This is intended to be a warning to anyone who ships gear air cargo. I recently left POW for a vacation that included a caribou trip to the Haul Road. Rather than cart my pack and gear around the US, I figured I had an ACE in the hole so I shipped my gear to Anchorage, priority, to be picked up by a buddy.
Well the gear disappeared. Pilot remembers loading it, so it disappeared in the warehouse. Either way I now am out all my gear for my trip. I had to scramble around Anchorage to replace what was lost to the tune of $1500+ just to get me outfitted for the trip.
Air Cargo shipper apparently is only liable up to $50. Yep, $50. So the warning is if you can't afford to lose it, send it via USPS where at least you can insure it. Insurance isn't available through the air cargo shipper since "we never lose anything".
I was obviously a little pissed but I understand crap happens. I just wish I would have had an insurance option. I don't want to make a homeowner claim since the cost/benefit doesn't pencil out.
In closing, I wasn't entirely happy with how the situation was handled by the carrier. I am sure I wasn't too easy to talk to but there was no true one on one with the claims guy about the pack. I haven't heard anything back since the loss though they could have sent a letter to Coffman. I would like a call but who knows. At least i'd like my $50 and the money I spent to ship it to Anchorage.