com/search?source....0.N-2UXvx4GSo

http://www.muni.org/departments/park...s/camping.aspx
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... suitable for either recreational vehicle or tent camping.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:36 PM   #13
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Sorry,
I don't consider RV Parks or Mobile Home Parks as campgrounds suitable for tents.

The Harley dealer is a great option, but I think they cater to motorcyclists only. You could check with them and see if they'd make an exception for one night. It's also very close to the airport.

Forgot about Centennial Park, it's a little tricky to get into as you need to take the access road that parallels the highway.

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Old 07-27-2013, 09:38 AM   #14
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Sorry,
I don't consider RV Parks or Mobile Home Parks as campgrounds suitable for tents.

The Harley dealer is a great option, but I think they cater to motorcyclists only. You could check with them and see if they'd make an exception for one night. It's also very close to the airport.

Forgot about Centennial Park, it's a little tricky to get into as you need to take the access road that parallels the highway.

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It's called a frontage road, I think they have them in the states too.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:11 PM   #15
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Thanks guys,

We did half wonder about heading to Eagle River for the first night but it sounds like it could be fairly busy. Only need to sort something for the first night to start with as we're booked in somewhere near the Denali NP for the next two nights. After that we'll be fairly flexible and can stay wherever as the only other thing booked is a float plane fishing/bear viewing trip the day before we fly home, near Soldotna.

Really need to get my arse in gear and get packing.
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