Below is my standard sea kayaking gear list. Of course, it will vary depending on your particular destination, but it shoudl give you an idea of whazt i have typically brought, used or wished I had on each of my expeditions. A good deal of this list is based on the list Anadyr Adventures in Valdez, Alaska provided when we did our week long sea kayaking trip up there. In blue are my comments on this list. Use this only as a reference or a base to get an idea of what you will probably need. Always talk to your outfitter first. But remember on any trip, it is up to you to know yourself and know what make a comfortable or uncomfortable trip for you.

Following the gear list is my Gear displayed so you can see exactly what I used for the trip, how much it cost me and where I got it. Obvioulsy prices vary depending on where and when you shop, so this is really only useful as a general guide. Hopefully, it is helpful.

Seven-Day Adventure: Glacier Island - Columbia Glacier - Shoup Glacier - Valdez

Anadyr Adventures : Camping Trips Packing List

Be prepared for both intense periods of sunshine and for cold rainy days.
Prince William Sound has a warm and wet coastal climate, typical of temperate rain forests. Temperatures range between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but abnormally cold spells can happen when night time temperatures drop to below 40. You should come prepared for wet or dry weather. Sea kayaking fortunately is a sport that can easily be pursued while raining provided you are adequately dressed. Seas tend to be calmer and wildlife is more easily approached.

We recommend you bring minimum of two sets of warm clothes

First Set
Pants/Long Johns: preferably wool or pile or polypropylene - they are excellent sources of warmth even when wet. We recommend pile clothing because it dries very quickly and retains its warmth when wet.

Upper body: 3 layers of wool/polypropylene /or pile, (ie, long john top, shirt, jacket) and a windbreaker.

IMHO: Personally, I feel very strongly about using the 3 layer system. That is, light, thin poly pro base layer. This layer will keep you warm even if it gets wet, and if it gets very hot should wick the moisture away from you. Then, a wool or fleece/ pile mid layer. This is your insulation layer. This should be warm enough where you could use as a jacket on a cool to cold day. Then on the outside, a wind and water protectant shell. Layers can be peeled, or added to as need be.

Feet: Warm socks(wool) and a pair of old tennis shoes, or neoprene booties, neoprene socks with tennis shoes. We personally prefer polypropylene and wool blend socks with standard high top rubber boots (called break-up boots in Alaska) for getting in and out of the boat, for hiking and tidepooling. We strongly recommend you bring your own boots to assure proper fit, However we do have a fair number of boots available in the shop if you decide not to bring your own. Please let us know the sizes you need in ample time so that we can have them ready for you.

IMHO: The break up boots work great. Let them know ahead of time and they can provide them for you. Wool socks underneath are just fine. But you will want to bring another pair of sneakers fro walking around the campsites (at least when they are dry!!).

Hands: "Pogies" or Neoprene gloves are good. Pile or wool gloves are also very good with rubberized dish washing gloves to put over them on rainy days.

IMHO: Bring both. The pogies are good for the water, and the gloves are good for camp.

Head: A ski cap and baseball cap.

IMHO: Perfect. I brought a sombrero type hat which was overkill. On the beautiful days you will want to be in the sun a little bit and on the cold days, you will want the fleece hat. These are all you need.

Rain Gear: Good rain gear is essential for protection from both rain and wind. It should fit well and be sturdy

A good shell jacket and pants should be all you need.

Additional Set:
This can be additional warm clothes in case you get too cold or wet and should include: a wool sweater, wool or pile slacks (or light weight wind pants), long sleeve shirts (to prevent sunburns), a sun outfit, slacks, wool gloves and/or mittens, wool or pile hat, and your personal toilet items.

IMHO: The thing to remember about extra items is that the stuff you don’t wear you have to carry. And while it may not be as bad as trucking it up the side of a mountain, it is still weighing down your boat. Trust me, you will feel the difference if you can skimp a little bit and cut down from 3 dry bags to 2 for your personal items. As with any expedition, there is a tradeoff between being prepared/comfortable and carrying unnecessary things. Another thing is the weather. The forecast for the week you go greatly influences what you need to bring. My general advice…Bring everything you might need, get to the meeting place early and pare down when you get there and get advice from the guides.

Also bring:
sun screen 15-25 rating
insect repellent and or mosquito head net
sun glasses
small day pack to take items ashore
croakies for sun glasses or glasses

IMHO: One day the black flies were crazy. I couldn’t believe it. The only thing that worked 100% was the headnets. Thank god for those things. Anadyr usually has them, but bringing your own can’t hurt. But one couple on our trip had Dschungel Juice. And this stuff worked waayyyy better than any of our deet based applications. And its 100% natural. I am now a fan and will recommend this to anyone who will listen. Here is an excerpt from an ad online.

Dschungel Juice (pronounced shung'gel) is one of the most effective natural alternatives to DEET based insect repellents in the world. Tested by real people in the backyard jungles of America. Dschungel Juice is a pleasant scented water based mist that lets the skin breathe, repels mosquitoes and lets you enjoy the outdoors. For use on the whole family.

This unique combination of essential oils of clove, eucalyptus, geranium, orange, palma rosa, rosemary and sage in a natural base is free of chemical preservatives, alcohol & colorings. This spice scented formula goes on smooth and stays smooth with no sticky feeling. It's a jungle out there - protect yourself with Dschungel Juice!

Dschungel Juice Insect Repellent is Deet free, Water based , and works by the slow evaporation of the essential oils from the surface of the skin. Insects find the fragrance repellent and so stay away.

You definitely have to bring some sunscreen in case it gets hot. Between being on the water with the reflection and the summer time closeness of the sun, you will get burned if you’re not careful.

Make sure to bring lens defogger and croakies to keep your glasses on. As far as shorts go, I always go with pants with zip off legs. You can’t go wrong and the pair I bought from REI are light and the material can be wrung out and dried in no time. I don’t go on an adventure without them.

Optional Items:
camera, film and replacement batteries
binoculars (preferably armored)
dry suit or wet suit
fishing license: can be purchased anywhere in Alaska, out of state license costs $25
Camping and Cooking Equipment for guests on a Guide Assisted Tour:
ground cloth
sleeping pad
tarps (3 black plastic)
sleeping bag
waterproof tent
hand towel for tent
sitting pad

IMHO: Most of these items are optional. But in my opinion, you have to bring a small pair of binoculars. I didn’t and it was a mistake. As long as they are not heavy, bring them. Sleeping pad is a must. You will be on rocks and beaches sometimes and it’s not always the most comfortable. My thermarest never gets left behind.

I always bring my tent, a North Face expedition level VE-25. But Anadyr can provide you with one. Personally, you aren’t an adventurer if you don’t have a tent. Sissy!! ? Everything else is optional. Bring a book but you’ll probably not read it too much unless there is bad weather on more than a few days.

Personal toilet items should include
2 towels
toilet paper
biodegradable soap

IMHO: All items are crucial. For me, rather than bring 2 regular towels, I brought 1 large camp towel (like a shammy) and 1 small washcloth sized one to wash with. Biodegradable soap. A wonderful invention. Toilet paper, a lighter and some hand sanitizer all in one Ziploc. Essential tools for when you need to see a man about a horse!!!

Cooking Gear for guests providing their own meals:
stove & fuel
cook kit
frying pan
dish soap, scrubber
eating utensils

IMHO: Like I said, Let Anadyr take care of this. They’ll do it better than you could I'm almost positive.

Also bring:
waterproof flashlight or head gear
pocket knife
extra flashlight
water container
garbage bags
plastic reusable bags

IMHO: Headlight is essential. I would recommend Princeton Techs waterproof version. Great for wet locations and light too. See the gear section of this website. Bring 2 nalgene bottles. You can keep one filled with water and one filled with Gatorade. Water can get scarce on some days, so you’ll want to have enough to last you through to the next stop. Bring 6 big garbage bags and about 6 big Ziploc bags. Very useful but not heavy.

Optional items
notebook and pencil
cup ( 3 or 4 cup size)
favorite munchies or gorp
Swiss army knife
fishing gear
lighter or waterproof matches
fire starter

IMHO: I always have a whistle. You really are always responsible for yourself on any trip and a whistle is great to have if you ever get lost, separated from your guide or are in some sort of trouble and need to signal help. Bring whatever goodies you like because once you get out there, you can’t stop at a store along the way. For me it’s chocolate. And twizzlers! But if Anadyr does the cooking for your group, they do a great job of providing a variety of munchies.

Don’t bring an umbrella, but have a hooded shell that is good gore tex and does not leak. I always bring a swiss army knife and waterproof matches whatever trip I go on. Just in case.



My Equipment for Sea Kayaking in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska


Camping Gear





Optional Field Gear



Camping Gear

Western Mountaineering Badger SDL : 15 deg Long

This bag was the Backpacker recommended bag at the time I did my first trip. It's a down bag with a dry loft shell to keep it somewhat dry.

Illiniza Notes: This bag is great for mountaineering. Paired with clothing and a hat, you can be comfy at 0 and maybe even a little under.

Mt Rainier Notes: The first time I was on a glacier, and I was warm and cozy pretty much all night. The times I did get cooler were becuase I took off my socks!

North Face VE 25 : Expedition 4 Season Tent

The VE 25 is a 3 man expedition level tent that weighs about 12 pounds. It has two vestibules and can be bought with a tarp footprint that matches it's dimensions. It's one of the most used tents in the climbing and alpine market. I've heard only good things about it. This is the classic mountaineering tent. It has been around for about 25 years and will probably be around another 25.

Iliniza Notes: This tent at one point had 4 people in it...semi comfortably!

Cascade Designs Thermarest Ridgerest

I'm a sissy when it comes to my sleep. I need my confort, and since this blow up matress is only about a pound more than a foam roll and packs down much smaller, I figured this was a good choice.


Marmot Shell Jacket

Although I had originally planned to spend a whole lot less, I am glad I picked up this parka. It fit me well in the arms and does a good job of stopping wind.

Illiniza Notes: This jacket worked great on the climb. Period.

Kilimnajaro Notes: Really like the jacket.

Mount Washington 2009 Notes: At the top of the climb I saw that this jacket was not as good at breathing or keeping out the water as I thought it was (or used to be). Either way, this was my last time using this jacket. It's now the jacket I let friends borrow when I drag them along on some trip with me. Let's be Honest. I saw the Arc'teryx and fell in love. Gear junkies just need to buy new stuff!

EMS Gore-tex XCR Shell Pants

These Shell Pants have a full zip, suspenders and articulated knees as well as zippered side pockets and 1 thigh pocket. They are fleece lined for a little bit of warmth.

Kilimanjaro Notes: These are the pants I use for almost every mountain trip.

Mt Washington Notes: I have used these pants 2 years in a row on mt Washington and they have served me very well.

North Face Fleece Jacket

This was the first fleec jacket I bought. I still have it and still wear it. It's a great jacket; warm and well fitting. The minute I started wearing it, the soft shell fleeces started becoming reasonable priced and I got the bug to start in that dierection. But for a simple fleece, great piece of gear.

Red Rocks Notes: Good jacket. You need a fleece in the desert surpisingly!

EMS Summittech Fleece Jacket

i no longer buy regular fleece. Sure, if you are on a budget, go for it. But with the lower cost of soft shell fleece, today, that's where I go with my bucks.

Illiniza Notes: It was pretty cold on the climb, but only at the beginning, before I got going, and at the end, when we wre really in the wind. In between, I had to take it off.

EMS Summittech Fleece Pants

I used to go with regular fleece pants. Today, I wouldn't bother with these. I would bring along soft shell fleece in case I needed to be out in the rain!

Iliniza Notes: The pants were too hot so I carried them in the pack the whole time. i was glad to have them along though.

Mountain Hardwear Fleece Hat

This hat is a little thin, but the fact that it completely covers the ears and ties off to stay tight against them makes it really warm. It's a great hat to have along on any trip. Plus you look funny which is always special!

Iliniza Notes: I brought this hat merely as a backup. The worst thing you can do is lose your only hat in the wild. I always bring an extra just in case.

Kilimanjaro Notes: Again, this was my backup hat. I definately pulled it out at night to sleep in.

EMS Glove Liners
A nice set of liners are a great thing to have. light enough to wear during the cool night but just engouh to keep your fingers warm.


The North Face Class V Hat

A simple water repellant hat.

This is the hat I use when its raining to keep the hood of my shell from falling over my eyes.

Patagonia Stretch Balaclava

This stretch balaclava has a baggy mouth area so that you can pull it ove your face or down over your chin. It's made of a stretchy synthetic material so your sweat, spit and snot don't need to turn into and ice block after 5 hours on trail.

Iliniza Notes: I didn't end up using this thing too much. But I was happy I at least had it with me just in case. It wasn't windy or cold enough to warrant using it so I just pulled my jacket over my lip and sucked it up!

Keystone Notes: This stretch balaclava works ok for snowboarding. I bought it originally for mountaineering, for which it works wonders. For boarding however, it's not as usefull because the hole for the face tends to get in the ways of the gogles and interfere with the seal. I prefer to just use a thin skull cap under my helmet and a long neck gaiter or mask that just covers my nose, mouth and neck. That's always worked for me in the past and I'll continue to use that method until i find something signiifcantly better.

Mt Adams Notes: I brought this along purely as a backup and didn't have to pull it out.


Soloman Raid Pro X

This is the third pair of Salomon Trail Runners I've bought and they sure won't be the last. The best part is the quick lace feature that keeps them tied tight and eliminates the need to tie your laces!

Oyacache Notes: I absolutely love these things. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots). I didn't use these on the trek because it was too wet. And I didn't use them on the mountain because I only wanted to carry one pair of boots or shoes. But I did use them on the training climb and on the day hikes and they were really comfortable.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I absolutely love these things. I did all of my hikes in these. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots).


Duofold Varitec Long Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

The first time I tried out a Duofold shirt, I was surprised at how it performed considering how little it cost. It's a great way to build up your gear quickly without spending all your money on some big brands advertising!

Basic base layer shirt. A staple in my pack.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along specifically for those hot days where I might just want a t shirt in the water. I actually didn't use it but its always good to have just in case.

Duofold Varitec Short Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

Any kind of non cotton shirt will do. Poly Pro, or wool, whatever.

wigwam ultimax cool lite hiker socks

II usually use Smartwool socks, but I've heard great things about this sock. They have a very thin top layer so that your feet can breathe with a very thick underside to absorbe sweat and shock.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later top

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later pants

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Grand Canyon Notes: I decided to only bring a pair of bottoms for bnightime since I was already bringing my North Face Flash Jacket for the night. I was glad I did too, because it was cold each and every night.

Smartwool Socks

Smartwool's Expedition Trekking line was the winner of Backpacker Magazine's Great Sock Test. They expertly control temperature and moisture, cushion your digits and are extremely durable. Wicks and evaporates moisture to keep feet and shoes dry. Keep your feet cool in the summer, warm in the winter and not too bad for odor prevention either. I can't see myself ever buying another brand of sock

Madawaska Notes: Usually, I am using these socks for hiking. But here, they were just for walking around and in case I needed them for the cold water. But it was warm enough that I didn't need em at all.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Once again, my favorites. Others say that the socks tend to slip or move on their feet, but i haven't had that problem. No matter what brand you bring with you, make sure you have wool socks for the hike.

EMS Superwick T

This is a lightweight polyester shirt that is highly breathable and quick drying. It wicks moisture away from the body and comes in a fe different colors. I actually picked up a long sleeve and a short sleeve. They were great as a first layer in the jungle.

Iliniza Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t-shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Grand Canyon Notes: It gets hot down there in the canyon, so bring a lightweight t shirt.

North Face Paramount zip off pants

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Definately bring at least one pair. I personally brought 2 pair. While I never unzipped tham on any of my hikes, others in my group did on the one hike I didn't do, because it got so hot.

Grand Canyon Notes: I brought 2 pair of pants, but only used these as my hiking pants all three days. I used the other pair as my camp clothing.

EMS Adventure zip off pants : $50

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Definately bring at least one pair. I personally brought 2 pair. While I never unzipped tham on any of my hikes, others in my group did on the one hike I didn't do, because it got so hot.

Patagonia Stretch Zip Long T

I love this shirt. It has thumb holes to keep your sleeves from riding up (or keep your wrists warm), it's comfortable and it has the half zip neck which I love because you can use it like a turtleneck or you can open up to breathe. Designed to be versatile enough to use as a high-mobility base layer for winter sports or a midweight outer layer in warmer climates.

Canadian Rockies: This was my staple shirt for the entire trip. I don't go anywhere without it.

Grand Canyon Notes: I will only bring one long sleeve shirt. And since I did, this was the only one I brought. My staple shirt on all my trips. So much so, that everybody says I need to buy some new shirts!


Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

I really like this balm. Its very much like "Unpetroleum" that i took on Alaska trip and loved.

Grand Canyon Notes: Do not forget to bring lip balm on this trip. You will regret it if you do.

Mt Rainier Notes: If you have never been on a glacier in the middle of the summer, you can't really understand how important it is to have lip balm. I buy these 6 at a time every time I go to the camping store. I avoid chapped lips at ALL costs.

Wet Ones Travel

It really doesn't matter which moleskin you choose. Personally, I like the thin moleskin, especially since I start applying it as soon as i feel even a hotsot. I never wait until i develop a blister so i rarely ever develop one. But i use moleskin almost every day of a hiking trip and remove it at night to air out the hot spot.

Grand Canyon Notes: Since water will be so sparse on this trip, I'll bring a pack of these for my outback shower!

El Potrero Notes: Anytime you are in Mexico, bring wet ones. They rarely have toilet paper in any of the bathrooms, so having these hand is nice.

Packtowel Camp Towel

Bottom line, this is not ever an optional item. I have to have at least one on my trips. It's really water absorbant but rings out like a shammy and packs away dry right after you've used it on your whole body!

El Potrero Notes: Bring a camp towl because they don't have them readily available at the Posada.

Grand Canyon Notes: I'll bring my small towel just so I can wash my face, or if I want to go down to the river.

Nalgene Water Bottle

These bottles are indestructible and supposedly, they don’t promote bacteria growth or hold odor. In every picture I see of someone camping or on a mountain, I see them holding a Nalgene bottle. I’m not even sure they have any competition they’re so well entrenched. And what makes them even better is most water filtration systems are built specifically to fit Nalgene bottles!

I always wrap some clear and some gray duct tape around my bottles. First, it helps to tell whos they are and it also is an easy way to keep duct tape which is the most important item you can take on a mountain! It fixes everything from blisters to leaky tents. I always bring 3 liter bottles for summit day. I also sometimes bring an extra to pee in if im too lazy to get out of the tent! just be careful. Aim smart.

OR stuff sacks

I am a very organized person, or at least I try to be! So a couple of extra stuff sacks to straighten out my gear is always a necessity for me. I picked up the non-waterproof ones for the mountain and rock climbing. But once I start paddling, I'll move up to the hydro seal.

Bullfrog Sunblock

I like gel sunblock better than the normal lotion kind because I tend to sweat a lot and it lasts much longer. I also use bullfrog but couldn't find it this time around in the camping store.

Madawaska Notes: On this trip, I brought along the bullfrog sunblock, but for the most part, I barely ever used it. But I would definately lug it along in case you have that burnable skin type.

Julbo Nomads

The Julbo Nomads are my favorite shades because of how closely they wrap around my face and their low profile. What I also liked about them was that they have plastic clip on side sheilds rather than the botton on leather ones.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I forgot them in the tent on summit day! But they worked great every other day!

Madawaska Notes: I went back and forth between using shades and not. in the end, I found that what i really wanted was just somehting to stop water going in my eyes, but clear. I'll get something for next time.

Grand Canyon Notes: Even though it was really bright, I usually don't use sunglasses unless I am driving or riding my bike. On this trip, I just squinted a little the whole time! :-) But I carried them the whole way just in case I needed them.

Black Diamond Gemini

This is the obne peice of camping equipment I have come to feel is essential. Once out in the pitch dark, I could not live without it. If you have any hopes of reading, writing or doing anything with both hands in your campsite or tent, you should get one of these things. With an LED lamp as well as a Halogen spotlight, the Gemini is the way to go. It’s relatively inexpensive and works well. I went to the local climbing gym (Desert Rock Sports) and snapped one up.

Petzl Tikka

Since I bought the Petzl Tikka to replace my Black Diamond Gemini head lamp, I have never looked back. The Tikka is the perfect size and wieght, and it has all the functionality you really need in a head lamp.

While there is no spotlight on it, I have found that I rarely use the spotlight, so this is perfect for my needs. And when you are trying to limit the weight in your backpack, every ounce counts. I actually have 3 of these to give to my non backpacking friends when we go out together.

Why I bought it: I had the Black Diamond Gemini before this, which was great, but big and bulky and just overkill. After actually using these things, you only need a small lamp with a few lighting settings.

Madawaska Notes: You don't really need this if you are staying in the bunk house. But if you are camping, you know the drill!

Grand Canyon Notes: You have to have a head lamp on any trips in the backcountry. And since we were in a primitive area, I brought an extra as a back up. And a good thing too, because Drill Sgt left his in the car at the trailhead!

Camera and Other Toys! :-)

Nikon F401 Film Camera

Film is just superior to digital when it comes to pictures..being printed! But Im not really printing them anymore! I'm throwing them up on the website.

So this is the last time I use a film camera on a trip. I'll be picking up a Digital Camera shortly!


Gatorade Packs

Gatorade is one of the best tasting electrolyte replacement drinks. I't probably not necessary when mountaineering because you are not sweating, but it can't hurt. But if you're out there in the heat, you need to replace those electrolytes.You can get them in 1 quart packages which are perfect for your nalgene liter bottles.

Mt Washington Notes: Adding gatorade to your water on a freezing cold mountain helps to keep it from freezing. It's high salt and sugar content will add at least a few degrees to your drinks max freezing temperature.

Grand Canyon Notes: You should definately bring at least one liter per day. It gets really hot in the canyon.

Pure Protein Bars Chocolate Deluxe

This is the best tasting protein bar on the market in my opinion. I always bring protien bars on my trips because it's very difficult to keep your protein levels up on trips. Most camping geared dehydrated foods are really low in protein and high in carbs, so i always bring some protein bars to supplement my dehydrated meals.

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