In the backcountry, being prepared can make the difference between the adventure of a lifetime and a cold, wet, miserable experience you may not survive.
Have a Trip Plan
Prepare for the Unexpected
Avoid landing on beaches within two miles of a tidewater glacier. Sudden waves from calving ice can slam the shore with surprising power, sweeping away kayaks and gear stored well above the apparent high tide line.
When choosing a landing/camping site, use clues such as driftwood accumulation, beach steepness and cobble size to judge what the wave action is likely to be in storm conditions. Make sure you will be able to launch from the beach in the morning if the wind or weather changes overnight.
Last updated: April 14, 2015