From Australia to Alaska
Posted on Jan 10, 2016
My girlfriend and I are from Perth, Western Australia and spent a year living in the USA, based in Colorado and travelling around the country. Knowing that we would be on the road a lot, hiking and visiting some pretty remote locations, our packs were important.
After looking for durable, reasonably priced bags online, we decided to purchase a Velox II Tactical Assault Pack and an Outlaw Gear Slinger Pack from 3V Gear. Both packs were well priced and suited our travel plans perfectly!
The 27 liter Velox II Tactical Assault Pack is the most versatile pack I have ever owned and has a number of compartments to fit camping gear, camera gear and accessories, a laptop, a 2L hydration bladder, and just about anything else depending on the adventure. We summited a number of 14,000ft mountains throughout the Colorado Summer and it was perfectly suited to these sometimes 8 hour plus hikes. The pack is light but also durable and allowed us to take everything we needed - usually some extra layers, a hydration bladder, a DSLR camera, food for the day, and a rain jacket.
The Outlaw Gear Slinger Pack is a bit smaller and also lighter, making it the perfect pack for shorter hikes and day trips in the mountains. It also fits a 2L hydration bladder and has a number of compartments for food and extra clothing.
In the Fall we headed to Alaska for a few weeks. Growing up on the Australian coastline, we had never seen anything like it! Mountains as far as the eye could see and an abundance of wildlife everywhere we visited. We had an RV to travel around in and see as much as we could.
We began in Anchorage and our first adventure was surfing the bore tide, a wave created by the incoming tide every 12 hours. One wave every 12 hours we didn’t think would be worth suiting up in a drysuit and paddling out for. However, we soon found out that the wave could be surfed for up to 30 minutes through the mud flats and covering quite a distance. We only lasted 15 minutes before our legs were too sore to continue!
We travelled down to the Kenai Peninsula where we spent time in Homer and Seward, gazing at the Northern Lights whenever the night skies were clear. We did an amazing day trip to the Grewingk Lake Glacier, one of an estimated 100,000 glaciers within the State of Alaska. We packed our 3V Gear bags and a water taxi took us across Katchemak Bay where we began hiking. It was a long hike with stunning views throughout. At one point, we used a self-powered tram to pull ourselves across river rapids. We ate a packed lunch at the Glacier’s terminus with no one else in sight, taking it all in.
This was one of the many glaciers we day tripped to and each time our 3V Gear packs suited us perfectly. They were durable, lightweight, and the perfect size to fit everything we needed while hiking and travelling around the beautiful Alaskan countryside. We can’t wait to take our packs on another adventure!