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Hexagoda Shanty in the Alaskan Wild

SuperhostMcCarthy, Alaska, USA
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This small cabin on 10 acres has everything you need to survive, and not much else. Warm up by the wood stove, chop your own wood, haul your own water, enjoy the grandeur of the outhouse, and live like the Alaskans live -- gazing upon glaciers, aspen groves, and mountains.

Please note we are only offering long term rentals for the foreseeable future (one month or more).

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The nearest place you can park your car is about 3 miles away, unless you are staying for the long term and want to buy a bridge pass (a few hundred dollars). So you will be hoofing it to the cabin. You will have to bring your own sheets and towels, because the nearest public laundry is a three hour drive away. You will have to haul your water from the spring two miles away, just like the locals do. You will have to chop your own wood if you don't want to freeze to death, and you will have to go to the bathroom on an outdoor throne. You will learn that it takes a full day to cook dry beans on a wood stove. You will get eaten alive by bugs, and chased by bears. If you want fire, you will make your fire. If you want water, you will haul water. If you want to become a fully fledged and capable human being, and are still reading, then you might be in the right place.

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At your disposal, you will have the full wonder of Alaskan wilderness and 10 acres to run around naked playing the bagpipes. A small cooking area. A wood stove. A bed. A place to not get devoured. Bagpipes not provided.

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Sleeping: There is only a double bed in terms of bed (made it myself from spruce poles, thank you very much), but you are welcome to bring friends for tent camping at $6 per person (no tent provided). You can also have someone crash on the main level floor but, I promise, it is not comfortable and the cabin is tiny. The couch is big enough for a little person. Very little.

Bathroom: Small, but homey outhouse. Please bring your own toiletries and replace anything you use. You can buy some things at the Mercantile in summer.

Kitchen and Food: A small cooking area is provided. You must wash anything you use with water that you haul from the spring two miles away. Don’t like it? Bring paper plates and utensils and pack them out with you when done.
There is some dry food in the storage area below the cabin. You may use some. Don’t leave any food that cannot keep fine for years – seriously. A bag of rice? Fine. Anything you aren’t sure about, and anything liquid at all, take with you. I know that throwing out a half bottle of catsup or a can of beer seems wasteful, but I would rather not come back to my cabin interior covered in exploded catsup and smelling like a hobo in the middle of winter.
You are best to bring any food you want to eat with you, although there has been a small Mercantile open in McCarthy proper in recent summers. I’ve really only used it for things like ground buffalo (cooked on a campfire? Holy moly, it’s heaven). They have other things though, but very limited, and no guarantee it’ll be open. Otherwise there are a few places to buy food in town, like a food stand, and a couple restaurants. The grocery story in Glenallen might still deliver groceries on the twice-weekly mail plane for not that much extra. There's a propane stove. Please don't use propane unless you can replace it, as it's not easy to get and transport out there.

Water: There is a spring in town, about two miles from the cabin. You can use my water jugs and buckets to haul – just make sure they are empty and unsealed when you leave so they don’t grow mold. The spring is marked on the map provided, just ask around if you can’t find it. We have one of those little Coleman water heaters but you need the 16 ounce green propane cans to use it so bring one or two if you think hot water might be nice and it's not wood stove season.

Internet: Ask around. The saloon offers wifi. If staying for a while, you can get a phone board for the cabin through the Copper Valley phone company which has slow internet.

Laundry: Hahahahahahaha. I wish. This is why you need to bring any towels and a sleeping bag. Because I can’t tell you when the last time I washed that blanket was. Years. Maybe a decade.

Cabin Safety: The door opens through the floor. Please be careful. I myself have fallen through it, once, as did my dog. We both lived, but I took pictures of my own injuries they were so impressive, and my dog had unusually persistent erections for several days (not kidding, and while I’m not entirely sure the two were related, it sure did seem it). In my wild imagination I can envision fingers would be particularly traumatized by irresponsible use of the door. However, it’s been in use for years and no one has had issues other than described, so just be careful. If the counterweight rocks fall out (it’s only happened once), please fix the counterweight, because the door is near impossible to open without it.

Be careful on the balcony as well. The railing which I built is merely a manifestation of an idea of a railing, and not actually something that will help keep you separated from the depths below. Consider that I used to have a shed, and that there is no more shed, which tells you a little about whether your life should depend on my construction abilities. Although the outhouse seems to be holding up fine. Don’t worry, I had appropriate help with the cabin.

Bears: Yes, there are bears. There’s some bear spray around the cabin, maybe some in the outhouse. I have no idea if it’s still good, as it’s years old. I’ve never had to use bear spray, and the only times I’ve ever seen it used has been irresponsibly by drunk hippies at music festivals which, while funny, is fairly wasteful because the stuff is expensive. To that end, bring your own if you want it, and replace mine if you use it at a music show. I’m not sure if you can buy any in town now – maybe at the Mercantile. Wear a bell if you are worried, or festive.

In past years, there have been only black bears on this side of the river. I’ve chased them off and they are not accustomed to people so are frightened by noise. I’ve also eaten one that wasn’t frightened enough. One buried a coffee maker and stole some hot dogs and broccoli, although I found the broccoli 20 yards away from camp, and I liked to picture the bear having discarded it in disgust. People have run ins with them sometimes, but there have been no maulings to my knowledge. But why be the first? Wear a bell, carry spray, be alert and sensible.

Be very careful with food disposal. If you choose to burn anything rather than pack it out, burn it WELL. Incinerate it. Past the point of it being discernible as anything other than ash. The best way to not experiment with the food chain is to not attract bears in the first place.

Dogs: Clean up their poop on pathways or near the cabin. Don’t let them fight other dogs. Teach them to respect the floor door. They are going to love it here. Leashes are not really used out here. There are wolves in winter, however, so just be aware of that if you are visiting in a colder month; I wouldn’t leave them alone outside at that time.

What to Bring: At the very least, bring a warm sleeping bag, water, food, toilet paper, and light.

Remote Alaska is beautiful, but it's not easy, and you are essentially on your own. I will provide whatever guidance I can, if you can reach me by phone, but this is not a bed and breakfast. There is no guarantee that anything described will actually work when you get there, as time and the wild takes its toll. This is real, Alaska life, so please be prepared.

Please be sure to review the house rules.
This small cabin on 10 acres has everything you need to survive, and not much else. Warm up by the wood stove, chop your own wood, haul your own water, enjoy the grandeur of the outhouse, and live like the Alaskans live -- gazing upon glaciers, aspen groves, and mountains.

Please note we are only offering long term rentals for the foreseeable future (one month or more).

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McCarthy, Alaska, USA

You've got a couple neighbors, each about a half mile away. The town of McCarthy, which has goings ons in the summer, is about 2 miles away. Kennicott about 4 miles more, just keep on walking right past McCarthy. The mail shack is halfway between the two.

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Kimberly is a consummate traveler and long-time AirBNB host who gathers no moss. She's a player of pianos, a grower of tomatoes, and writer of appeals when she's not hitting the trail or the open road. Aunt Tonya is a rambling lady by heart who has lived other lives in Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies, and France. She believes the universe gives you everything you need. She's a big fan of chocolate croissants and meeting like-minded souls.
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