Let's say my wanderlust has finally overtaken my rational mind, and I decided to try and get to Point Barrow, Alaska (the northernmost point in the United States).
The road supposedly ends about 3 miles short of the point, and from there, it's a hike through a sand/pebble beach to the point. A lot of the literature I'm reading online says it's too dangerous to hike alone, since there is the ever-present threat of polar bears.
Fuck paying some guy with a 4-wheeler $500 to haul my ass out there, I'm /hasguns/ and can check rifles in my luggage. What's the best weapon for stopping a polar bear in its tracks? Would love to take my AR since it's light and comfy, but do I really need muh stoppin' powah to keep myself safe from an angry polar bear? Would my FAL (slightly heavier) be sufficient?
I know at least ONE of you motherfuckers has got to live in Alaska with satellite internet or some shit, so any actual polar bear encounter stories would be appreciated too.