Avalanche equipment and rescue

Skiers alerted each other to high-risk avalanche conditions in Hatcher Pass over a social media group. Photo: Alaska Backcountry Ski Addiction Facebook group.

Everyone knows that winter backcountry travelers need to know how to avoid avalanches, how to prepare for them, and what to do if someone is caught in one. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we talk to experts about the right gear and how to use it, including the new technology and how it works. We’ll also get a step-by-step scenario of what an avalanche recovery is like and what you should do in that terrible event. 

 

Photo compilation courtesy: Anchorage Avalanche Center

 

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BROADCAST: Thursday, January 19, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, January 26, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!