ALASKA RAFT CONNECTION BOAT RENTALS TRIP PLANNING

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ALASKA RIVER DESTINATIONS AND FLOAT TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

ALASKA RAFT CONNECTION CONTACT AND INQUIRY

ALASKA RAFT AND KAYAK TRIP ASSISTANCE TOUR LOGISTICS AND EXPEDITION SUPPORT

ALASKA RAFT CONNECTION RAFT AND KAYAK SERVICES

ALASKA FLOAT TRIP PERSONAL GEAR LIST (page 2) * WHAT TO BRING & WHY

CLOTHING AND BASIC OUTDOORS GEAR - What to Bring and Why (continued)

Grizzly & Wolf Tracks - ALASKA RAFT CONNECTIONFootwear for Alaska River Float Trips:

Footwear should fit well ahead of time and be functional. Your preferred, intended design of footwear should be able to hold up under Alaska's variable conditions. Many of Alaska's outdoor travelers rely on knee high, rubber boots with good traction while others go to extremes. No one choice of footwear is ideal for all conditions. On a  river float trip, feet can become surprisingly cold when exposed to water temperatures of 40 degrees or near freezing, with the addition of potentially cold days and chilling winds. Overland, whether trekking around camp, day hiking, full-on trekking and exploring the same conditions can exist. What footwear works best? For exploring the river environment, neoprene or laminated breathable bib-style chest waders with supportive wading shoes are most appropriate for Alaska's sometimes rugged yet slippery (wading the stream or on the river bank) conditions. On warmer days, river or adventure sandals and surf booties work okay although they offer quite insufficient protection from stones, sharp snags, bugs, boat components,  fishing gear, etc. All of these forms of footwear are certainly considerably safer than ordinary rubber hip boots that can fill up with water and act as an anchor should you ever fall in or become dragged in by a fighting a monster 65 lb. King Salmon.

Special note to inflatable boaters:
PLEASE!!! '''''NO STUDDED WADING SHOES''''
MOSTLY common sense... they are just not too fitting for inflatable boats and will more than likely cause costly damage.

 

 

When touring overland: lightweight, water resistant, fast-drying hiking shoes or rubber boots are ideal for rugged day treks as well as for around camp. They are considerably more comfortable and pack easier than heavy lug-soled boots.




Sculpin on Fly & Bug Jacket - ALASKA RAFT CONNECTIONInsect Protection for Alaska River Float Trips:

Mosquitoes,  White socks, Gnats, biting flies, and no-see-ums can be endlessly irritating in some parts of Alaska. There are numerous, highly effective repellents to choose from -some greatly more effectual than others for Alaskan bugs. Familiar brand name repellents are composed of specified active ingredient chemicals with varying concentrations. Any defense when the bugs are bad is better than none at all!  Some repellents positively work better than others. The most effective personal repellents contain high concentrations of DEET (Diethylmetatolumide) like Ben's 100, R.E.I.'s Jungle Juice, etc. If you need a dilution of DEET consider adding it into your favorite sun cream or buying OFF 20-30% DEET. PHOTOGRAPHERS should consider OFF with 5% Picardin. If you choose NOT to use personal repellents on your skin, there are very effective alternatives. Use Area-type repellents or wear hooded mesh bug jackets impregnated with DEET repellent.  Outerwear and camp gear can be coated with SAWYER Permethrin insecticide clothing treatments.  Often just having a head net will work wonders.  No need to be part of the feeding frenzy.

Could the threat of West Nile Virus come to Alaska?
- State of Alaska Epidemiology -
Theoretically, certain birds carrying WNV could migrate to Alaska. Many species of mosquitoes are known to carry and transmit WNV, some of which are endemic or have been found in Alaska... To establish a focus of WNV in Alaska, the correct combination of birds, mosquitoes, and climatic conditions must occur. Given our short summer mosquito seasons, experts feel that this is unlikely; however, the State still plans to develop protocols and programs for WNV testing.

Are you likely to get sick or die from using DEET?  - NO. 
This would have to be a cumulative effect that nearly no one would ever have sufficient exposure to over significant, repetitive use, dose, & time.  Those that use the 20-30% or less can expect frequent reapplications.

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