Gear for Expedition Alaska’s Field Experience on the Yukon River
Maybe you have some outdoor experience and plan on bringing your gear to school.
Maybe you have not been camping.
Either way, we’ll make sure you have what you need to enjoy this experience—and nothing you need to bring is exotic or expensive.
What you need to provide
If you’re an Alaskan, or coming from a state with cold winters, you probably have most of what you’ll need.
Clothing basics are these:
- a base layer: long-sleeve top and long underwear bottoms
- insulating layers: wool or fleece, top and bottom
- a warm jacket, down or synthetic fill (but don’t go buy one if you lack this; we’ll have these available)
- a winter hat
- a ball cap
- fleece or wool gloves, or ski gloves
- a wind shell, doesn’t have to be high-tech
- three pair of nice thick wool or wool/synthetic socks
- boxers/briefs/bikinis/bloomers: your option
If you don’t already have those items, you’ll want them anyway to stay comfortable through our winter months. Everything is available in Anchorage and we’ll be happy to take you shopping and provide our advice.
There are some other common items you will need to provide and likely already have:
- a personal water bottle
- sneakers or hiking boots that fit with the wool socks
- basic toiletries: hairbrush, toothbrush, lip balm, etc.
- small headlamp or flashlight
- notebook/pens/mechanical pencils
- a daypack
That’s it! We will work with each of you during the first week of school to make sure you have everything.
APU will have available these items (at no cost to you):
- warm jackets
- rain gear, tops and bottoms
- fleece pants
- rubber boots
- sleeping bags and pads
- life jackets
- dry bags for packing gear
We will supply all the group gear: tents, cooking, boats, first aid . . . .
Sounds like it will be cold!!
Well, it won’t be hot. And we’ll be prepared for the conditions.
We’ll be on the Yukon River at the peak of autumn, which means we’ll have some frosty nights. Daytime temperatures will be around fifty degrees. Interior Alaska has a dry climate, but we might see some drizzly conditions.
And when those nights are clear, we’ll be able to walk away from the campfire and see either splendid stars or the northern lights.