IN ALASKA, THE RIGHT GEAR CAN BE CRITICAL….
We’re closing in on the time of year when our thoughts turn towards migrating back to Alaska. We start laying out our plan for the approximate 4,000 mile road trip across the US, through some very remote areas of northwest Canada and in to Alaska.
Over the past 25 years, we’ve made plenty of lists before the actual packing begins. We’ve learned one important rule – research, plan ahead and have the right gear. There’s an old saying from Alaskan sourdoughs – “you can be cold or you can be wet….but if you’re cold AND wet, you’re dead”. So plan ahead, know what you’ll need. Fleece, good raingear, hiking boots, hats, sleeping gear, cooking supplies, toiletries, etc., should all be considered. “If the gear ain’t right, the camper ain’t bright!”
What you pack is just as important as the order you pack it in. It’s important to keep items you may need during travel easily accessible. Knowing which backpack compartment includes the TP could make a real difference along the hiking trail in an emergency!
Over the years, Audrey and I have gotten very accustomed to packing light for a weekend excursion in the Lower 48 but we quickly learned in Alaska that light or careless packing could sometimes be a serious, if not deadly, mistake. However, packing light is, of course, necessary when hiking or traveling in to the bush on small planes, so be sure you’re packing the essentials. Know what you’ll need and pack backups of just the critical items – socks, gloves, lighter, etc.
Alaska’s vastness and remote wilderness areas are an attraction, but can also be a very real danger. Forethought and preparation were strict lessons the Alaska pioneers learned and have handed down to today’s Alaskans and adventure travelers.