We love being able to pop out of our house year-round for a quick (or long) jaunt in the mountains. But fall might be our favorite time to get out in the range that gave us our name. Here’s what we pack for a day trip in the Chugach:

  1. 20-24 Liter Pack (Osprey Talon 22 shown)

  2. Layers

    1. Light Puffy Layer (Arc’teryx Atom LT)

    2. Rain shell & pants (Arc'teryx Beta AR)

    3. Lightweight windshell (Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody)

  3. Wind-Resistant Fleece Gloves (First Ascent)

  4. Beanie Hat

  5. Buff

  6. 70-100 oz. Water Bladder (Camelbak)

  7. Calories (Probar, PB&J, Fire Island Scone, homemade trail bars)

  8. Chocolate (obviously) For #SummitCelebrations (Chugach Chocolates)

  9. Camera/GPS/Cell phone/Emergency Candy Crush device

  10. Headlamp (Black Diamond Spot)

  11. Bear Spray (Counter Assault)

  12. Assorted Contingency Goodies/Emergency Kit: Bug dope, headnet, SPF Chapstick, Waterproof Matches, Lighter, Water Purification Tabs, Small pocket knife, Emergency tarp/bivy, Small First Aid Kit (doubles as emergency tinder)

  13. Navigation: Map & Compass

  14. Polarized Sunglasses

  15. Blueberry bags

    To make sure we’ve got everything we need for a given trip, we find it’s helpful to think in terms of systems, rather than a couple dozen random items. Here’s some easy groupings that make our packing easier.
    Essentials & Contingency Kit:
      • Bear Spray

      • Headlamp (Black Diamond Spot)

      • Navigation: Map & Compass, sometimes printouts from a guidebook or beta from online

      • Camera/GPS/Cell phone/Emergency Candy Crush device

      • Contingency kit—Bug dope; SPF Chapstick; Waterproof Matches; Lighter; Water Purification Tabs; Small pocket knife; Emergency tarp/bivy; Small First Aid Kit (doubles as emergency tinder)

      Food & water:

      • Calories—(Probar, PB&J, Fire Island Scone, homemade trail bars)

      • Chocolate For #SummitCelebrations (Chugach Chocolates)

      • Hydration—Waterbag/bottle/bladder; Sawyer filter

      It may be summer, but it’s still Alaska, right? If we’re really lucky, all the layers will stay in our pack. But let’s be honest—they probably won’t. Our general picks are: 

      • Lightweight merino wool base layer (you’ll be wearing this, obvi.)

      • Lightweight hooded “midlayer”

      • Windbreaker

      • Light Puffy

      • Rain shell

      For your extremities: 

      • Hat

      • Buff

      • Fleece gloves

      • Lite overmitts (We’ve been caught on a couple trips when our minds were still on summer but the mountains were thinking winter. Since then, we almost always carry lightweight wind & waterproof gloves or mittens for the cold rain/snow/sleet/hail that the mountains are more likely to serve up in the shoulder seasons)

      Anything we forgot or that you like to include? Let us know!