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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Dean Drift - Packing List

Two of us are planning a 7 to 10 day drift on the Dean in August. We're both new to multi-day drift trips and the Dean itself. For those of you who have done the trip, or something similar elsewhere, can you share your packing list? What watercraft did you use and what did the gear weigh in at?
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I have done two such trips in AK. If you use one-man craft like the Watermaster, I would pack as if you are going on a backpacking trip. If you are using 13-14 foot rafts, You can treat it more like car camping. Full-sized rafts are heavy. The outfit that is flying you in probably rents this stuff and can tell you the weights.

Some other things to consider:

My group wanted to avoid conflicts with bears, so we ate freeze-dried backpacking food and kept it in bear-proof canisters. In addition, we would usually catch and grill a salmon for lunch then move on down stream to our camp site. A small fold up grill is invaluable. Check the regs on fires some rivers require firepans.

I would recommend some kind of tarp (in addition to you tent) that your group can fit under when hanging out in camp during a rain storm.

High quality tent stakes

Some kind of break down saw for firewood

The thickest sleeping pad you can get.

Fold up Chair and roll up table.

Portable toilette or hole in the ground depending on river regs or personal preference.

A method to purify water

Larry Tullis wrote a great book titled Alaska Rainbows: Fly-Fishing for Trout and Salmon & Other Alaskan Species There is a chapter on self-guided river trips that may answer a lot of your questions.
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call ron at pacific angler. he has done that trip a bunch of times and has the list down!

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Good advice from Fred...

Would add...

- Check your rafts and inflate them BEFORE you fly out. Ensure that you have repair stuff and your inflation devices actually work. Check the paddles too. A spare paddle is not a bad idea either. If oars, an extra oar as well as an oarlock helps keep Murphy at a distance.

- Have your outfitter get you bear spray, each with a holster which you can put on your wadding belt. (Spray can be carried safely to the river in a compartment of one of the floats of the plane)

- On the many trips with my sons, we only used dried foods which could be dropped into hot water which can then be used for coffee. (Sons called the sh$t-bags). No frying at all. Eating a fish that couldn't be revived were cooked in tinfoil and eaten, no matter the time of day. No smells. Plastic, burnable spoons work.

- Head nets and bug spray can be essential items.

Best fishes....Taft

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Send me your email address, and I will email you my packing list. I'm presently packing my gear. Watermaster complete in duffle is just shy of 40#. We'll do a combo of fresh/frozen and freeze dried meals, so I'm putting already prepared frozen meals in a 15 qt cooler. Then I'll have the big Watermaster duffle, a Duluth pack/dry bag, and a third good sized dry bag, and one rod case with 3 rods.

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