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Re: Winter
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #969405 by Neoterra
Dec 17, 2018 7:23pm
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Fair warning: October is a relatively difficult time to box for safety reasons. Bears are usually still on the hunt for that last fall/summer meal, so it's best to avoid roaming the woods that time of year. Spring is messy, but the boxes are usually unfrozen from the ground by mid May if they are in a sunnier spot. We've gone out in April and they've still been quite frozen. Again, with that time of year, the bears are waking up, so avoid the deep woods ones until mid summer. Don't know if you're new here, but as lifelong residents, just thought I would throw you a few nuggets of knowledge to get you started here.
Re: Winter
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #967578 by Neoterra
Dec 18, 2018 1:14pm
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Hi and welcome to a great hobby.
We used to go out all the time in winter but now my better half (hubby) can't take the cold due to health issuessssssss....bummer. And the boxers that live closest to me don't do cold weather either......again..bummer.
Get yourself a stamp either hand made or store bought and get going! Happy holidays.
Re: Winter
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #969495 by KnottyKnitterDirtMonkey
Dec 20, 2018 1:15am
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Yes, it's wise to avoid the bears, were aware. Good to talk about though.
Re: Winter
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #969505 by a knitwit
Dec 20, 2018 1:17am
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I have officially carved myself my first signature stamp and some others. Again I'm in Alaska. Not much outdoor boxing right now.
To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Mar 24, 2019 7:47am
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Honeymama and I are heading to Alaska this summer - yayyyyyyyy! After planning our route, I've just begun researching letterboxes that are near our path. From the get go (aka: Anchorage, which is our start point), it seems like a lot of them haven't been found since 2013. What are the chances of them actually being there? I live in Massachusetts, where if a box hasn't been logged in 2-3 years then it's often not there, but I know other parts of the country don't always work that way.
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
Mar 24, 2019 8:24am
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I have a box on the Kenai at Alyeska that is there. Hope you’re headed that way!
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973215 by BinoBoxer
Mar 24, 2019 8:31am
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We are :D

Still crawling through the clues for Anchorage right now... good grief, we're barely going to spend any time there, and most of it will apparently be boxing.
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
Mar 24, 2019 9:00am
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t seems like a lot of them haven't been found since 2013. What are the chances of them actually being there? I live in Massachusetts, where if a box hasn't been logged in 2-3 years then it's often not there, but I know other parts of the country don't always work that way.

Yeah up here that just means the couple of locals found it and no one else has tried. If you give some targets and preferred box type (ie longer hike so maybe only a few boxes versus in town among the more tourist areas) I am sure we can help you out with odds if it is still there.
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
Mar 24, 2019 9:02am
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I know nothing about Alaska boxing but...

My rule of thumb for searching for long dormant boxes is checking the clue. If it’s in a highly public, muggle heavy spot (lamp post in front of a restaraunt for example) there’s a chance it’s gone.

If it’s on a trail (for example) under a rock there’s a good chance it’s there.

In our travels we’ve found that letterboxing has dropped off a bit since 2013. So unless we’re in a hurry we tend to search for everything anyway.

Just as a point of reference, the longest unfound box we’ve found was 9 years. It was about 2 or 3 hundred feet from a popular trailhead.

Lots luck. Have fun!
DZ
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973217 by Eidolon
Mar 24, 2019 9:12am
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... and you were the last one to find a bunch of them, too.

I've been checking the comments. If you mention trouble finding one, I'm like "Nope! Not possible for me!"
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
Mar 24, 2019 5:31pm
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We are also heading up to Alaska this summer!! We are leaving WA in June in our motor home and plan on being up there till September or so. If our paths cross maybe we can do a meet up.

Dawgdok
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973266 by Dawgdok
Mar 24, 2019 5:38pm
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We'll be there from mid-July until the end.

Waiiiiiiit a minute. Was it you that I was accidentally following around Utah last April? I feel like there were a few boxes that I found that someone else had gotten only two or three days ahead of me...
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973268 by Honeychyck
Mar 24, 2019 5:42pm
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Most likely! We were in Utah late April to May, traveled around the mighty five and finding and planting letterboxes along the way. Looks like I got one of yours in MA back in 2017.

My partner and I full time rv so we get around a bit. Alaska is a bucket list trip for us. Can’t wait to get up there.
Re: To search or not?
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Reply to: #973270 by Dawgdok
Mar 24, 2019 7:43pm
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Hey, we are about to become full time rvers. I wonder how many of us there are on here. I'd love to know if any my boxes are still there.
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
Mar 25, 2019 3:29am
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I dare say Massachusetts probably gets a few more letterboxing visitors than does Alaska, however, so more attempts and information as to whether boxes are there or not ... ;)
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
Mar 27, 2019 8:03pm
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Chances are pretty good that if they haven't been found since 2013, they're still there. There are at the most, 5 or 6 boxers in Alaska and once you've found the boxes, there's no reason to go again. People come here and don't log finds. There's many reasons they may not have been found. Keep in mind too, boxes don't usually get found from September/October until April/May due to snow and ice. Message us before you get here and maybe we can meet up!
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973216 by Honeychyck
Mar 27, 2019 8:07pm
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If you need help determining which boxes you can get in a short amount of time, we can probably help. I'm not a tour guide, but I can certainly give you guidance. :) I was born and raised here, I know my way around.
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973469 by KnottyKnitterDirtMonkey
Mar 28, 2019 8:31am
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I may just contact you regarding some. I've gone through Anchorage and chosen some that sound nice, but we'll be all over the place during our trip, so I need to narrow down my list!

Regarding a potential meetup - Honeymama and I love mini meets or meeting people on the trail! She is much shyer than I am, but enjoyed making some friends at an Oregon event a few years ago, so she always asks if we're going to do something like that again.

Right now I can tell you that we land in Anchorage on 7/15 and pick up our RV on 7/16. Our flight out is on 7/30, and I'm pretty sure we'll be passing through Anchorage mid-trip, too. Maybe we could schedule a mini-meal or mini-trail meet in the middle or at the end!
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973485 by Honeychyck
Mar 28, 2019 8:36am
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We do not have an itinerary yet, but are driving our own rv up from Washington. We plan on coming into AK through the northern route from Dawson city to chicken. Not sure if we will be in the anchorage area at that time or not but if we are, totally down for a meet up.
Matanuska Glacier
Board: State: Alaska
Apr 20, 2019 9:36am
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Not sure if any natives have an opinion for an incoming tourist... but Honeymama and I definitely want to explore the Matanuska Glacier. However, we're torn as to whether we should do it on our own or with a guide? We're concerned that if we try to do it on our own, the road to access the glacier hike will be poor and / or that we'll miss some of the best hiking on the glacier. On the other side, we also don't want to spend a bunch of money for something that we could have just done ourselves and been quite happy about it.

So... anyone have an opinion? Don't you just love when a tourist asks about local things? ^_^

Also, I was really, really hoping to schedule some sort of trail get together on our trip, but it doesn't look like we'll be in reasonable range of Anchorage on the weekends :( . Bummer.
Re: Matanuska Glacier
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #974367 by Honeychyck
Apr 20, 2019 11:47am
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I have never actually been to Matanuska so can't speak to the driving aspect but the concern with having a guide or not is also gear and safety related; guides will likely provide you with crampons and have you tied together with ropes in the even someone finds a crevasse. That being said, I have been on a number of glaciers up here without either and am not dead yet so take that for what it is worth... I would probably do it on my own but take kahtoola spikes at a minimum.
Re: Matanuska Glacier
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #974371 by Eidolon
Apr 22, 2019 6:59am
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am not dead yet

You will be soon (best british accent I can muster)
Re: Matanuska Glacier
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #974371 by Eidolon
Apr 22, 2019 8:22am
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Thanks so much for the advice. We went ahead and signed up for a tour :). Every review I read was either "You just HAVE to go with a tour!" or "We had so much fun WITHOUT a tour guide!" and I just didn't know what to do.
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
May 3, 2019 10:55pm
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I'm pretty new to Letterboxing, but I've already found three hidden around Anchorage, so there are at least three boxes that are still active! :)
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973275 by Alaska hsm
May 17, 2019 5:39pm
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Ahoy Girl! Retirement in the works. i'm sure your boxes are still there. They were very well done. E has done a great job of combing thru the state. i relied on him to do my maintenance. Thanx E! Alaska letterboxers cover the biggest state with the least amount of boxers.

deniserows
in Kodiak
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #973212 by Honeychyck
May 17, 2019 8:38pm
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I have an easy find in Skagway that I would love to know is still alive or not. "You Are Here-Skagway, Alaska".
Re: Matanuska Glacier
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #974367 by Honeychyck
May 18, 2019 10:09am
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The best way is definitely with a tour guide, especially if you're not from here.

Other note: Saying natives in Alaska refers to our indigenous people, Alaska Natives, a common mistake tourists and outsiders make. So if you want to say someone who lives in Alaska, you would say either "a local" or "Alaskan". :) Just a heads up. It was very confusing when someone asked me "Are you a native of Alaska?" the answer was "No." and they said "Where are you from?" and I said "Alaska." The conversation ended up being very confusing until I worked that out. LOL Have a good time!

Also, if you want to get together during the week, after work usually works for us. :)
Re: To search or not?
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Reply to: #975287 by deniserows
May 18, 2019 10:14am
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Dirt Monkey is headed to Kodiak for a few days next week. Any you need checked? I don't think I have any ready for planting out there, we're kinda filling up the island, but we're still here!
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #975293 by Puddledunk
May 18, 2019 8:46pm
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Puddledunk -- I'll be in Skagway at the end of June, I'm happy to check it out for you!! :)
Re: To search or not?
Board: State: Alaska
Reply to: #975298 by KnottyKnitterDirtMonkey
May 20, 2019 1:45pm
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i should be in Kodiak next month. maybe the welcome one.

deniserows
right on by without doing maintenance