Pat/Nicholas, good info. Wow, that Arcteryx LEAF Gear is pricey. It looks to be military grade, so I'm sure it's good, but I'll have to think about that expenditure. I need to get some wool tops/vest, & consider the wind. Since Canada/Alaska are on the bucket list for future adventures, I'm really looking into my gear. Sounds like packing a 'bou out is likely, so now thinking about my pack. I've packed out elk, but always had my frame pack at camp for that. I think my smallish pack with internal frame can do it, but never tried it. I may take my 270 WSM, else the trusty & accurate 300 WM. Both are SS barrel & synthetic stock so can handle a little moisture. Will I see the aurora this time of year there?