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Resurrection Pass Trail

Resurrection Pass Trail

The Resurrection Pass Trail is a gem. Running from Hope to Cooper Landing, this 38 mile route is probably Alaska’s best backpacking trail, but it’s also great for mountain biking, snowmachining, skiing, snowshoeing and running. On our show, we’ll talk about a week-long hike with kids and a running event that does the whole thing in a single day. Along the way, we’ll provide the information you need to do the Resurrection yourself.

KSKA: Thursday, August 27, at 2 and 8 p.m.

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August 21, 2015
Sailing for adventure and fun

Sailing for adventure and fun

Today’s show will inspire you with a sailing adventure, then help you learn about how to become a sailor with your family here in our part of Alaska. We’ll hear about an amazing adventure an Anchorage couple took halfway around the world, sailing from Seward, Alaska to New Zealand and back in two years. Then a sailing instructor here in our region, talking about how to become a sailor and make sailing a part of your life on Alaskan lakes.

KSKA: Thursday, August 20, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
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August 14, 2015
Outdoors with Disabilities

Outdoors with Disabilities

On Outdoor Explorer, we get to interview some of the heartiest and most driven athletes in the world, people who test themselves against Alaska and win. On this week’s show, we meet athletes who fit that description, but do it while dealing with a disability. They prove that Alaska’s outdoors are accessible for skiing, boating, hunting, hand-cycle racing, and just about anything else you want to try.

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KSKA: Thursday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

August 7, 2015
Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry

Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry

This edition of Outdoor Explorer comes to you from the backcountry of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Earlier in the summer, Charles flew with friends to a mountain pass in the massive, incredibly spectacular Wrangell mountains where they spent an extended weekend on dayhikes in the alpine environment, near the Russell Glacier. We’ll learn about the park, the trip, and how you can do a backcountry adventure in this amazing park.

KSKA: Thursday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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July 31, 2015
Paragliding

Paragliding

The dream of personal flight is pretty basic. Paragliding makes soaring up in the sky into a regular weekend activity. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re going to learn about what paragliding feels like, how you do it safely, and ways to gain entry into the sport.

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

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July 17, 2015
Rowing

Rowing

Have you ever been to a regatta? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be in the field with the Anchorage Rowing Association as they put a crop of beginners through the basics in time for the Dave Thorsness Challenge — a newbie-friendly regatta. Join host Charles Wohlforth on his fun foray into competitive rowing.

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

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July 10, 2015
Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is not the easiest way to catch a fish, by a long shot, and most fly fishermen let the fish go after they catch it, anyway. Does that make sense? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll find out.

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

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July 3, 2015
The play group at Point Woronzof in Anchorage.

Raising an Outdoorsy Family

On the next Outdoor Explorer we explore a different kind of lifestyle – one in which families orient their lives to their outdoor interests rather than to school and community. We’ll talk to folks who have made that leap, and weigh the pros and cons of a radical family investment in your outdoor passions.

KSKA: Thursday, June 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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June 19, 2015
Denali Highway & Tangle Lakes

Denali Highway & Tangle Lakes

While tourists ride the buses into Denali National Park, Alaskans are driving, cycling, hiking and canoeing the other Denali — The Denali Highway, an unpaved road to the wilderness leading from Paxson through the Alaska Range to Cantwell. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll learn about this spectacular alpine route, the incredible outdoor opportunities, and the archeology of the place. Ancient people left evidence of the some of the earliest human travel in the Americas.

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June 12, 2015
History of Anchorage’s Trails and Greenbelts

History of Anchorage’s Trails and Greenbelts

On the next Outdoor Explorer we’ll dive into the history behind Anchorage’s greenbelts, bike and ski trails.

KSKA: Thursday, June 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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June 5, 2015
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.
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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