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Outdoor Explorer

Birdwatching at the Coastal Refuge

Birdwatching at the Coastal Refuge

In Anchorage you head for the mountains, but on the other side of the city there is another wild habitat to explore, summer and winter: the coastal wetlands that extend from Potter’s Marsh to Ship Creek. We’ll talk about the swampy, muddy shoreline of Anchorage, and the many birds and animals that live there.

KSKA: Thursday, May 8, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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May 2, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Wildlife Hazards in Context

Wildlife Hazards in Context

The terror of being attacked by a bear is a nightmare for many outdoors people, and a lot of time is spent worrying and planning for it. We’ll put wildlife hazards in context. What should you know to be safe, how can you improve your chances, and why aren’t you thinking about all the other things that could get you, and that are a lot more common. Join us for an opinionated discussion.

KSKA: Thursday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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April 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Planning Summer Trips With Kids

Planning Summer Trips With Kids

Taking kids on an outdoor vacation can be the most rewarding and memorable time of your life. And the most stressful. Ever been without a campsite with hungry, tired kids when its getting past bedtime? Now THAT’S an extreme sport. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about family trips. Host Charles Wohlforth wrote a book on the subject and he is joined by two other authors of advice on family travel in Alaska and taking kids outdoors.

KSKA: Thursday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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April 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Getting Ready for Paddling Season

Getting Ready for Paddling Season

The ice will soon go out soon on our lakes and rivers. The sea otters are ready to pose for our pictures. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re getting ready for paddling season. Host Charles Wohlforth and guests will be talking about canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rivers, lakes and the ocean — gear, safety, planning and packing. We’ll be dreaming about the trips we would love to take, and talking to folks who have done them.

KSKA: Thursday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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April 11, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Art Inspired by the Wilderness

Art Inspired by the Wilderness

Alaska’s beauty inspires artists and sometimes overwhelms them. It’s hard to convey how you feel about our spectacular country. But its an important part of the wilderness experience. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about wilderness art with artists who have made expeditions to pursue their work, sponsored by some of our public land agencies. Host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by a writer, photographer and a mural artist to talk about expression outdoors.

KSKA: Thursday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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April 4, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Whaling

Whaling

The Inupiaq people of the North Slope have hunted bowhead whales for at least 1000 years. As spring arrives, they will once again be building trail on the sea ice and building camps to launch umiats of oogruk skin, armed with harpoons and 19th century bomb guns. On the next Outdoor Explorer, host Charles Wohlforth and guests calling in from Barrow will talk more about how Eskimo whaling is done and what the tradition means.

KSKA: Thursday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 pm.
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March 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Snowkiting

Snowkiting

You see them zipping around Turnagain Arm and in the backcountry. Brightly colored kites and their human drivers adorn Alaska’s airspace, harnessing the wind to power an extreme sport. Host Charles Wohlforth and guests will talk on all things kiting.

KSKA: Thursday, Mar. 27 at 2:00 p.m.
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March 21, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Eklutna Traverse: A Changing Adventure?

Eklutna Traverse: A Changing Adventure?

The Eklutna traverse is a popular spring trip for local and visiting mountaineers. But the 38-mile trip is changing. Host Annie Feidt and her guests will explore whether changing glaciers means a changing adventure on the next Outdoor Explorer.

KSKA: Thursday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 14, 2014 - 2:45 pm
Training for Fitness

Training for Fitness

Have you gotten a little sedentary over the winter? Host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by a coach, a physical therapist and a dietician to talk about how to safely and successfully start a fitness program, to control weight, improve health or just enjoy life more. For those who already work out regularly, we’ll talk about how to take it to the next level, and even to endurance competition.

KSKA: Thursday, 3/13, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 7, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Alaska Native Games

Alaska Native Games

The annual statewide competitions are coming up soon, as well as the international Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks. These games are spectacular, like the high kick, and sometimes require toughness and courage. Their cultural roots are for preparing for outdoor survival and hunting success. We’ll have athletes and cultural experts in the studio.

KSKA: Thursday, 3/6 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 28, 2014 - 2:30 pm
Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry skiing opens more of Alaska to access by muscles alone than any other sport, and can take you to the most awesome and fearsome spots, too, for self-reliant adventure. But it’s complicated. We’ll learn about the several kinds of backcountry skis and techniques — telemark, randonee, touring — what each is best for, and the most reasonable route to find your way into the sport.

KSKA: Thursday, 2/27 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 21, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Antarctica: Life on the Ice

Antarctica: Life on the Ice

Antarctica is a land of extremes. Spectrum Radio reporter Glenn Zorpette takes listeners to the world’s southernmost frozen expanse in the hour-long radio documentary, “Antarctica: Life on the Ice.” This piece is a co-production of the National Science Foundation and IEEE Spectrum Radio Programming. Outdoor Explorer will return next week.

KSKA: Thursday 2/20 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

February 18, 2014 - 10:33 am
Alaska Mountain Rescue

Alaska Mountain Rescue

When Alaskans get lost or hurt in the high country, they rely on a team of volunteers and professionals who are tough enough to come get them in the worst conditions. This week on Outdoor Explorer we’ll find how how they do their work and how we can help as outdoor users when we are lost.

KSKA: Thursday, 2/13 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 7, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Kikkan Randall wins the sprint at the World Cup

Olympic Parents

Parents of three Anchorage Olympians join us in the studio. Some of them are headed to Sochi, where the winter games start Friday, so we pre-recorded the show. We’ve heard from athletes, but as a parent it is easier to identify more with the parents: with their pride, and trepidation, and with knowledge of the sacrifices made for a young person to succeed at the highest level. We’ll learn how parents produce an Olympian, and how it feels, good and bad, once you have one in the family.

KSKA: Thursday 2/6 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Ice fishing on Silver Lake. Photo by BLM.

Ice Fishing

What goes on inside those tents you see on the frozen lakes around town? On the next Outdoor Explorer,we’ll find out. The topic is ice fishing. Folks do it on stocked lakes all through the city–that’s another unique thing about Anchorage–and in the backcountry they catch great big fish through the ice. We’ll find out how to do it and why. What’s the attraction of fishing in the middle of winter when the water is frozen?

KSKA: Thursday 1/30 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Winter Camping and Snowshoeing

Winter Camping and Snowshoeing

The summer season for sleeping outdoors is short, but there’s still a lot of Alaska out there in the winter with wonderful backcountry recreation and easy travel on snowshoes, when the rivers are frozen and it almost never rains. We’ll be talking about winter camping and snowshoeing. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. You can be comfortable, have great access to the backcountry, and sleep under the most amazing dome of stars.

KSKA: Thursday 1/23 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Community Skating

Community Skating

Here’s an Alaska moment. It’s a weekend afternoon, you’ve been stuck indoors all day, you see that beautiful winter light in the sky, and you say, ‘let’s go skating.’ Half an hour later, you’re gliding over a frozen pond with your neighbors, getting rosy cheeks, and looking forward to hot chocolate. We’re talking about ice skating, the casual community kind, where everyone can participate and enjoy a winter day with friends.

KSKA: Thursday 1/16 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Citizen Ski Racing

Tour of Anchorage 2013 from ATMI on Vimeo.

You don’t have to be an Olympian to participate in a Nordic ski race. Anchorage has races for the rest of us, where fast skiers can duel at the front while older and less competitive skiers push their personal limits. The Tour of Anchorage is the biggest race of the year, with up to 2,000 contestants covering up to 50 kilometers, but local volunteers organize many other cross-country ski races during the winter that are open to anyone willing to try.

KSKA: Thursday 1/9 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 3, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Winter Biking

Winter Biking

Most places, bikes get put away in the fall, but Alaskans are using their bikes year round, including in places where only skis or snowshoes used to be able to go. We’ll talk about the many kinds of winter biking– commuting, recreation and racing in town, and expeditions, including distances that boggle the mind. One of my guests biked to Nome and then to Fairbanks. Tune in to learn how we started biking in winter, and why.

KSKA: Thursday, 12/19 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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December 13, 2013 - 3:05 pm
Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Safety

They say the most important piece of safety equipment outdoors is your brain, and that is particularly true with staying alive in avalanche country. We’ll address the most dangerous backcountry hazard with an avalanche prediction expert and an educator who specializes in tuning up that safety gear inside your head. We’ll talk about how to recognize danger, how to prepare for winter travel in the backcountry, and when to stay home.

KSKA: Thursday 12/12 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 6, 2013 - 3:04 pm