In Deep with Steep and Cheap!

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Chugach, Miscellaneous, Photos, Travel 15 Comments

Culross Island, Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

Culross Island, Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

This is Troy Henkels in the pack raft on a beautful island in Prince William Sound.  I’m a bit tired of a brown and white world, and I’m now looking forward to the rich greens of summer!

Speaking of getting ready for summer – I have to admit, I’m a bit addicted to Steepandcheap.com.  Steep and Cheap is a bit like an online, outdoor gear version of QVC.  They only sell one item at a time, and the item is usally only up for 20 minutes or so, or until is sells out.  You never know what might appear, but it is usually at a killer price – so we find ourselves constantly checking back to see what we are missing out on – it is adicting!

PS:  Here is a site that feature numerous outdoor gear deals of the day.

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  1. Totally agree with both parts! Snow’s melting fast here in Jackson Hole and it’s got me very excited for spring and I’ve found myself checking SteepandCheap a lot more often than normal.

    Love the green scene!

  2. Great picture of Prince William Sound. I was in Alaska this past summer for 3 weeks and as soon as I saw your picture I knew it was Alaska, the colors are just richer there. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Also, steep and cheap is soo addicting. I often have to convince myself that I don’t have to buy something just because its a great deal.

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    LOL – I find myself saying the same thing – if I wasn’t shopping for the item to start with, why do I need to buy it now just because its cheap! Sounds like you had a great trip – 3 weeks in the Sound would be fun. It sure is green – I’m sure all the rain doesn’t help.

    Spring in Jackson Hole – sound like fun to me Mike!

    It’s not long now Dennis!

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  5. I too wish I could afford an Alpacka packraft, but since I can’t, I decided to buy a $30 Sevylor “trail boat” and use it until it stops working, or I can afford a real pack raft. It’s been a year and a half and it’s been caught on snags, gone over sharp rocks (doesn’t feel good), and traveled probably around 300 miles on backpacking trips with me, and it still hasn’t needed to be patched even once. It’s not bad to take along backpacking because it only weighs 3 pounds with an inflation bag and the paddle I bought to replace the pathetic one it came with, and it’s incredibly nice to paddle around on still high mountain lakes or ride down relatively calm rivers. I figure it’s better to have the cheap version and enjoy it than have nothing at all while waiting to afford the expensive one. Because it was so cheap I always expect it to fail on me, but it just keeps going!

    Here’s a link, but it must have been on sale when I got mine, cause now it’s $70
    http://www.amazon.com/Sevylor-HF160-Inflatable-Trail-Boat/dp/B000K8UX1I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1240011870&sr=8-4

    Oh yeah FYI, wading pants are a necessity if it’s cold, or shorts and sandles if it’s hot because it is NOT easy to get out of without a very gradual shore.

  6. Oh great! Now I wont get any work done at all. I’ll just be watching for the next deal 😉 Great shot of my tent….

    Hello my name is Rick and I’m a gear junkie…. (It’s a disease, I can’t help it)

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    That’s funny Rick – I can’t help you.

    Thanks Richard. No, that was Troy’s gear. I hadn’t heard of Steep and Cheap until an addicted friend told us about it a month or so ago. My tent and backpack are old, but work.

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