Whether you are joining us for a Day Trip or a longer Multi-Day Adventure, we have created a specialized packing list for you to consult as you are preparing for your trip. Our equipment lists are thoughtfully curated and have been refined over the decades we’ve been running trips – each item has a purpose!
You can find all our Equipment Lists here or on each trip’s individual page. Be aware that there is no gear store in McCarthy-Kennecott so please come as prepared as possible. Please let us know if you have more specific questions on what to bring!
When it comes to enjoying yourself in the outdoors, especially in the remote wilderness of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, good physical conditioning is one of the cornerstones. There is no worse feeling than being on the trip of a lifetime and not being able to fully enjoy it because you’re out of shape. How much physical conditioning you do depends on your current level of fitness and the trip you’re signed up for. Unfortunately, most of us are so busy that we put off our workouts until it’s too late and we arrive in Alaska wishing we’d gotten started earlier. Here are some tips for getting into shape before your trip!
Create a plan – Map out a plan for how you will reach your fitness goal before your trip. Keep your plan realistic to avoid frustration. Write down intermediate milestones on your calendar so you can enjoy little successes along the way.
Start early – Giving yourself plenty of time allows you to slowly work up to your goal. This will decrease your risk of injury and build a solid fitness base. For many people starting training a month or more in advance is a good rule of thumb.
Find a partner – Working out alone can be tough. Most people find that training with a partner can help make workouts fun and can help keep you on track even when the motivation to work out is low.
Do trip-specific exercises – There is no better substitute for training for an activity than by doing that very activity. The more experience you have in the mountains, the better your body will deal with small and likely discomforts. If you can’t do the activity itself, try to mimic it the best you can. Bring a weighted backpack to the gym to simulate your upcoming trip.
Have training on your mind – Focusing on a goal will definitely help you get there. You’ll start to notice all the time you are just standing – brushing your teeth, waiting for an Uber – could you be stretching? Maybe bust out a few squats? Sprinkling in micro-workouts into your day will help you stay feeling athletic and motivated.
Train in the gear you’ll use on the trip – Wear the hiking boots, rain gear, base layers, sunglasses, hats, etc that you’ll wear on your trip. Not only will you get used to how it works but you’ll get to test it out and make sure you like it.
Get plenty of rest – Rest days are crucial for the body to recover and build strength. Going hard every day of the week with no time for rest is a recipe for injury and injury from training is the top reason for cancelling a trip like this. Build in rest days to get the most out of your training regiment.