Doug Grosjean's
Alaska Trip Report

June 1999

Preparation - Camping Gear

  • Eureka! Timeberline 2-person tent: Deluxe model (ie, heavier fabrics and fittings than the standard weight model) about 20 years old.
  • Thermarest pad: the 2.5” thick luxury model, brand new. My logic was that although bulky, if I was going to be sleeping on it for nearly a month, I was going to be comfortable.
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Medium weight sleeping bag with synthetic fill, plus a couple extra blankets just in case of colder weather.
  • Coleman single burner backpacking stove with a priming / pressure pump, designed to run on white gas or automotive gasoline.
  • Various small pots and pans that my wife was throwing out over the years, nested within each other, with the handles removed - I (very carefully!!) used my Leatherman tool as a handle.

  • Sierra cup: two, nested

  • Silverware: one set

  • Scotchbrite pad: for washing dishes

  • Matches: carried in with stove

  • Mini flashlight

  • Candle lantern

  • Hatchet, small

  • 4 - 1 quart gasoline cans

  • 2 - 2 quart plastic canteens

  • Sewing kit

  • Shoe Goo

  • First Aid kit
Joe’s gear was similar to my own; the biggest difference being that he used a dome tent and an inflatable sleeping pad with an electric air pump ( powered from the accessory plug on his GS ) instead of a Thermarest pad.

Pros and Cons of our two different sleeping / tenting approaches? No difference that I could see. We were both equally well rested each morning; and setting up / breaking camp took us about the same amount of time.

Doug Grosjean
Pemberville, Ohio