Brooks Range Traverse Gear List

Rowdy skies in ANWR

This is a list of the gear we used on our hike/paddle across the Brooks Range. This was roughly 600 miles of hiking and 400 miles of paddling. Gear is super personal; what works for some people doesn’t for others and visa versa.

Compared to a “normal” through hike, in general the gear was a bit beefier then what we’d typically take along. We used mid-style lightweight boots instead of low top runners, high gaiters instead of the little Dirty Girl ones, a larger backpack because you have longer times between resupplies (this was done through two air dropped barrels in ANWR, a barrel left along the Dalton Highway, a USPS mail drop to Anaktuvuk Pass, and another air drop at the Noatak), etc.

LNT cooking w/Trail Designs Fissure Ti Tri

Personal Gear List

Gear ItemSpecific Weight (oz)Thoughts
Back PackHMG Porter 4400 w/pocket & shoulder pocket, & water bottle holders44Have used Hyperlite for years (Southwest), wasn’t a super fan of the Porter, specifically the water bottle holders. (Couldn’t get water bottle out of it?)
Pack LinerTrash compactor2
Sleeping PadTherm-A-Rest X-Lite Short8This thing has been through the wringer for me, and it’s the bomb
Ground ClothGossamer Gear2
Sleeping Bag w/stuff sack and linerWM Ultralite 5’6”32J’Adore
Sleeping MaskMZOO2Essential for sleeping in the 24hr arctic sun
Hiking PolesBD Alpine Carbon15Been using the BD Distance Carbon, the Alpine Carbon is slightly burlier and felt appropriate for this trip
Rain JacketNoronna Falketind12Actually comfortable? Maybe because it’s the north and it was cold cold, but I never really sweat in this jacket
Rain PantsNorrona Falketind 14Almost full zip, super easy to put on/remove. Two thumbs up
PuffyFeatherd Friends W’s Eos9*adore eyes*
Long John BottomIcebreaker 2607Wool. It’s where it’s at
Long John TopIcebreaker 2006
Underwear x2Icebreaker Siren2
Socks x2Darn Tough4Darn Tough are darn tough. My favourite sock brand
Sleep SocksIcebreaker Floofies5
Mid LayerIbex Shak8Meh. Wanted a hood, and something…cozier? This wasn’t a very cozy item. Took Amundsen Sports W’s Boiled Hoodie to ANWR in ’21 and liked it much better
T-shirtIcebreaker Tech T5
Wind ShirtPatagonia Houdini3Worn almost every day, fantastic bug/sun protection
Hiking PantsNorrona Falketind Heavy Duty1610/10 LOVE these pants. Comfy, huge side vents, they rock
Rain MittsNorrona Trollveggen4
Warm MittsNorrona Wool4
Light GlovesOR3
BalaclavaIbex2Used because my mid layer had no hood. Hate balaclavas, make me feel like I’m choking
TuqueWarm cap
Ball capBall cap
Mosquito Head NetSea to Summit1
GaitorsOutdoor Research Rocky Mountain High7
HeadlampBD Spot Light (got this sent to us at Noatak, as there is constant daylight and no need for headlamp till then)2
SunglassesSmith Guide2
CupGSI plastic1
Water BottlesKatadyn BeFree filter w/Hydrapak & Gateraid bottle4BeFree is awesome filter – get’s clogged quite easily by silty water
WatchGarmin Fenix 6 3Great – navigation feature was lovely on the river, should have gotten X for battery life
Feminine HygieneDiva Cup1Freaking awesome. Be good to our Mother Earth ❤
ToothbrushOral B1
Lip BalmSki Naked1My favourite lip balm ever
Phoneiphone w/Lifeproof8
CardsID/debt/insurance/vaccine card, etc.
Fishing License
BatteryAnker PowerCore II Slim 10,0007
Cords/Earbudsiphone charger, earbuds, kindle charger, watch charger
Notebook/penRite in the Rain4
ShoesLa Sportiva Ultra Raptor Mid GTX (39)                 x2!!!          Goretex is a highly questionable material here. Dan ended up getting bad trench foot. I used the Joshua Tree balm religiously on my feet and did ok, but I’d recommend something without Goretex in future. Lowe makes a lightweight mid without Goretex, the Inbox Pro Mid, for both men & women
Bear Spray13
Fishing RodTenkara Hane 10Didn’t catch no fish. I’m a hopeless fisher person
Mask (covid)
KnifeBenchmade 3This thing is lovely, but also unnecessary unless you just like carrying a dope ass knife
InReachInReach mini (yes, we both carried one)4Perfect. Connect with home/pilots. Essential to modern wilderness travel?
Elaine’s Gear List, Dan’s varied just slightly
The gear needs to hold up to rugged terrain

Group Gear

Gear ItemSpecific Weight (oz)Thoughts
ShelterHMG Mid w/bug net43Love the stormproofness of this shelter. Also, a mid seems key when in constant wet conditions
StoveTrail Designs Fissure Ti-Tri7So…long story short, I messed up our supper rations. Meaning I also messed up my calculations for alcohol needed. This lil thing also burning wood saved the trip. Love this stove!
CookwareSnowpeak 90007
CoozyHMG coozy2
Food Sacks x3Ursak w/Loksak29
Water TreatmentAquamira drops3Back up treatment
1st Aid / Repair Kitsecond skin, neosporin, band aids, crazy glue, Advil, Tylenol, Advil PM, Benadryl, Peptobismol, needle, athletic tape, KT tape, Leukotape, safety pins, leatherman Squirt ps4, tweezers, nail clippers, arnica, therm-a-rest repair kit, J-Tree salve, sunscreen, Dr. Bronners, Tenacious Tape, hardcore pain killers19J-Tree salve is bomb for feet! Also, I now bring Leukotape over KT tape. In future, also bringing antibiotics in addition to the hard core pain killers
Cleansing wipes6Awesome because like, you’re never gunna take a shower. The last day that was warm enough to stream bathe was 8 days in
CompassSuunto MC-2G3
Solar ChargerAnker 21W16Talked to the guys at Anker and they recommended this solar charger and batter combination. Absolute bomb. We’d be getting a charge when it was cloudy and dripping. Sometimes even in the shelter!
Camera Battery
Memory Card
BinoculersNikon 8×25 5.611Another j’adore. Spot bears, see what’s up. Watch all the animals, glass the slopes. Freaking awesome
Chargerswatch, camera, phone
MapsUSGS, plus GAIA on phones8Brought 1:250,000 plus 1:65,000. Used the 1:250,000 extensively, not the others
ToothpasteBite Toothpaste Bits1Love ❤
Bug Dope3M UltrathonDidn’t actually use much. At first thought we’d need a ton, but then the skies opened up and rained a ton, I was 100% covered up and just used a bit on my hands. Perhaps a low bug year?
Group Gear
Enjoying a rare moment of sun on the Noatak. Note handmade pogies

Paddling Gear

Gear ItemSpecific Weight (oz)
Raft w/Seat and BackAlpacka Classic114
Bow BagAlpacka 10
SkirtAlpacka 7
Whitewater Spray Deck Coaming w/Voile StrapAlpacka6
Inner Dry bagsAlpacka Cargo Fly13
Inflating BagAlpacka 5
PaddlesAqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon30
PFDAstral V-Eight22
Fleece TopArcteryx Atom LT11
Fleece bottomSpare set of long johns7
Dry SuitKokotat Swift Entry
* NOTEWe did not bring dry suits. In retrospect, that was dumb. “Cold water has been a major factor in nearly all known Packraft fatalities.” The Packraft Handbook: An Instructional Guide for the Curious by Luc Mehl. The Noatak was cold. And we paddled the whole thing in flood state, another risk. It was also raining all day everyday (hence the flood state) and froze at night – we were several degrees from hypothermia most days, and that’s not a line I’m willing to walk again. Check out Kokatat Swift Entry – I have the w’s small, weighs in right at a lb. We took these when we went back to ANWR in ’21.
Elaine’s Paddling Gear
Packing up for the day

Group Paddling Gear

Gear ItemSpecific Weight (oz)
Repair KitGorilla waterproof patch and seal, Aquaseal UV, Aquaseal FD, Gorilla tape, Tyvek tape, Patch-N-Go, multi tule w/pliers (use leatherman from normal first aid/repair kit), needle and dental floss (use from normal first aid/repair kit), zipper repair kit, spare tube material, cap gasket, spare cap, replacement mouth valves, alcohol swabs
Spare PaddleNinja
Group Paddling Gear
Golden arctic sun

One Reply to “Brooks Range Traverse Gear List”

  1. Great to see and review what you guys have “battle tested”. Curious you don’t have any of your other favorite Norwegian brand out there?


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