Sunday, July 27, 2008

Alaska Do's and Don'ts

I reckon their aren't a ton of 'don'ts' in the great north but it always goes with 'do's'. Leaving in a couple weeks and want to hear from what people have done. It's going to be a fishing/hike around trip centered around a couple days in Denali park and then a place called Lake Marie.

Any clothing, food, places, etc. scuttle would be great. I'm stoked to try out my new Solio Hybrid 1000 since the sun is up for quite a while there. Heard there was a possibility of rafting some class 4? Not sure if I want to go live my Kevin Bacon dream in freezing cold rapids, but hey...prove me wrong.

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Blogger Kellie said...

Leave the cotton at home!!! For any hiking/outdoor activity, my standard is never to leave home without my Patagonia Micropuff and a rain coat. I love nylon pants for hiking, espcecially in brushy areas (of which there are many) so your legs stay protected, but the pants dry super quickly. The buff also works great as a sweatband/ear warmer/bug swatter/neck protector combo. You can't really go wrong with your hike choice in Denali - there are tons of options, and you'll probably be limited by where permits are available. Oh, and it's been a wet summer, so I'd recommend coming with the mentality of expecting rain, and just being super psyched if you don't get it.

7/29/2008 11:41 AM

Blogger teleknees said...

thanks so much kellie! its always a nice reminder to leave the kotton at home. ill post a report on my return.

7/29/2008 10:44 PM

Blogger Alaska Jack said...

Kellie's right on the synthetics. Be prepared for horizontal rain - while you're on the river or lake, morph to amphibian in gortex waders (I do wear jeans under mine, even on rivers through tundra, i.e. cold country) & gortex wading jacket. For whitewater, Lionshead on the Matanuska R. & 6 Mile Creek are great day trips from Anchorage. The front range in Chugach State Park just east of Anchorage has some great day or multiday hikes.

7/31/2008 1:05 AM

Blogger Alaska Jack said...

Kellie's right about the synthetics, but I admit to wearing cotton under my gortex waders & wading jacket, even in cold rivers crossing tundra. Good luck catching (more fun than just fishing). For IV whitewater, try Lionshead on the Matanuska River or 6 Mile Creek (upper & middle canyons are IV, lower is V) on Kenai Penninsula. Chugach State Park just east of Anchorage has some great day & multiday hikes. We're losing daylight, but as I write this at 11:20 pm, there is still a beautiful pink glow over the Tordrillo Range west of Anchorage.

7/31/2008 1:23 AM


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