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  • #3741388
    Russell Biser
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    Nenta,

    “But, on the whole, it is designed to support the load on the clavicle positively. So, I think it would be an opposite concept for my suggestion.” It doesn’t feel like it. Having used it myself it does seem to deload the clavicle itself if one side of the V is on each side of the clavicle, and the stiffening provided by each arm of the V accomplishes something like the thickened padding does in your straps.

    “it would be designed for applying larger in lateral part than in medial part.” I have not noticed this in actual use.

    Achieving this with differing padding thicknesses is more elegant, manufacturable, and ultralight though, so style points to you.

    #3741313
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Have you compared this to Klattermusen’s butterfly bridge / carry on bone system which seems to do the same thing?

    #3723354
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Thanks.

    And I don’t know why my gaia track is messed up on that shared link and following the road instead of the breadcrumb’s I laid out south of the road from Igloo to Eielson.

    #3723340
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    #3723339
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    14 days out by email is the correct answer for permits, even though parts of the website are still saying one day out. Between the website being confused and the death in the family that spurred me to reschedule I didn’t get an application in exactly 14 days early, I got a route though. Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8, Unit 9, Unit 10, Unit 13, Unit 34. It looks like it will be 45-55 miles in seven days. for 7-12 mile days.

    Question for those with more experience of this terrain: Is that reasonable?

    #3722858
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    That is awesome information about all the options. Thank you!

    Regarding the guns though, they are heavy and I can’t afford ammunition anymore. I guess I could buy one and use it as a club against a bear.

    #3722806
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Got a room at the Ingra House hotel for the night we arrive, it is close to the Egan center where the bus leaves from at 6:30 am the next day. We’ll get to Denali about noon and stay at riley creek campground at least the night of the 1st.

    Anyone know the best place to buy fuel and bear spray at 8pm-ish on a saturday in Anchorage?

    Would we be better off trying to buy it at the campground store inside the park?

    #3721419
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    New Flights arrive in ANC at ~7 pm on 31 July and leave ANC at ~9:30 pm on 10 Aug.

    #3721344
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Thank you David! But postponed a little too much and not sure it will work out. Right now we are looking at the 30th or 31st of July till the 9th of August.

    #3721321
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Family funeral next week so the trip is postponed.

    #3711057
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    I’ll price out buses as well, and thanks for the book recommendation.

    Ike Waits book says sold out on his website. He recommends title wave books in Anchorage but when I call their press zero to speak to someone just disconnects you. I emailed them instead. Crossing my fingers Title Wave has it in stock.

    #3710886
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    I’ll check on rental loaner bear can availability. I’d like to avoid purchasing those as I already have the ursacks. And we aren’t packing a gun we couldn’t buy ammo if we wanted to right now.

    Definitely want the iconic wilderness backpacking trip so would only be interested in one or two days in Kenai at the end.

    Are reservations required or recommended for the train? If we don’t get a car is it feasible to arrive in ANC at night, sleep, get up, buy fuel canisters, bear spray and such in ANC, and get to the train station? And I see that the train doesn’t really save money over a rental car sitting at the backcountry office. $1328 for two vs $1400 plus tax and gas for a car. Slightly cheaper and a better experience if the logistics work out but not a slam dunk on price.

    In Denali how feasible is up one drainage, over a pass, and down another drainage? Also if I go in set on certain units how likely are they (or everything) to be taken?

    #3710824
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Thanks for the confirmation of approved storage devices from both of you. I’ll ruminate on ursack vs bearikade or other canister.

    #3710794
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Thanks for that update. The ursack website says they are approved in Denali but that may be out of date.

    #3710770
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Another question for people with Alaska/Denali experience.

    Should I use my ursacks and aloksaks or use the loaner hard bear canisters?

    #3710729
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Karen,

    Thanks for the train recommendation. I would much rather save money and have a better trip to the park.

    I am confused about permits, some pages on the NPS website say up to 14 days out by email others seem to say one day out in person only. I’ll have to call the rangers.

    I think a route up one drainage and down another would be great.

    #3710502
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    (Rental cars at the ANC airport seem to be about $150 a day plus tax and such)

    #3710501
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Thanks again Luke!

    My current plan is to go for Denali, still working out what units will be my top picks to apply for 14 days out.

    Monday 12th 8:00pm Arrive in ANC

    Tuesday 13th buy fuel/food/bear spray drive to Denali pick up permit

    Wednesday 14th Hiker Bus and Start Hike

    15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th Alaska!

    Tuesday 20th Hike out to road and Hiker Bus drive back south

    Wednesday 21st Day in ANC and or Kenai 11:40pm flight leaves ANC

     

    Instead of trying to rent a car should we go for a shuttle bus/craigslist ride to and from Denali, the rental car would just sit from the 14th to the 20th?

    Anyone have favourite units/routes?

    #3707068
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    So no to bush plane for my first (and hopefully not last) trip. Trying to keep costs down.

    I am interested in off trail cross country backpacking preferably above the timber line with optional light packrafting (I have some class 2 experience and a bit of class 3, my friend who is going with me has almost no packrafting experience beyond class 1, so definitely nothing not swimmable). If I get to see a bear or something that would be a cool bonus but I am not seeking out the caribou migration or something.

    The 2020 Alaska Wilderness Classic looked amazing (as they usually do) except for the swampy bits and planted the seed in my mind for an Alaska trip.

    Unless we can figure out a cheap shuttle or hitch-hiking in Alaska won’t risk we miss our return flight it’ll need to be a loop though.

    #3706967
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    SOLD!

    #3706780
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Bump and price drop $130 including USPS flat rate shipping CONUS.

    #3706553
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Someone asked for pictures of watch on and confirmation everything works. It is fully functional and here are some more pictures:

     

    #3685263
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    I am 6’4″ and the Durston Gear X-Mid 2 is a palace for one person on top of a neoair. Have not used a zpacks or that tarptent.

    Aside: When I saw “Russell B” asking about tents for people 6’4″  I thought for a second I was posting questions in my sleep.

    #3684744
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Terrible timing! I sold it on ebay saturday and forgot to update this thread.

    #3676868
    Russell Biser
    BPL Member

    @rbiser

    Bump. Back from Yellowstone and first snow, hint of winter was there.

    Price drop: $100

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