Man in jean shorts beachcombing
*Jean shorts not required for cooler hunting (Photo: cworthy/Getty)

Yeti Coolers Are Washing Up on Alaska Beaches. Get Yours Today.

“Cooler hunting” may be Alaskans’ new favorite sport


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Cooler lovers, listen up. There’s a huge sale on Yetis happening right now in various parts of Alaska that we simply have to share. All models are 100 percent off—yes, that’s right. Free! All you have to do is pitch your body into the icy chop of the North Pacific to get one.

All along the Gulf of Alaska, denizens of the Last Frontier are living out what we can only assume are the wet dreams of old, sunburned beachcombers everywhere. Dozens of expensive Yeti coolers are washing up on shore after a cargo ship spilled 109 containers of them near Washington’s Olympic Peninsula last year. And what do you know—they’re in great shape! (The possibility of Yeti’s marketing team orchestrating the spill, and perhaps even driving the tanker, now tops our list of most suspicious outdoor conspiracy theories.)

By all accounts, they’re going fast. One greedy collector has reportedly nabbed 20 of them. (Why this Alaska man needs the kind of cooler space that could keep 1,140 beers cold simultaneously eludes us, but it sounds like a great time.) Before the rush is over, we wanted to share some photos of folks gleefully unearthing their new $400 hunks of plastic from the sand.

As accidents like this continue to fill the oceans with trash, a few free coolers are more or less a cold comfort. Still, these people seem to be having a grand old time of it. So, without further ado, scenes from the frenzy. Maybe an Airstream trailer ship will go down next.

@beaubrooks7 Found a yeti in Alaska !!! Unreal !! A shipping container tipped over and we found this gem on the beach !! #yeti #fyp @YETI ♬ Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from “Top Gun”) – Berlin

@akduke68 Treasure hunting for yeti coolers that fell off a cargo ship! @yeti #yeti #beachcleanup #flyoutalaska #alaskanbushwheels #suppercubbin #ohsnap ♬ original sound – dukemarolf

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