Below is (was) the official list from Anadyr Adventures. In blue are my comments on this list. Use this only as a reference. 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
shorts

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
swimsuit
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
books

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
spatula
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
watch
extra flashlight
batteries
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)
whistle
favorite munchies or gorp
candles
Swiss army knife
umbrella
Thermos
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

Official Papers

Camping Gear

Outerwear

Footwear

Clothing

Accessories

Optional Field Gear

Food

 

Camping Gear

Western Mountaineering Badger Super Dry Loft

I had originally planned on picking up the Mountain Hardwear: Universe SL. However I liked this bag the moment I zipped myself up in it. Being 6’3” tall and a relatively broad guy (46 – 48” Jacket size), the extra wide, 6’6” long badger felt like it was made for me. And the Dry Loft shell should keep that down fill nice and dry! It's rated to 15 degrees so it's all I should need for quite a while.

This bag really was a little too warm for the weather. I was surprised how warm it was every day. So I just slept with clothes on and opened up the bag so I could get air and I was fine.

North Face VE 25

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.

A great tent. Period.

Thermarest

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.

Outerwear

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. From what I hear, Marmot makes only quality products and that’s good because that’s all I’ll buy. Better to spend and get the performance than be disappointed and end up spending more money.

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EMS Gore-tex XCR Shell Pants

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North Face Fleece Jacket

For me, the best place to get fleece seems to be EMS. They have their own brand and while it may not have all the stylings of a North Face or Mountain Hardwear or Patagonia, they’re not far. And…it’s fleece…it does the same job. They have regular fleece jackets and pants, but also technical fleece systems (with the protected and reticulated knees, shoulders, butt and elbows, etc). All in all, if you’re looking to bulk up your closets insulation layers, and haven’t signed the dotted line on that gear sponsorship, I would definitely go there first! Whether you’re looking for gloves or a neck gaiter or a whole insulation layer.

EMS Summittech Fleece Jacket

For me, the best place to get fleece seems to be EMS. They have their own brand and while it may not have all the stylings of a North Face or Mountain Hardwear or Patagonia, they’re not far. And…it’s fleece…it does the same job. They have regular fleece jackets and pants, but also technical fleece systems (with the protected and reticulated knees, shoulders, butt and elbows, etc). All in all, if you’re looking to bulk up your closets insulation layers, and haven’t signed the dotted line on that gear sponsorship, I would definitely go there first! Whether you’re looking for gloves or a neck gaiter or a whole insulation layer.

EMS Summittech Fleece Pants

For me, the best place to get fleece seems to be EMS. They have their own brand and while it may not have all the stylings of a North Face or Mountain Hardwear or Patagonia, they’re not far. And…it’s fleece…it does the same job. They have regular fleece jackets and pants, but also technical fleece systems (with the protected and reticulated knees, shoulders, butt and elbows, etc). All in all, if you’re looking to bulk up your closets insulation layers, and haven’t signed the dotted line on that gear sponsorship, I would definitely go there first! Whether you’re looking for gloves or a neck gaiter or a whole insulation layer.

mountain hardwear 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!

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.

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.

 

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

I actually had to use my whistle on my Ecuador trip and was glad to have had it along. The head guys got way too far ahead and when we got to a fork, they didn't mark which way they went. I was at the back of the fast group and slowed down to wait for the slow group. When they caught up, and we started to go, we couldn't figure out which way they went. One blow of the whistle brought the last guy back so we kept on going without taking a wrong turn adn splitting up the group.

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

Footwear

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!

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).

Clothing

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.

Duofold Varitec Short 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

Most of the climbs will hav you at some point in your tee shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

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.

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.

EMS Adventure 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.

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.

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

Accessories

Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

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

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.

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!

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.

On this trip, I brought along the bullfrog sunblock, but for the most part, I barely ever used it. I had a base tan fromt he summer still and though the sun can be bright at times, it was never strong enought o burn me. 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.

On the sunnier days in the mountains, they performed beautifully. Definately brign a pair of shdes as the sun can be quite intense in the Rockies.

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 backup 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.

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!

Food

Gatorade Packs

Gatorade is thirst aid... Oh .. Sorry. That song is catchy.

Pure Protein Bars Chocolate Deluxe

This is the best tasting protein bar on the market in my opinion.

Action speaks louder than words, but not as often!
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