Continuing the discussion from Going to Alaska? Gear list, please.:
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Axe Forest Axe
- Cheap and dirty: buy an axe head or broken axe at a garage sale ($5+) or eBay, then put on a new hickory handle (available at hardware stores for about $12). Or, find a small tree/branch that looks like an axe handle and use the knife you chose above to make it look more like a handle (free).
- Inexpensive but good: Council Tool "Boy's Axe" or "Hudson Bay Axe" $25-$40
- Higher-End: Wetterlings, Gransfors Bruks $100+
Knife Mora $10+ Russell Green River
Sharpener (works for knives, axes, draw knife, etc.) - Lansky dual grit (puck style) $7
Buck Saw (bow saw, w/ extra blades
36” bucksaw (buy the blade $10, make the handle for free)
3-5 gallon stock pot
1.5-2 gallon stock pot
Small .5-3/4 gallon pot
2 or more 5-gallon buckets with lids
Med-Lg cast iron skillet
Ladle or small cup
Food Type Things
Coconut oil Olive oil
Staples / Emergency
Emergency and staple. Ask us. Oatmeal, Rice, beans, lentils
Canoe 16.5-20 feet long
Lifevests (ones that allow freedom of movement are extra nice)
100' feet of 1/4-3/8" poly rope (floats) for lining
Mosquito net to sleep in
4” mesh 50’ for whitefish,
6” mesh 50’ gillnet for fishing for salmon
2 pair Thermafit gloves for picking net...them salmon have teeth!
I like to have a second pair for a spare for work
2 pair Atlas orange gloves with wool liner gloves for cold weather fish cutting as well as bacteria rich hide work
Turnip, rutabaga, etc. seeds
Pulk $200+ http://www.northernsledworks.com/Siglin_Pulks.html
DIY Birch (or other) toboggan
Toboggan or pull sled >8 feet long
Tarp or tank for securing load.
30' cordage for securing load
Shoulder/ chest strap 5' x 2.5"
Snowshoes 4'-6' long
Temperate to Cold Climate 4-Season Shelter
Canvas Wall tent $220-$500
8x10 or 10x12, Hunters Special Tent Packages at Alaska Tent & Tarp is a good choice: http://www.alaskatent.com/walltents/natural.html
10x12 canvas tarp (white preferred)
7x9 walltent w/ 2-3 foot wall
100' pcord type cordage to set up.
22gauge sheet metal stove approximately 11"x11"x22" with 4" stove pipe
Foam or caribou skin sleeping pads
1 winter (-20--40)+ 1 summer (0-+20) sleeping bags
2 quart thermos
6-12 #1 longsprings for weasel, marten, mink, muskrat, squirrel
6-12 #4's for fox, lynx, coyote, otter, beaver, even maybe wolverine
6- 330's for beaver , otter, lynx, wolverine.
12 -w/ 3/32" cable for fox, coyote, beaver, lynx
12- w/ 1/8" cable for coyote, otter, wolf, wolverine.
I like to make my snares with a length of heavy wire attached to the cable in a coil so it swivels... Hard to explain but it makes it easy to position the set.
Lightweight wire (picture hanging wire or Light ssteel wire) for snaring hares
2-3 rolls Baling wire
Cotton sacks for game bags and storing cranberries
Rope and cordage...2-400' 3/8"-1/2" rope
500-1000 ft pcord
Sleeping bag good to 0' and another one good to -20.
Good mud boots
ADVANCED & OPTIONAL
Whetstones 1 big 1 little 1 for gouges
Sheath knife with sweep and drop point
Carving knife (sloyd)
Gouges 2 or more
Chisels 1/4", 1/2", 1", 1.5", 2"
Hand saws: rip and crosscut
Block and tackle, or comealong & cable.
Splitting axe/ maul
Chainsaw - Stihl ~50cc
Old Hickory Butcher Knife, or similar
Wood scraper/ burnisher
Straight handled spade shovel
2-55 gallon drums with lids for caches
Big 8-12" fish knife...sharp point
Rocket Stove (short-term)
DIY 55 gallon drum stove
Motor for canoe
Freezer & Honda 2000w generator