In Alaska can you walk out your back door and embark upon an epic outdoor adventure. We live for hiking, mountain biking, bore tide surfing, skijoring, snow machining, aurora gazing, dip netting, pack rafting, berry picking, moose encountering feats. We hold dear the special places we do these activities. The opportunities are endless as well as the risks.
On Outdoor Explorer, we invite you to step outside into Alaska. Follow us to a new trail or fishing hole, learn what to pack, when to go and most importantly, how to stay safe. Learn about lifelong fitness and get inspired to go outside in the back country or on the bike trails. Then go to outdoorexplorer.org to start mapping your route and reserving your cabin.
We will learn about Alaska Native subsistence ways of life, as well as sport hunting, fishing and more. We’ll hear from the people who know the land best – outdoor guides, park rangers, coaches, authors, lodge owners, bush pilots, educators, and you, the outdoor explorer.
Charles Wohlforth is a lifelong Alaskan and prize-winning author of numerous books about Alaska. A popular lecturer, he has spoken all over the United States and overseas. Wohlforth lives with his wife, Barbara, and their four children. They reside in Anchorage during the winter, where they are avid cross-country skiers, and in summer on a remote Kachemak Bay shore reachable only by boat.
Among Charles’s 10 published books, four are directly on our subject, with exhaustive coverage of outdoor activities all over Alaska and in the national parks. Developed through two decades of travel and outdoor exploration alone and with children, they include Alaska Day-By-Day, Frommer’s Alaska (15 editions), Alaska for Dummies (five editions), and Family Vacations in the National Parks (three editions), as well as contributions to the books National Geographic National Parks, Frommer’s National Parks of the American West, and Outside Magazine’s Guide to Family Vacations. In addition, he has written extensively on outdoor topics for magazines, including: Outside, Sunset, Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Outside Family Vacations, and others.
Charles’s work in radio dates to the founding year of KSKA, when he hosted a volunteer program on local musicians. As a brand-new high school graduate in 1981, he worked as a production assistant and news reporter here. In 2009 he returned to the station as host of Hometown Alaska, later hosting 1on1, and filling in as host for Talk of Alaska.
One time, Monica Gokey hopped a bus from Kathmandu to the Chinese border and paddled 300-odd miles to the Indian border – by herself – just for kicks and giggles. She worked as a whitewater kayak instructor and raft guide before skidding into journalism school at the University of Montana. Print journalism eventually led Monica into the welcoming arms of the radio world. She’s been at KSKA-Anchorage since February 2014. In addition to Outdoor Explorer, she is the producer of Addressing Alaskans, a weekly radio show featuring local lectures recorded in Southcentral Alaska. Every now and then Monica still manages to squirrel away enough dollars and vacation time to pull off big kayaking trips, like this one to north India in 2013. Or this one down Alaska’s Alsek-Tatshenshini Rivers in 2014.
FAMILY CALENDAR HOST: Erin Kirkland
Erin Kirkland is the publisher of AKontheGO.com, Alaska’s only family travel resource, and author of Alaska On the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children. Erin and her family have driven, flown, paddled, hiked, and biked much of the 49th state in search of the best options for family fun. In addition to Outdoor Explorer, Erin is a regular contributor to KTVA 11’s Daybreak program, and her work has included Alaska Magazine, Huffington Post Travel, FoxNewsOnline, Working Mother Magazine, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Coast Magazine. She is currently working on a second book, due for release in 2016. Erin lives in Anchorage with her family.
Erin hosts the family focused Outdoor Explorer calendar segment once a month.
Born and raised in Alaska, David began his radio career in 2000 as a volunteer DJ at UAA’s radio station KRUA 88.1, where he hosted a weekend music show. In 2004 he was hired as the station’s music director, and held the position until his graduation in 2007. In 2008 he was hired by Alaska Public Media as an broadcast operator and audio engineer. In addition to contributing to Outdoor Explorer, he currently engineers the statewide programs Alaska News Nightly and Talk of Alaska for APRN. He also produces the weekly KSKA segment Townsquare 49 Radio. David enjoys snowboarding, hiking and fishing.
Annie Feidt moved to Alaska in 2004 with her husband, Dave, expecting to have a few years of fun adventures before moving back to the Lower 48. But they quickly fell in love with the state and have no plans to leave anytime soon. Annie enjoys cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, trail running and biking. Lately, she’s spending a lot of time introducing her young daughter to fun activities, like splashing in mud puddles. When she’s not recreating outdoors, Annie is the senior editor/producer for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Her radio stories have appeared on Morning Edition, The World and Marketplace.
MUSIC: “Got It All” (open) and “Sleep Forever” (close) by Portugal. The Man. Watch the Sleep Forever music video featuring Wasilla grown, lead singer John Gourley mushing in Alaska.
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