Here are some posts that may aid you in your desire to (fill in the blank Alaska thing) without grievous injury. Some light injuries? Now I can't promise anything there....
Only A Dip Goes Dipnetting
Like A Fool, Back to Dipnet
5 Ways Dopes Dipnet on Kenai Beach
Floating the Gulkana River: I survived!
Riding the Train
Anchorage to Denali by Rail: Only Slightly Less Exciting than Something Exciting
Handling the Wild Blue Tarp
A Man and His Blue Tarp: It's An Alaska Thing
Neighbor vs. Neighbor's Tarp
Oh Alaska! The 12 Tarps of Christmas
You Can Find the Fur Rendezvous Here
Running With the Reindeer
The Last Great Race