What to Bring
The following is a list of the clothing and equipment you will need while camping on your Grizzly Bear tour. The weather in Alaska varies greatly from cold and rain to warm and sunny and everything in between. Proper clothing is essential for your comfort during the trip. When selecting your clothing, keep in mind the following principles about staying warm and dry.
Layering. It is very effective to wear layers of clothing to stay warm, as the air trapped between the layers acts as an insulator. Layering also allows you to regulate your body heat by adjusting the number of layers, depending on the temperature and your activity level. There are 3 main layers: Transfer which is the layer next to your skin; Insulating which is the main warmth layer(s); and, Protective which is the outer layer to protect you from wind, rain, and other elements.
Keeping Dry. Wetness increases the loss of body heat and is uncomfortable, so it’s important to stay as dry as possible. Some clothing is hydrophobic, and therefore, stays dry (i.e., synthetics such as polypropylene, polyester, capilene, and natural fibres such as wool and silk).Clothes made of these materials make great expedition clothing. Be careful of other materials (e.g., cotton and down), because they are absorbent and stay wet. Also, avoid overdressing as it can cause excess perspiration and therefore wetness.
Your Camera Gear: If you wish to discuss specifics regarding which camera bodies and lenses you own and which ones are best suited to the trip, I will be happy to discuss that with you.
As mentioned above, the weather while you’re on your grizzly bear tour can be all over the map so your camera gear is best kept in a waterproof case or pack. It is crucial to keep gear dry while sitting in the rain. We strongly encourage you invest in a rainproof cover for your camera – both AquaTech and Think Tank Photo make excellent models that fit most cameras.
There will be no access to power during your trip however some participants have brought along solar panels for charging purposes. You should bring plenty of memory cards and batteries No drones allowed in Katmai! A sturdy tripod is recommended for long telephoto lenses.
Every participant must bring the following items:
- waders although they can be provided by us with advance notice
- Sleeping bag, ground mattress and pillow
- water bottle, collapsing style preferred to save space
- 1 Pair waterproof hiking boots/shoe to be worn around camp
- Wool or thermal socks
- 1 Wool or pile (fleece) hat
- 1 Sun hat
- 1 Rain hat
- 1 Pair Warm, waterproof gloves
- Upper Body:
- Synthetic long-sleeved wickable
- T-shirts – long and short sleeve
- Light wool/fleece pullover/sweaters
- Heavier wool/fleece pullover/jackets
- 2 or 3 Pants (1 wool or fleece)
- Long underwear and short underwear – e.g. capilene
- 1 Durable Waterproof Rain Jacket
- 1 Pair Durable Waterproof Rain Pants
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure your rain wear
- will keep you dry for long periods in the heavy rain.
- Additional Required Essentials:
- Personal toiletries kit
- Sunglasses (with neck cord)
- Sunscreen and lip salve
- 1 Bug repellent or bug net
First Aid Kit:
- Kent will have a first aid kit and a Satellite phone however, you should bring the following
- items for your own personal use:
- Pain reliever (e.g., aspirin)
- Mild anti-inflammatory (e.g.,Ibuprofen)