Alaska | Wrangell-Saint Elias Traverse Route Description & Gearlist

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Overview

A 21 day trip traversing Wrangell-St. Elias NP from mid August to early September in south eastern Alaska. The planned route starts in Nabesna (N) and runs down to Cordova (S) with packrafting the Copper River down to the Gulf of Alaska. The Route is approx. 500km in length and should provide a good mixture of hiking and rafting parts.
In the first half, from Nabesna to McCarthy the rafts will be needed mostly for river crossings. The second half, from McCarthy to Cordova should be fully raft-able.
It will be my first off-trail pack-rafting trip covering that distance and also my first non-solo hike since 2010 because I am accompanied by my father.

About Wrangell-St. Elias NP

With 53320 km2 (6xYellowstone) Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest NP in the United States but only accessible by two dirt roads, one in the north to Nabesna and one in the south to McCarthy. Because it is divided by the Nabesna River in the north which is impossible to get across without a raft it is less travelled. There would be a lot of superlatives to drop here, but I hope to tell them first hand when I am back from the trip!

GEAR LIST
Carrying System
ULA Epic + 65L Sea to Summit Drybag
Ortlieb Waterproof Camera Bag

Rafting Gear
Alpacka Yukon Yak + Spray Deck 2830g
Sawyer Paddle
Anfibio Drysuit
Anfibio Vest S/M 376g

Clothing worn
Nike running shorts
Orthovox Merino T-Shirt
OR Suncap
Sunglasses
Running socks
Salomon XA-PRO 3D Shoes
BD Z-poles Carbon

Clothing carried
Exofficio trekking pants
Ibex Indie Hoody Merino
Merino Buff
Fleece Hat
Running Gloves
Merino tights long
1x pair extra running socks

Insulation Gear
Cumulus Endurance Lite Down Jacket

Rain Gear
Haglofs OZO Jacket
Montane Minimus Pants
MLD Rain Mitts

Sleeping Gear
Katabatic Sawatch Down Quilt
Silk Liner
TAR Neo Air S
Sleeping socks

Kitchen
MSR Titan Kettle 900ml
Vargo Titan Spork
Swiss Army Knife
Mini Bic

Group Gear (shelter)
GoLite Shangri La 3 + Bathtubfloor
10 Easton Gold Stakes
15m Cord

Group Gear (kitchen)
Crux Omnilite Gasstove
2x Gas canisters
Fire Steel
Wet Fire Starters

Hygiene & First Aid & Repairs & Safety
Toothbrush
Minitoothpaste
Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap
Hand Sanitizer
Dental Floss
Deet
Blisterkit
Aspirin
Ibuprofen
Duct Tape
Boat Repair Kit
TAR Repair Kit
Seam Grip
Needle + Safety Pins
Bear Spray

Group Gear (Camera & Electronics)
Spot Satellite Messanger
Fuji X-E1 + 18-55 lens
4x Camera batteries
GoPro Hero 3
3x Camera batteries
4x SD Cards
Iphone 5s + lifeproof case
External Batterie 8400 mHa
Chargers and cables
Petzl E-Lite Headlamp
Drybag

Route Descriptions and Maps + Waterproof Cover
Wallet and Travel Documents
Drybags and Stuffsacks

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