Nome, Alaska


June 25, 2016
August 7, 2016

Alaska Gold Expedition


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What To Bring

Alaska Gold Expedition - What To Bring

What to Expect

Alaska Gold Expedition - What to Expect

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What to Bring

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  • Baggage – Recommend military-type duffel bag. Baggage regulations, weight and fees are determined and controlled by the airlines and are subject to change. You are responsible to contact the airlines prior to departure to verify. It takes at least two bags plus a carry-on for this trip. All airlines will charge a fee for bags weighing over 50 pounds. Some airlines will charge one fee for the first bag and additional fee for second bags, etc.
  • Baggage identification tags - suggestion: Other travelers may have the same and/or similar look as your bags. Besides the I.D. tag, add special identification like a ribbon, sticker, etc. This is helpful especially on route if you have to retrieve your baggage between airline flight changes.
  • Identification – You must carry legal proof of identification. The airlines will not except your ticket and allow you to board the aircraft if your name is not identical to your driver’s license, or other form of legal identification.
  • Driver’s license or other legal identification
  • Medical and/or accident insurance card
  • Bedding – Bunks are plywood
  • Sleeping Bag – 4-pound insulated for cold weather
  • Pillow
  • Blanket (optional
  • Air mattress or foam pad – (twin size, do not bring double or queen size) – air mattress, bring pump and/or batteries

Clothing - Temperatures range from 40- to 70-plus degrees, so bring appropriate clothing and sufficient changes for the length of your stay. Washers and dryers are available in camp.

  • Light jacket and heavy jacket: Rain suit and hat - good quality is recommended
  • Rubber-coated work gloves: Thermal underwear
  • Heavy socks: Cap or hat, ski cap, scarf, ear warmers
  • Hiking or camping boots: Insulated hip wader boots, not chest waders

Personal items – Remember baggage weight. Bring only what you think you will use. Small travel sizes are recommended.

  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush and paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, razor, etc.)
  • Bath towel-large, washcloth, travel mirror, sewing kit
  • Travel money
  • Reading/sunglasses
  • Disposable camera
  • Flashlight
  • Travel clock
  • Batteries
  • Small/pocket note pad, stationary, stamps, pencil, pen, small scissors, etc.
  • Garbage bags – a multitude of uses!
  • Zip Lock freezer bags, one-gallon size. Good for concentrates, smoked fish, etc.
  • Clear packing tape for mailing packages
  • Tweezers, snuffer bottles, scoop and plastic vials for your gold

Personal medical – See “What to Expect” info for medical information. The Cripple River Mining Camp has a medical staff and aid station open 24 hours. There is a hospital in Nome. Small travel sizes are recommended.

  • Personal medication – Good to have a list and spare prescriptions for all medication
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Personal cough/pain (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.)/allergy medications
  • Antacids/anti-diarrhea medications
  • Suntan lotion
  • Disinfectant soap, hand sanitizer, Handi-Wipes (great for quick, non-shower cleanup)
  • Insect repellent lotions with DEET are recommended

CPAP machine -  There is no electricity to the hooches. Generators provide electricity to the main camp. The CPAP machine will need to have its own battery source at night. The camp has a limited supply of 12-volt batteries that you may use, but on a first-come, first-serve availability. Batteries can be recharged during the day. However, you will need equipment and/or adapters to connect your CPAP to the battery. These are not supplied by the camp. You will have to purchase or bring this equipment with you. Each company may have a different equipment set-up. Check with your doctor and/or the manufacturer. If you have a water reservoir/heater on you CPAP machine, it has been advised not to use this when running your machine off of the battery as it may damage the unit.

Optional items: Remember baggage weight issues.

Personal items (optional) 

  • Personal snacks
  • Magazines, books, games, hobbies, etc.
  • Binoculars
  • Digital camera with extra cartridge
  • Mosquito head nets
  • Canteen – used if going out of camp
  • Goggles for riding ATV’s
  • Leather gloves for riding ATV’s
  • Aluminum foil and your favorite spices for cooking fish
  • Cell phone – Cellular service is limited in Nome and camp. Camp office will have phone use availability
  • Laptop computers – Must have WI-FI card or you will be unable to send or retrieve. Limited electricity - availability only in Chow Hall. There is computer availability at the camp office - limited time use.


  • Fishing gear – Medium-weight with 8- to-10-pound test line. Lures with bright pink or orange colors seem to work best.
  • Pocketknife or hunting knife with sheath. Cannot carry on plane, must be in baggage.
  • Firearms* - Recommend a .44 magnum handgun or 12-gauge shotgun with buckshot or slug.

*Important: It is the responsibility of the participant to check with the originating airlines for firearms regulations. All firearms are to remain unloaded while in camp for safety and the safety of others. If you do leave camp, your firearm can be loaded approximately one-fourth mile from camp and then unload upon your return approximately one-fourth mile from camp.


  • Personal tool kit – Travel size
  • Leatherman style pocket tool kit - for in the field repairs
  • Tweezers, snuffer bottles, scoop and plastic vials for your gold
  • Backpack, tote, etc.
  • Waterproof matches, regular matches or lighter - Cannot carry on plane, must be in baggage.
  • Bungee cords – good quality, multi uses
  • Extra hose clamps (1-1/2”)
  • Regular and Phillips screw driver, 6” crescent wrench or nut drivers
  • 50-foot nylon rope 1/8” or 3/16” – Tying down equipment and/or ATV use
  • Tarp 8’ x 10’ or 10’ x 10’ reinforced plastic tarp with eyelets. Keeps you and your equipment dry in the field and/or cover ATV, etc.
  • Metal detector – For traveling, dismantle to fit in baggage or as a carry on.


  • If you have made advanced arrangements at the Dredging Camp to dredge, you will need a wetsuit, hood, booties, mask, snorkel and regulator. A limited number of weights are available, so plan ahead.
  • Musical instruments – Good for evening entertainment or Friday night’s party and talent show
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