Originally Posted by eriksat1
I can't imagine going into big brown bear back country unarmed. Either way you may not come out alive if attacked but I would like a fighting chance. I have a dream of visiting Alaska some day.
Honestly eriksat1, go and fulfill that dream. I would NOT let the fear of a bear attack dissuade me in any conceivable way from experiencing the splendours that Alaska, Yukon and British Columbia have to offer. Your odds of getting killed behind the wheel, by disease or some other event are FAR FAR FAR greater and I assume that you still live your life without worrying about that stuff don't you? Seriously, make the trip. It's amazing country and you'll never forget it.
I've been fortunate enough to see many bears in the wild and never had an issue. To be perfectly honest, when I'm back home exploring I'm more worried about getting steamrolled and trampled by 600-700 pounds of angry Moose. You think a bear with cubs can be a tense situation? At least they can climb trees to escape you, LOL.