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Below I have listed a few of the more items in my pack with short explanations.
GoLite Pinnacle pack: 2 lbs, simple and light, yet durable and Canada Goose Buy Banff Parka Australia adequately featured.
Whisperlite International stove: can burn gasoline, which I can find regularly and easily in rural Alaskan villages; in comparison, fuel canisters are non existent in these parts.
Alpacka packraft: a different, but completely critical, item in Alaskan used to float or ferry across rivers, and paddle across saltwater bays; accompanied with a carbon fiber Sawyer paddle that's ultralight yet powerful. My PFD is a nylon vest that uses three 2L Platypus bottles for floatation.
Alcohol stove: homemade from a 3 oz cat food can (try Fancy Feast); never breaks, never clogs, and never fails.
Mountain Laurel Designs SoloMid: 13 oz, pyramid shaped tarp, excellent protection for its weight, has a modular style bug net that I will add in the summer.
GoLite Hooded Cady jacket: very warm for its weight; sewed on a coyote fur ruff to help block wind
Vapor barrier liner clothing: non breathable fabric that prevents perspiration from entering insulation (parkas, pants, sleeping bag), where it will dampen the insulation, resulting in a loss of loft.
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La Sportiva Fireblade running shoes: the best off trail shoe that I've found it's low to the ground, has a sticky outsole, has a very durable upper, and it breathes really well. The Fireblades pair well with DeFeet EcoTrekker merino wool socks during the Spring and Fall.
ULA EPIC pack: its unique "sandwich" design accommodates a packraft really well, and it's very light for its load carrying capacity.
Over the next 200 days I will experience a wide range of season influenced conditions, and I will rotate gear in and out accordingly, via "maildrops" sent through the postal service. At the start, when I am 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle in mid March, I will have multiple insulating layers, a gasoline fueled stove with which I can melt snow for water, and a pyramid shaped shelter that is capable of shedding snow and deflecting strong winds. When I reach the Parks Highway at the end of April, I will have a convenient opportunity to swap things out. At this point I will receive my three season raingear, alcohol fueled stove (made out of a 3 oz cat food can), and a 1 person, 4.5 pound inflatable boat known as a packraft that I use to float rivers and paddle across fjords. A less major transition will occur in the fall.
"Nordic " ski setup: 200 cm long metal edged waxable skis, leather boots (with a Forty Below 3 mm thick neoprene overboot), 3 pin telemark bindings, and carbon fiber poles.
The contents of my pack are almost entirely need based. During this trip, my legitimate needs will include staying hydrated and nourished, keeping my body temperature regulated, and ing efficiently and safely over the land snow covered tundra, glacier fed rivers, and dense alder forests. I can think of only one item, my camera, which can be classified as a "want." This Spartan approach to packing is easily explained: carrying more stuff means more work, and work, well, it's generally not very fun.
Today adventurer begins an ambitious, seven month that will take him 4,720 miles across Alaska and the Yukon by skis, foot, and raft.
The weight of an item is a major consideration in whether it makes the final cut, for there is an indisputable correlation between pack weight and the quality of one's experience. But it's not the only factor I consider particularly on a trip like this, which will be hard on gear and has relatively few opportunities to replace things. Durability and versatility are also of great value. My RidgeRest Deluxe Solar sleeping pad is a case in point. It's warmer for its weight than any inflatable pad, it won't puncture, and, come springtime, I can cut it in half to make a suitable three season pad.
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