ALASKAN ODYSSEY - WHAT TO BRING

"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness.  All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter".         
                                                       John Muir

You will need to pack only the items listed below.
Any extra baggage will be thrown overboard on the Flight to Seattle.

WE ARE PACKING FOR ONLY ONE WEEK!!!
LAUNDRY WILL BE DONE AT APPROXIMATELY ONE WEEK INTERVALS

Essentials

·Your choice of medium to large Internal Frame Pack  A good choice is one with approximately 6000-7000 cubic inches.  I personally use the Jansport Alaska  internal frame Pack. Another good choice is the Jansport Rockies internal frame Pack.  I purchased mine from Campmor in Paramus, NJ  Call 1-800-226-7667 for a Neat Catalog or visit their catalog on the web at  www.CAMPMOR.com
Some other locations to purchase outdoor equipment and Packs include:
LLBean www.LLBean.com
REI Coop www.ReI.com
Diamond Brand Camping Center Fletcher, NC www.DiamondBrand.com
Dicks Sporting Goods, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops
are all good starting places.



The Internal Frame Backpack is a required item.

Using the internal frame packs will enable us to be more mobile and accomplish more on the trip.
You should NOT bring an external frame pack.  You will find that it is very difficult to get everything in the external framepacks.  Using External Frame Packs usually results in torn nylon and canvas where the wires, clevis pins, and other hardware will catch others packs.  Also, the backpacks will lessen the temptation to bring too much stuff.


Absolute Minimum Personal Essentials
ALASKAN ODYSSEY

ESSENTIALS

·Photo ID, Student ID
·Drivers License
PASSPORT
·Letter of Permission for Transport from parent or guardian (If under 21)
·Copy of Birth Certificate

·Internal Frame Backpack  See Above
·Duffle Bag to Cover Backpack for Flight
·Sleeping Bag (3 season) with stuff sack
·Thermarest, Z Rest, or similar sleeping pad
·Book Bag or Day Pack for daily van use & day hikes
·Hydration System at least 1.5 -2.o liters
·Balaclava   (hood to sleep in on cold nights)
·Mosquito Head net   This item is a Must Have
·SUNGLASSES - must have for Snowfields
·Nalgene Type water Bottle - Wide Mouth (1)
·Bowl
·Cup or Mug
·Fork, Spoon, Knife
·Lock blade Knife Can be a pocket Knife (Must be checked in Pack on the Flight out and Back)
·Tarp 3x5 or 5x7
·Parachute cord  50 feet
·Dirty clothes bag
·Trekking Poles  Optional
·Bandannas (2)
·Boots  (Gore Tex is a must for the glaciers)  Well broken in
·Gaitors  Keeps gravel and snow and water out of your boots
·Wide brimmed Hat
·Gloves (cheap)
·Headlamp  (only used 3 or 4 nights)
·Personal Binoculars
·Camera(s) Digital, 35 mm, disposable, waterproof for the rafting and kayaking.  
        We will bring a laptop and download regularly for the digitals. We will also Burn CD's or DVD's for all
        with all of the digital pics.
·Various sizes of plastic bags- Zip Lock, Garbage, etc..

CLOTHING

·T-shirt Short Sleeve (2)
·Shorts (1)
·Bathing suit (1)
·Bath Towel (1)
·T-shirt Long sleeve (1)
·Long Pants (1)
·Fleece Pants (1)
·Fleece Jacket (1)
·Micro Fleece Jacket
·Shell, Rain Jacket with Hood (1)
·Boots (See above)
·Teva or similar Sandals (1)
·Underwear (for one week)
·Hiking socks Thorlo or Smartwool (2)
·Sandal Socks (2)
·Balaclava (1)
·Hat -warm for glaciers and cold windy nights


PERSONAL HYGIENE

·Smaller Towel (1)  Could be a Packtowel  10 x 30in. (25 x 38 cm) Weight: 1.5 oz. (45g)
·Washcloth (1) could use a bandanna!
·Soap or body wash  
·Shampoo Sample Bottles
·Or use Camp Soap for both
·Toothbrush and toothpaste
·Floss
·Visene
·Chapstick, Carmax, or other
·Lotion (mildly scented Please)
·Sunscreen  We can share and purchase in Seattle
·Nail Clippers also for Toenails  (Will be checked in Pack on the Flight out and Back)
·Insect Repellent Ben's, Off Skintastic, or Off Botanicals or Cutter's seem to work best
Ladies may want to check into getting a "Lady J"   This item can be found on
        Campmor's website.  www.campmor.com


OPTIONAL PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

·Personal Climbing Harness, Locking D-Ring, Figure 8 descenders
·Climbing Shoes
·Climbing Helmet
·Lightweight stove (Cannot bring fuel on the plane  must purchase in Seattle.  We will leave extra
behind in Seattle when we return.)
·Tent to share with one other.


PLEASE LET THE STAFF KNOW
IF YOU ARE GOING TO BRING ANY OF THE OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
SO THAT WE DO NOT DUPLICATE.



DO NOT FORGET TO BRING
Drivers license
PASSPORT
Student ID (need at least one photo ID)
Letter of Permission To Transport from Parents
A copy of your Birth Certificate. 
Credit card or Debit Card
Phone card and or Cell Phone (Optional)
   
Spending money Approximately $400 Can be in Travelers Checks ($20 denominations are best)
AND/OR
       We have found that Debit and Credit cards also work fine and small purchases will allow you on                  these to pick up cash without paying the fees. Canadian currency conversions are already worked                 out when using the cards.
Addresses of friends and family
Stamps for postcards and letters
Footwear:  your favorite sneakers, Teva-like sandals, and your boots.  
Be sure to break in your Boots well long before you leave to go on this trip.

·Ladies  PLEASE limit your makeup if you use it, remember things like Sportsbras, scrunchies,                     monthly feminine needs, etc.

PLEASE remember that you must pack EVERYTHING
in your Internal Frame Pack.
If you have more than what your Pack can comfortably hold, then you have packed-  TOO MUCH!!

You may carry your Daypack or Book bag on the  van.
The mattresses will be stored attached to the Internal Frame Backpacks, which will also carry your sleeping bag. 
Each participant will need to purchase a 5X7 foot blue, brown, or silver plastic tarp
to lay out and organize your things on and to use for a personal ground cloth.  This Tarp will also serve as a "Taco Tent" or a shelter on our Backpacking experiences.  Make sure that you can lie down on half of it and fold over the other half while you are in your sleeping bag while on your Thermarest mattress.


BACKPACKING EQUIPMENT
Some is listed above
This is a Backpacking Checklist - Not Additional Equipment
For the Backpacking expeditions on this trip, you will be provided with group gear such as cook sets, stoves, fuel, food, however, you may want to use this checklist of items to make this part a little easier to remember.

·Internal Frame Backpack
·Sleeping Bag
·Thermarest style Mattress
·Tarp- Ground cloth
·Pack cover (can be a large garbage bag)
·Rain Suit
·Hydration System
·Water Bottles   Nalgene- wide mouth
·Pocket Flashlight or Head lamp
·Bandanas
·Gloves·
·Sunglasses with head strap or Croakie
·Sunscreen
·Insect Repellent
·Lip treatment   Labiosan, Blistex, etc.
·50 feet of Nylon Paracord
·Warm Clothing  -  Remember to layer.   (The nights that we are Backpacking will be pretty cold)
·Toboggan or balaclava   (hood to sleep in on cold nights)

Hints for the Savvy Traveler

Pack your Pack and carry it around the block at least twice to get a feel for just how heavy it will be when you are on the road or trail. During the trip we will be doing several Backpacking trips.  You will be expected to carry your share of the group gear as well as food, water, and tents.  You may want to do a "shake down trip" with your loaded pack and get used to the feel of carrying it for several miles or more.  You will be carrying it loaded for at least 5 miles in one day on the trip several times.
Make sure that it is adjusted correctly. 

Also make sure that you are "One With Your Pack" because...

You must be able to run uphill away from Giant Grizzly Bears and climb trees with the pack fully loaded in order to have enough items to throw at the bears to avoid capture and to prevent being eaten.   (Heh, Heh!)

Coordinate clothes so that you can layer for warmth and peel off layers when you need to cool off.  Expect some WET and COLD days.  This combination can be VERY cold !!!   White clothing is not a very good idea.  Leave nice jewelry and expensive watches at home, it's not worth the risk.  Place your name on most of your things so that we won't have to auction off the lost and found items. 

CAMPMOR also has great prices on sleeping pads and mattresses and much more also.