This is a basic gear list for most Workshops and Trips. If you are prone to getting cold in a specific area, many items are available to keep you warm. E-mail us specifics and we can make suggestions.
The North Slope and all of Alaska weather can range from 20º during the day to -30 º at night. Layering is the way to dress.
- Base Layer
- Long underwear (tops and bottoms). 3 pair. First layer is a light-weight layer top and bottom of wool, capilene or polypro next to the skin to wick away moisture (no cotton). Second layer is a mid-weight capilene or polypro top and bottom. A third expedition weight (Fleece or Wool) top and bottom is necessary for either spare "security" or honest to goodness cold weather.
- Snow pants
- Spare Camp Pants
- Polar fleece jacket/anorak
- Parka (best with hood)
- Several pairs of gloves
- Warm Hat
- Several pairs of wool or wool blend socks
- Winter boots (but something comfortable to move in): example Columbia Bugaboos or Pac-Boots or Mukluks.
- A flashlight or head lamp
- Good Sunglasses
- Comfortable camp shoes
We provide heavier parkas and Neo Over-boots for colder weather.
Important things to remember:
- Cotton absorbs moisture and does not keep a person very warm. (This includes undergarments)
- You will be wearing these cloths for most of our adventures. You may wish to bring more than 1 base layer.
Good places to find necessary equipment: Cabellas catalog or website (www.cabellas.com), REI catalog, website (www.rei.com) or store. If you are unable to purchase any of this, we will make arrangements to go to a Sporting Goods Store after arriving in Fairbanks.
In addition to those items, you will also need:
- A small backpack or duffel for the sled
- Personal Items such as tooth brush and tooth paste
- Clothes for wearing while flying and driving
- Shoes for being inside (I usually go for a warm lined slip-on shoe)
- A thermos for drinks (nalgene bottles will freeze)
- Anything that will make you more comfortable (the nearest store is 100 miles away!)
We will be carrying the entire contents of the camp in the dog sleds. Please do not over pack!!
All meals are made camp style. We try to prepare hardy, delicious meals that will provide you with plenty of energy for such an active trip.
Sample Trip Meal:
- Breakfast - Ham, Egg and Cheese scramble, Bagels and Cream Cheese
- Lunch Snack
- Pre-dinner - Jalapeno Poppers
- Dinner - Pork Chops and Stuffing, Peas
- Dessert - Cheese Cake