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This a list of gear I’ll be using on my “Living Off the Land” trip in Southeast Alaska. Some items I’m bringing are old gear not readily available or somewhat outdated. In that case I’ll list the current, better version I would suggest. This is a “heavy” list for a fixed, boat camp. See my backpacking lists which weigh a fraction as much.
|Aire Outfitter I Inflatable
|A boat I already owned. Stable, light, self-bailing.
|Aquabound Sting Ray Carbon
|230 CM, w/spare paddle
|NRS CVest Type III
|Or similar. A well-fitting vest is vital.
|Light, simple, compact, floats
|With valve, glue, material
|NRS Bill’s 3.8
|Great value in a quality dry bag.
|Invaluable in keeping electronics dry.
|Block and Tackle
|Like This, (no gambrel)
|To lift food cache into tree
|Titanium Goat Vertex 7.5
|A huge splurge for me, but it will get some serious use.
|Titanium Goat Wifi
|Another splurge. Tiny, light, very compact.
|Down fill. For boat trips synthetic bags are probably smarter.
|Byer of Maine Allagash
|Low, fairly light and compact.
|Another true luxury for rainy days.
|A dependable backpacking standard.
|Estwing E24A Sportsman’s
|For camp. I never carry one backpacking.
|Sven Saw 21″
|For cutting firewood.
|UDAP Bear Shock Electric
|To protect camp when I’m gone
|With Gamma Seal lids
|Watertight seal, good seat, multi-use.
|LED lights are a huge advance.
|To cook under and cover outside gear.
|For “spiking out” away from base camp.
|Already owned. For electronics when leaving camp.
|Primarily for latrine holes.
|Preserving food. Homemade windscreen
|Platypus GravityWorks 2.0L
|Requires no pumping.
|For fish and game.
|Light, tough, good for backpacking.
|Really handy for cooking fish and game over a campfire.
|Ball Quart Jars
|with extra lids.
|These protect and organize and withstand rain.
|Reliance 5 Gallon Collapsible
|Not very strong but compact!
|Fillet Board and Knife
|Rapala Fillet Board With Knife and Sharpener
|Fillet/Cutting board with clamp.
|Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster
|Extremely handy multi-purpose
|The only seasoning I’m taking.
|Small and effective
|EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove
|Wood burning. For pressure canning. Quite heavy, but super efficient.
|A backpacker favorite
|Fly and Spinning (light/heavy)
|Various rods I’ve had for years.
|Rapala Fillet Glove
|Improves grip and protects hands
|Orvis Large Arbor Reel and spinning
|Heavy and light spinning line, floating and sinking fly lines
|State of Alaska
|I’ll likely consult them often
|Old and well used
|Including Leeches, egg patterns, buggers, Caddis, etc.
|Pixee spoons, Berkley Power Grub, Mepps Spinners
|Danielson 24-Inch Alaska Fold-Up
|With bouy, bait cage, and lead line.
|Printout and iPhone App
|Reinforced. Warmth, tarp, signal, etc.
|Rifle and ammo
|Ruger M77 Mark II 30-06
|Stainless steel and plastic, 180 Grain hand loads.
|Shotgun and ammo
|Double barrel, full/modified, steel & lead shot.
|Generic rifle and shotgun
|Will need to clean often for salt water.
|ALPS Commander Frame
|I’ve got an old frame. I’d buy the Alps now.
|Also a couple of shotgun slugs, license, harvest tickets and a copy of the hunting regs.
|AA and D
|For GPS, camera and bear fence
|Lepow Moonstone 6000mAh
|Features “pass-through” charging.
|For GPS, camera and headlamp batts
|ALLPOWERS Folding 18V 28W
|To recharge various batteries.
|Camera, journal updater, GPS, more.
|Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ with 4G
|For writing and backup commo via 4G.
|Solar Charger, Backup
|I no longer recommend due to failure rate.
|LED Mini Light
|Weather/AM/FM/Shortwave. Power boosted by solar and hand crank.
|Garmin eTrex Legend HCx
|With Garmin TOPO maps.
|I’ve got an older Lumix and like it.
|Also misc items such as cables, mini camera tripod, iPhone clamp, etc. You’ll notice I have lots of redundancy in electronics. There are several reasons: weight is a minor issue on this trip and electronics are fragile, especially in wet climates like this. If my tent leaks I can fix it myself, if my electronics fail I’m probably out of luck and I’m relying on commo to let people know I’m OK.
|Perhaps the warmest item per oz. I carry.
|Washcloth, skeet/sun protection
|Generic “Jones Style”
|An old school style that still works well.
|I wear with a bandana “Foreign Legion” style for sun and mosquitoes.
|LaCrosse Men’s 18″
|I expect to wear these a lot.
|Caddis Men’s Deluxe Breathable
|What I’d buy now. Worn with belt.
|Caddis Men’s Ultralite
|I’d replace my current boots with these.
|Glacier Glove Premium
|For cold and wet.
|For when dexterity is less important.
|Any quality brand will work.
|Jacket, Fleece Hooded
|Similar to above.
|Jacket, Micro Puff
|Awesome jackets for cold and wet
|Helly Hansen Impertech
|The gold standard for very rainy country.
|For camp or coldest days
|SportHill Men’s Expedition
|Stretchy, fast drying, comfortable.
|Red Ledge Thunderlight Full-Zip
|Light, inexpensive, comfortable
|Comfortable, Asics for me.
|For camp wear
|For sleeping only. Check ebay for best prices.
|SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew
|Comfortable, excellent socks.
|Patagonia Capilene Midweight
|Bottoms and Zip Neck Top
|Under Armour Boxerjock
|Comfortable, prevent chafing.
|For camp wear, towel, etc.
|Lip Balm, SPF
|Floss w/Sewing Needle
|Tinidazole (for giardiasis)
|Leatherman Juice S2
|Vice Grips (Small)
|Wallet, Cards, Cash
|*Plastic shopping bags, garbage bags and Ziplocs. **Tiny plastic box with wire, compass, lighter, AA batts, LED light, duct tape, nail, fishhooks, line, p-38 (not needed this trip!), safety pins, tacks