My father is finally doing his lifelong dream of hunting sheep. He picked up a one week cancellation hunt in the Brooks Range from the end of August to the beginning of September. While he's busy panicking and getting in the best shape he can, I'm in charge of equipment. I've done a lot of backpacking with my jobs, but I know zilch when it comes to the real wilderness in Alaska. Right now I'm mostly worried about the pack and clothes. I've been reading a lot on here too and learned a lot. Here's what we've got together so far. If anyone has any feedback, it would be awesome.
For a pack, I think we've decided on a 6500 mystery ranch pack. Am I crazy for going with an internal when compared to an external? He had back surgery about 15 years ago and while it's fine now, I want the best pack for his back.
For a daypack, I have a mammut hike 35. I'm going to get a camo cover made for it as it's blue. Does that sound like a bad idea to anyone? It's a heavy pack, and more weight, but it's a comfy one for him.
So far, we own:
Sitka's 90% jacket, Core top, Transverse top, Transverse bottom. He's thinking about getting either the 90% pants or the Ascent Pants.
For raingear, I have a mountain hardwear shell (goretex xcr). I think it's a tenacity. I've been told you don't need camo for raingear. We're working on the pants.
Boots are a bit of dilema. The only decent brands I can find for him to try on in a 200 mile radius are Asolo, Meindl, and Lowas. None of which will be the models we're actually looking at. We're going to try a bunch, but what about the Asolo 520s? They fit my feet well and my dad has the same kind of feet as me, so I think they might work. Would they be too low?
I'm leaving out things I'm sure he's using.