|Gear for your Alaska Adventure|
How the Trips are Structured...
What to bring...
We'll do a gear check at the beginning of each trip and will want to actually see and inspect the critical required gear from your list. This important step is to ensure that people have the minimum they need for the activities they have signed up for.
Do NOT make decisions about what to bring based on some weather forecast that you see from home. AK weather can vary greatly within 15 miles. Don't trust the weather channel to tell you what it's going to do.
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Kayak Gear and Rain Gear
In addition to the gear on your gear list, we provide rubber boots, heavy duty rain gear & dry bags for packing your clothes. There will be a large dry bag for your clothes that packs into the boat which you cannot access during a day, and a smaller drybag that stays on deck and is your "day pack". You might want to bring cycling or sailing gloves if your hands are prone to blisters. Your hiking boots, duffel bags or backpacks will stay in the van for the kayaking portion of the trip.
You will also need your own waterproof/ breathable rain jacket and pants in addition to the ones we provide. Any trip gear (such as hiking boots and backpack) that you do not need for kayaking will stay in the van.
Cameras, Electronics, Phone and Internet Access
If you do choose to bring a very expensive camera, be advised that conditions may damage your equipment, particularly sea kayaking. There are a lot of options for protecting your gear on the market, shop around and decide how much "insurance" you want to buy.
Charging opportunities are very limited during the trip. If you are staying in accommodation during your trip you will have an opportunity to recharge electronics, but if not, you should bring sufficient batteries to last the duration of the trip.
There is no guaruntee you will have access to internet at any point in your trip and please let your loved ones know that cell phone access will be limited to when you are passing through civilization.
Boots and Shoes - We get this question a lot. If your trip includes overnight backpacking (Extreme, Xxtreme, Extreme PLUS) you need hiking boots that come up over your ankle. If your trip includes only day hiking (Exposed trips) you can bring low top trail hiking shoes.
Don't delay in taking steps to get the required gear. You may have to mail order or shop around. If gear is not offered locally there are many good online stores such as rei.com or backcountry.com that will ship to almost anywhere.
It's your responsibility to have what is required for the trip. Your participation may be limited if you do not have the required gear. For example, don't show up for a backpacking trip with low-top trail runners!
Get on It!
Just after registering for the trip: Book your Flight and Anchorage accommodation. You know you're going, and it's not going to get any easier or cheaper.
3 Months before Trip Starts:
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4-6 weeks before Trip Starts:
Suitcases are bulky and difficult to load in the van, and pretty much impossible to take to your tent. A zip up duffle bag is far superior for this type of trip.
If you have extra clothing, gear or suitcases not needed for the Exposure segment of your trip, please look into storing these at your hotel before your trip with us begins.
Shopping & Re-supply
Some trips may include a brief opportunity to at least dry some clothes (though not do a full wash routine). There also may be a chance to buy something during the week, particularly on the Exposed Series Tours.
Our Expeditions will usually have NO chance for resupply during the week.
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