Brooks Range Foray on Kodiak Island, Alaska
By Luke Moffat
Kodiak Island is the perfect proving ground for nearly all outdoor gear. If an item can withstand the rain, wind and cold on Kodiak then it should work anywhere! As a general rule I don't take new unproven gear to the field with me, especially on fly out hunts to Kodiak, so I brought some "back up" shelters in case we needed them. This proved to be unnecessary, as the Foray worked flawlessly!
BY LUKE MOFFAT
I never quite appreciate the sight of a quality shelter like when my headlamp lights up the reflecting guy lines of my tent through the pouring rain as I trudge into camp well after dark with a heavy pack. Knowing I have a warm dry place to get out of the soggy, blowing, cold when I get back makes dealing with those elements while I am out just a little easier. Shelters come in all sizes, weights, shapes, strengths, and prices. There is everything from a simple 10-ounce tarp to a 4-season bomber tent weighing 10 pounds. When you look at all the options available in tents, (like free standing vs. non freestanding, floored vs. not floored, 3-season vs. 4-season, single wall vs. double wall) it can be easy to get lost.
By Aron Snyder and Luke Moffat
Getting good sleep on extended hunts in the backcountry is vital, but making this happen, can be tougher than you think; rocky ground, cold nights and rain storms are just a few of the issues that you will be facing in the wilderness.
By Rebecca Francis
I am always in search of a good sleeping pad because let’s face it, a good night’s rest can mean the difference of whether or not you are successful the following day. I think the sleeping pad is one of the most important pieces of equipment to consider when going in on a backpacking hunt. I have tried several kinds, but found if they are really comfortable, then they are too heavy or bulky. If they are lightweight and small, then they are not comfortable to sleep on. I finally came across the