Nearly everyone brings way too much on any vacation.
Far northern expeditions tend to amplify this tendency. “I didn’t wear half the clothes I brought” is a common comment leaving Scott Lake. Just remember that while Scott Lake is in the middle of a vast wilderness, the Lodge is an oasis of comfort, convenience and equipment. We probably have whatever you think you’ll need right on the island. When in doubt, leave it at home.
We must limit luggage to a maximum of 50 pounds. The flights from Saskatoon are carrying all the fresh foods for your epicurean meals. We don’t want to bump the prime rib or pheasant because someone brought their entire collection of outdoor gear. Excess baggage will be put on the next scheduled service but it might not reach the Lodge for a couple of days. Keep your gear under 50 pounds and trust the camp to provide (for free) whatever you had to leave behind.
Weather at the 60th
The temperature at Scott is totally dependent upon wind direction. If it’s from the south or southwest count on warm, even hot weather from June through August. If it’s from the north or east dig out your long johns & gloves. It can drop from 80 to 40 in a few hours with a wind change.
Since no one can predict the wind or weather, regardless of when you are coming, better to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures.
Think LayersYou don’t need two or three coats. A quality Gore-Tex (or equivalent) jacket will do the job in any weather if you have a lightweight layer plus wool or polar fleece underneath.
Quick Dry FabricsPick up some fast drying cotton/poly blend shirts and trousers. Synthetics and cotton/poly blends are the fabrics of choice.
Be Rain ReadyIt will probably rain at least once. Be prepared with a quality rain suit (jacket and pants.) The jacket should be a breathable fabric to prevent that clammy feeling. And of course, a good waterproof hat.
Don't Forget Your FeetYou need some type of waterproof footwear. Inexpensive knee high rubber boots are great or a pair of short L.L. Bean-type boots. If you’re coming in early June or late August bring a pair of warmer boots just in case.
Suggested Clothes List:
- 2-3 pairs of socks
- long under wear (lightweight polypropylene or equivalent)
- 3 shirts: 1 short sleeve & 2 long sleeve, quick-dry fabrics are best
- 2 pairs pants: (again quick-dry fabrics work best) One with zip off legs to make shorts for the hot days you hope to have
- 1 pull over: heavy fleece or wool
- rain jacket: Gore-Tex or equivalent mid-weight. Any quality “breathable” jacket you use for hunting or fishing will do fine. Rain jackets with hoods are an absolute necessity to keep dry in a downpour. In our neighborhood you need a hood.
- pair rain pants: Waterproof is a must. Ski pants may look waterproof but they don’t cut it in heavy rain.
- For early June and late August trips: down vest & neoprene gloves.
- hat (waterproof): Find one with a strap to keep it from flying off your head. A good brim is helpful, too.
- sneakers/comfortable walking or hiking shoes
- waterproof boots