So, reflecting on my Alaksa trip I was reviewing our experiences and thinking about what worked and what didn't and what I would do if I went again.
- Batteries - check and double check. One of my camera batteries was bad...first time I used it was on this trip. I forgot my extra rechargables for my little digital camera too...oops.
- Waterproof housings/cameras are necessary when on a trip that involves lots of Kayaking. My D70 didn't get used as much b/c I didn't have a housing or a way to safely transport it in the kayak. Brought a cheap point-and-shoot in a small housing as a backup...it uses...FILM...I know... But, good idea.
- The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is a fantastic piece of equipment. I've used mine for a bit before and practically lived in it on this trip.
- Leashes for gear. Made my own out of rope. Worked fine for the most part but some pieces of rope were nylon and didn't hold knots well when wet. Lost a lip gripper b/c of it...maybe something a bit better for next time Rod Leash
- Check your gear...brought my stove but left the fuel bottle attachment safely attached to a fuel bottle back at home.
- Rental Kayak spray skirts may not be the best.
- Swiping pillows from the airline means you don't have to bring one from home and they're the right size.
- Breathable waders are very good things in wet climates.
- Smartwool t-shirts are great. They don't stink like poly-pro ones do.