In honor or REI’s Anniversary Sale (Kicking off this weekend and ending May 27th), we teamed up with angler Shyanne Orvis and photographer Jesse Packwood for an adventure into the remote wilderness of Alaska! The anglers knew they were going to face tough conditions so they picked a few of REI’s sale items to help battle these elements. Read about Shyanne’s top gear picks for Alaska below:
“I recently had the opportunity to travel to Elfin Cove Resort in Alaska. Alaska is known for its remoteness and untouched fishery in some regions, and Elfin Cove Resort was exactly that. Nestled in between the mountains, you can only access the resort by float plane or boat.”“When we arrived, the scenery was breathtaking. The rugged landscape was dramatized by the light drizzle of rain that never stopped. When traveling to remote destinations, the proper gear is crucial. I rely pretty heavily on REI, to shop for all the gear I need before any trip. Here are a few pieces I chose that were perfect for my Alaska experience.”
- Prior to Alaska, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The biggest piece of advice that was given to me was the importance of waterproof gear. I truthfully don’t own any waterproof bags so I went over to REI and picked up the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L, this doubled as my carry-on bag while traveling but also had shoulder straps that you could attach to wear it as a backpack.
It was ideal for our long boat rides in the rain. I kept all of my fishing gear and lunch in it and often carried it with me while we trekked along the river in the rain. The last thing you want is a soggy lunch and all of your flies soaked. Definitely a piece worth investing in!
- A quality rain jacket is an absolute must in Alaska, and if you don’t invest in a quality piece, you’ll likely have a tough time. That’s why I chose the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. A jacket that can withstand the elements without sacrificing breathability. With a 100% recycled nylon face, you feel confident that you’re investing in quality gear that’s sustainably made and built for adventure.
Weather in Alaska is so unpredictable that the locals never depend on the weather app and pack for the worst conditions and hope for the best. I wore my rain jacket 90% of the time in Alaska and was so grateful that I got it prior to the trip now I feel reassured that I’m prepared for every upcoming adventure.
- Traveling to and from Alaska, I decided to get the REI Co-op Traverse 35 backpack, perfect for carrying all my essentials while traveling but also having the ability to use it on hikes or day trips. At Elfin Cove Resort, there were so many beautiful hikes and trails to venture, so this was such a nice roomy, lightweight pack that served multiple purposes.
Shyanne and Jesse spent 5 days chasing the elusive steelhead in untouched rivers of eastern Alaska, and although they only found a few fish, friends were made, memories were created, and they returned home safely from the adventure of a lifetime! Big thanks to REI for their continued support of our adventures, we couldn’t ask for a better partner for finding gear on our trips.