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Canoeing 5,000 Miles in 5 Months

Starting in Washington, going over the Chilkoot Pass, down the Yukon, through the Bering Sea, up river to Lake Iliamna, finally ending up in Anchorage’s Westchester Lagoon, Bob Vollhaber paddled a canoe five thousand miles in five months. He’d never done anything like the before. On the next Outdoor Explorer, listen to an interview with Bob recorded on September 17th, just days after he completed the extraordinary journey.

KSKA: Thursday 10/24 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 18, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Getting Tweens Outdoors

Getting Tweens Outdoors

For outdoor families, it can be tough when children leave elementary school and suddenly don’t want to go outside anymore. There are plenty of exceptions, but middle school coaches and parents of tweens know that this is a critical age to keep young people going outside and active. We’ll be talking with parents and educators about how the outdoors can compete with the screen or the couch in the lives of tweens as we struggle to help them build independent lives that are healthy and active.

KSKA: Thursday 10/17 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Transition Season Biking

Even as fall weather gets colder, biking is not over. The sport of cyclocross is nearing its peak of competition. Mountain biking trails are firm and fast in cool weather. And yearround bikers are preparing for winter. We are talking about biking when its cold out, on the cyclocross course or on the street, getting to work, and the equipment and attitude it takes to make sub-arctic bicycling full.

KSKA: Thursday 10/10 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 4, 2013 - 12:30 pm
Disc Golf

Disc Golf

The thrown disc, otherwise known as a frisbee, transferred a generation ago from a beach toy to a serious piece of sporting equipment, both in ultimate frisbee leagues and in disc golf. Even if you haven’t played, you’ve noticed disc golf players, usually young adults, walking through the forest from hole to hole. On this edition of Outdoor Explorer, we’ll learn how the sport has grown in Anchorage to be a major feature of our wooded parks.

KSKA: Thursday 10/3 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 27, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Trap Shooting

Trap Shooting

Trap shooting is a sport at which Alaskans excel, having produced a national champion and Olympian in Cory Cogdell, formerly of Eagle River, and other top competitors. On today’s show we learn about the community of trap shooters in Anchorage, how shooters learn to hit the fast-moving targets, and what it takes to get into the sport. Watch Video

KSKA: Thursday 9/26 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Swan Lake Area Canoe Trails

This is a great time of year to be canoeing on the Swan Lake Canoe Route, when the leaves are turning and the fish are active in the cool weather, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll also be talking about floating the easy Swanson River, which may be the best float for beginners in our region and great for families. This is a show about one of the best areas to take your first self-guided wilderness trip.

KSKA: Thursday 9/19 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Canyons and Ice

Dick in the cold

Dick Griffith is a legendary Alaska wilderness traveler. On the next Outdoor Explorer meet Dick and hear some of his lifetime of stories of adventure. Kaylene Johnson will be with us too. She helped him write his Dick’s new book, Canyons and Ice, which involved digging through decades of journals of adventures that Dick, in his modesty, had never shared.

KSKA: Thursday 9/12 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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September 6, 2013 - 2:20 pm
Gold Mining

Gold Mining

It’s a fair bet that the stampeders who flowed north during the Klondike Gold Rush never thought of mining as recreational, but the hunt for gold is something people do for fun, as well as profit. We’ll find out how and why modern recreational miners persist in sifting Alaska’s streams with pans and other obsolete equipment, going after glittering flakes of gold, and hoping for something much richer. It’s a hobby that gets them outdoors, and it’s a treasure hunt.

KSKA: Thursday 9/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 30, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Duck Hunting

Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service

Duck hunting season begins September 1, a day that kicks off an outdoor tradition like no other. We’ll have guests who are getting ready for opening day with all the trappings of the sport, talk about hunting memories and traditions, and touch on conservation issues and changes in the land and the sport.

KSKA: Thursday 8/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 23, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Berry Picking


The feel of the air at night has changed. Fall is coming. Time for berry picking. It’s been a great year for berries across Alaska, and on today’s show, we will talk in detail about where, how, and what to pick, and how to handle your harvest with experts on the art, science, health and culinary details of berries, and share the warm feeling of this wonderful family tradition.

KSKA: Thursday, 8/22 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 16, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Off The Grid Life

A cabin off the grid is a private place in the wilderness where the noisy world is far away and the soul of Alaska close at hand. On the next Outdoor Explorer, our host comes to you from his own off-the-grid cabin on Kachemak Bay. Guest Donna Massay will join us from the Trapper Creek area. And we’ll learn about the power, water and communication technology that makes off the grid life easier to do these days.

KSKA: Thursday 8/15, at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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August 9, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Fish Camp

Fish Camp

On the next Outdoor Explorer, our topic is fish camp. Native Alaskans all over the state go to riverside fish camps for the summer to harvest salmon, and as part of an ancient way of life. And a lot of commercial fishermen have fish camps at setnet sites, where they catch the fish going by, they make a little bit of money and to live and sustain themselves in wild places.

KSKA: Thursday 8/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
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August 2, 2013 - 1:00 pm


When you think of sailing, maybe you think of multi-million-dollar America’s cup yachts, or rich guys in blue blazers sipping cocktails. But Alaskans sail, too, and we do it the Alaskan way, out in beautiful places where getting around by the power of the wind is fun, interesting, and makes a lot of sense. Our topic is sailing, from ocean cruising to lake sailing, and even sailing with radio controlled model boats in local ponds.

KSKA: Thursday 8/1 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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July 26, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Hiking the Chugach

This week’s show puts together four guys who love hiking these trails and know them well, an author, two trail managers and your host. We’ll talk about our favorite hikes while we put together a trail guide on the air.

KSKA: Thursday 7/25 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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July 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Dip Netting

Mid-July is time for reds to rush into Cook Inlet and up the Kenai River. And at the river’s mouth, to navigate their way past a phalanx of nets held out in the current on long poles. We’re talking about dipnetting the Kenai, the kind of fishing that makes you feel like a grizzly bear, snatching the salmon out of the river by skill and chance.

KSKA: Thursday, July 18, 2pm and 9pm

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July 12, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Fireweed 400

Close to the middle of nowhere, on the Glenn Highway at Sheep Mountain Lodge, 750 cyclists will take off for a race to Valdez, 200 miles away, an amazing highway ride, largely downhill, across some of Alaska’s most beautiful country. And then the most competitive among them will turn around and ride back up the mountains another 200 miles to the starting point. We’re focusing on the Fireweed 400, a unique, inspiring and fun summer event for the best cyclists and for a bunch off ordinary mortals who just want to challenge themselves.

KSKA: Thursday 7/11 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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July 5, 2013 - 12:30 pm
Mount Marathon

Mount Marathon

During the 2012 Mount Marathon race, two runners were terribly injured and one disappeared, never to be found. Organizers hope this year’s race is safer, without losing its adventurous edge. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll talk about the new rules, and about the joy of mountain running and competition with two of the best in Alaska, plus a race organizer. Also new for this week’s show, host Charles Wohlforth is in Homer, at KBBI.

KSKA: Thursday 6/27 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 21, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Glacier Trekking

A huge proportion of Alaska is covered with ice. A lot more than has towns and cities or anything man made on it. That’s a lot of country to explore, and its truly beautiful, like another world. On the next Outdoor Explorer the topic is glacier travel. We’ll be talking with a guide who takes newbies on glacier treks, a photographer who specializes in glacier journeys, and a glaciologist who goes to work on glaciers, and knows how they’re made.

KSKA: Thursday 6/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 14, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Weekend Pilots

Imagine getting up on Saturday morning, hopping in your plane, and going anywhere in Alaska. It’s the ultimate way of getting outdoors in a huge wilderness with unlimited opportunities. We’ll be talking with weekend pilots about their expensive and challenging hobby, and what makes it worthwhile. What would you like to know about learning to fly, or even owning your own plane? Where would you go if the sky was the limit?

KSKA: Thursday, 6/13, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 7, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Single Track

On the next Outdoor Explorer, our topic is single-track mountain biking. Have you biked the single track trails at Kincaid? It has become huge in Anchorage with the construction of these narrow trails through the woods on the Hillside and at Kincaid, with lots of sudden hills and tight turns. Charles Wohlforth hosts two guests who volunteered to create the trails and ride them everyday.

KSKA: Thursday 6/6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 31, 2013 - 3:00 pm