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Geocaching in Alaska, the Last Frontier

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 7/7/2011

Opportunities for geocaching in Alaska are thoroughly abundant because Alaskans took to this outdoor hobby as soon as it came into being, for one more excuse to get outside amongst all that rugged beauty. In this article you’ll find the means to plan terrific outings in the Great White North.

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    Long-Standing Caching Traditions in Alaska

    If you’re interested in geocaching in Alaska, you’re by far and away not the only one. Despite the low population, there's still folks out there searching for a hidden geocache in Alaska here and there. Caching has been a standard operating procedure in Alaska since the days of the early explorers. Actually, it has been going on for centuries before that, if you count the wolves. Emergency food/supply caches have been employed in Alaska for survival purposes (some hidden, so the goods wouldn’t be gone when they were needed) long before the U.S. Government allowed the general public to utilize GPS technology in May of 2000.

    But as soon as that proverbial switch was thrown in outer space, enabling portable GPS devices to work down here, the legendary great outdoors of Alaska became furtively festooned with trinkets and coins, hidden in boxes of varying sizes. If you are in the market for a new device, take a look at the best GPS units for geocaching. Alaskans have avidly taken to this sport; especially connecting a good hike with the pursuit of a well-hidden cache. Residents take pride in stashing caches in splendid places off the beaten path, recognizing that although the goal is to find the geocache swag, in order that you can call your mission a success and sign the log book, the journey that takes you there is equally, if not more, important. Alaskan Parks and Recreation officials have been welcoming to this pursuit on their public lands from the beginning too.

    Swag, of course, are the trinkets and coins that geocachers exchange into the cache container once they have found and collected the stuff that the previous folks have placed in there. Fun and Interesting Geocache Swag Ideas is a great article about where to find worthy trinkets to pass on to the geocachers ahead of you that are striving to seek and to find. Passing on the fun is what this outdoor hobby that melds your hide-and-seek skills (whether you’re a kid in the prime years for this, or an adult rekindling your kid-ness) with the latest portable GPS device technology.

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    How to Find Sites for Geocaching in Alaska

    GPSMAP 60CSx Many of the caches in this state are in and around Anchorage, Eagle River, and Girdwood. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find areas to pursue this hobby elsewhere in Alaska. The best way to see what is available in whatever part of Alaska you live in, or are planning to travel to, is to go here to the Alaska chapter of Geocaching.com. As you’ll see, you’re options are Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau.

    Therefore, you should check with Geocache Alaska, the locals dedicated to exploring the last frontier with GPS devices in hand. They are a veritable fountain of information for statewide geocaching news. They are also troubadours for the environment, cleaning up places and practicing “geo in, trash out." So there are your best resources to plan pleasurable outings up in all that rugged beauty. Since it’s roughly in the same neck of the woods (relative to the vast space folks around there are used to) kayaking geocachers might want to read Geocache Vancouver Island for the Spectacular Scenery. Seeing mountainous coastlines from a tiny vessel is awesome, and the same can be done in Alaska.