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Long-Distance Bike Adventures

Long-Distance Bike Adventures

Can you imagine biking around the world? On the next Outdoor Explorer, hear from two French cyclists – a CPA and a postal worker – who doing just that. We’ll also hear about cycle-touring in Alaska, too, and the best routes and tips for your own trip.

KSKA: Thursday, June 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

May 29, 2015
Action and Scenic Photography

Action and Scenic Photography

Using a camera to capture the spectacular places and outdoor sports we love can seem like an impossible task. On the next Outdoor Explorer, join us with two guests who have dedicated their lives to making amazing photographs that bring the outdoors to life.

KSKA: Thursday, May 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 22, 2015
Air Quality and Lung Health for Athletes

Air Quality and Lung Health for Athletes

The air you breathe keeps you alive, and it should always be pure and healthy, but for outdoor athletes, air quality means much more, whether you’re an elite runner or if you are just huffing and puffing up a hill on your bicycle. On today’s show, we’re going to learn about both parts of this equation: the quality of our air in Anchorage and around Alaska, and how our bodies handle the air, including how our lungs respond to pollution.

KSKA: Thursday, May 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 15, 2015
Rockhounding and Fossils

Rockhounding and Fossils

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll talk about rockhounding with folks who get serious about geology. We’ll also spend time with scientists who find real treasures, the fossils of dinosaurs that once lived in Alaska.

KSKA: Thursday, May 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
Beach and Creek Cleanup

Beach and Creek Cleanup

A few years ago I got interested in a group that was cleaning up marine debris from beaches in Prince William Sound. I volunteered, and I was blown away by what a rewarding experience it was to pick up trash. On today’s show, we’re talking about beach cleanup, both on the wild, outer coast where stuff is washing up from Japan, and on our beaches here in Anchorage. And we’ll talk about creek cleanup too, which is coming up shortly, and where we get to tend to our own back yard.

KSKA: Thursday, May 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
Water Taxis to Wilderness

Water Taxis to Wilderness

Coastal communities are the best thresholds to the wilderness for most of us who live in urban Alaska. That’s because a short boat ride can get you from the small boat harbor to a wild beach many, many miles from the nearest road, a place that likely is inaccessible any other way. On today’s show, we’re going to talk about using water taxis and where they can take you for hiking, paddling, or just setting up camp and enjoying incredibly beautiful, biologically rich places.

KSKA: Thursday, April 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 24, 2015
Birds Make Their Annual Invasion of Southcentral Alaska

Birds Make Their Annual Invasion of Southcentral Alaska

The birds are coming back. Shorebirds invade Southcentral Alaska on their migrations about now, and festivals are planned in Homer and Cordova where, if the timing is right, you can see clouds of birds descending on the beaches and mudflats. On today’s show, we’ll talk about the pleasure and interest of birding, and where you can do it here in Anchorage, around our region, and across Alaska.

KSKA: Thursday, April 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 17, 2015
Selecting a Bike

Selecting a Bike

On today’s show we’re going to talk about how to buy a bike. We’ll focus first on the high end and the creative stuff that hardcore cycling folks are doing these days, building crazy bikes and putting together the perfect bike. Then we’ll focus on the practical details of getting the right bike for you at a price you can afford, whether you buy new or on Craigslist.

KSKA: Thursday, April 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 10, 2015
Gray Whale Migration

Gray Whale Migration

One of the first signs of spring in coastal Alaska is the appearance of gray whales, who pass our way on their annual journey from Mexico to the Bering Sea. Along our uninhabited shores, the whales get a lot more privacy than they do down south, but you can see them from boats and coastal towns, and tour boats from Seward go out to view the whales through April. On today’s show, we’re talking about going out to see the whales this spring, and the biology of the whales and their amazing migration.

KSKA: Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 3, 2015
Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is sort of like outdoor treasure hunting, and it’s getting really big in Anchorage. Host Charles Wohlforth gave it a try with his daughter. They had an iPhone app and a mission to look for hidden caches logged on a website powered by GPS equipment. The result? A fun, and somewhat addicting, new hobby. Join us on air to learn more about geocaching.

KSKA: Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 27, 2015
Go North

Go North

It is plenty common for people to make their way to Alaska on behalf of a significant other or for a job, but in this show, three guests share their stories of making the trip north by unconventional means. They came here by air, land and sea — and we’ll hear stories from their adventures heading north.

KSKA: Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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March 20, 2015
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

If you love the ocean, Alaska’s waters offer a fascinating world to explore as a diver. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re headed under water with three Alaska scuba divers to hear about the sport and what it’s like here in Alaska.

KSKA: Thursday, March 19, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 13, 2015
Making Your Own Equipment

Making Your Own Equipment

A theme encountered on Outdoor Explorer is that Alaskans invent a lot of stuff to do what they want outdoors. On this show, three guests who build their own gear, whether it be skis, bike accessories or mountaineering equipment, explain why they find it to be so rewarding and the benefits of stuff Alaskans have invented.

KSKA: Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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March 6, 2015
Making the Musher

Making the Musher

Rookie mushers come and go. It takes countless hours and training to become an Iditarod great. On the next episode of Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking to a handful of mushers who are on that journey. They scoop poop. They cut up a lot of raw meat. It’s not glamorous work, but they’re chasing down a dream as Iditarod sled dogs gun it for Nome.

KSKA: Thursday, March 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 27, 2015

An Interview with Alaska musher Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle didn’t grow up thinking she would become a famous musher. But she always loved the outdoors. And when she was studying biology at the University of Pennsylvania, she walked into a lab one day saw this sign on the door: “Why are you studying biology in downtown Philadelphia when you could be in Alaska?”

A few years later, she was mushing her first team of dogs in the Interior community of Bettles. On the next Outdoor Explorer, Join host Annie Feidt for an interview with this remarkable musher.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 20, 2015
Runners David Johnston and Shawn McTaggart laugh it up a mile into the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational.  Photo courtesy of David Johnston.

Iditarod Trail Invitational

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about the Iditarod Trail Invitational race, which claims to be the longest winter ultra marathon in the world, sending racers by foot, bike or ski either 1000 miles from Knik to Nome, or 350 from Knik to McGrath.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 19, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 13, 2015
Iron Dog

Iron Dog

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about the Iron Dog, billed as “the world’s longest, toughest snowmobile race.” We’ve got racers in the studio who have done it, and won. And we’re going to talk about how you put on a race of this scale, which starts Feb. 21, and for the first time this year, will take off with a ceremonial starting line in Anchorage.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Photo taken from Wikimedia Commons

Trapping in Alaska

When Russians first came to Alaska in the 1740s, they were seeking fur, and fur-bearing animals were an important element of Alaska’s economy for more than 200 years. Today, Alaska still has thousands of trappers, both those who make a living at it and those who do it for fun. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll hear more about an activity as old as Alaska itself.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 30, 2015
Arctic Warriors

Arctic Warriors

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about Arctic Warriors and the skills they learn and practice. We have two officers in the studio whose military training has helped them make it through Alaska’s harshest weather. One was on a caribou hunt on North Slope when the weather took a dangerous turn. The other led a successful Denali ascent over the summer. What does the military teach about surviving outdoors? We’ll get into that question on this show.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
Winter Sports and Climate Change

Winter Sports and Climate Change

If winter defines us as Alaskans, as skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, what happens when we start to lose winter? Strange weather is becoming the new normal and we’re forced to adapt to climate change, because we don’t have a choice. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll look at what that means from scientific and a practical perspective.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015