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Outdoor Explorer Archive

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

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

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
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

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

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

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
Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

On the next Outdoor Explorer we’re talking about sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. It’s a short drive from Anchorage, and it’s one of the most famous places to paddle on Earth. Many of us have great memories of paddling trips in the Sound. Others would probably like to try it but aren’t sure how to go about it, to be safe, and to break away on your own. Join us to share the feeling of silence in a quiet cove in the sound, and the practicalities of how to get there.

KSKA: Thursday, 5/30, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 24, 2013
Memorial Day Clamming

Memorial Day Clamming

Memorial Day is upon us, and with it, huge minus tides in lower Cook Inlet. Excellent clam tides are hitting at the same time as the starting weekend of the summer season. But razor clams have been scarce of late. We’ll have a researcher trying to find out why, as well talking about how to pursue razors, and going after steamers and butters, too. Biology, food safety, digging, camping, cooking. You’ll even hear some secret recipes on the next Outdoor Explorer.

KSKA: Thursday, 5/23 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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May 17, 2013
Fishing Forecast

Fishing Forecast

© Jim Lavrakas / Far North Photography

Fishing season is approaching. We’ll find out what to expect in this year’s salmon runs. Last year was dreadful for kings, poor for silvers, and red hot for reds across Upper Cook Inlet. Do we know why? Will we see a repeat? And how do these predictions get made.

KSKA: 5/16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 10, 2013
Pack Rafting

Pack Rafting

A pack raft is a raft you can fit in a pack, and it opens up Alaska in a way that few other inventions ever have done. For skilled paddlers, the raft eliminates the barriers presented by rivers, lakes and even bays when crossing country. But there’s a lot to learn to be safe. We hear from a famous trekker and pack raft pioneer, and a business owner who teaches pack rafting.

KSKA: Thursday 5/9 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 3, 2013
Summer Camp Planning for Kids

Summer Camp Planning for Kids

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The fondest dream of many parents is for our children to love the outdoors as much as we do. Summer is the time for that to happen, but how do you get them off the couch and outside when you’re away at work? On this edition of Outdoor Explorer, the topic is outdoors summer camps. We’ll talk about camp options, and also how to make sure it’s a positive and inspiring experience, even for shy indoor kids.What do you look for in a camp for your kids?

KSKA: Thusday 5/2 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 25, 2013
Denali Climbing Season Begins

Denali Climbing Season Begins

Summit Ridge_Brian Okonek

On the next Outdoor Explorer: Climbing North America’s highest peak. The first climbers of the season are beginning their attempts on Denali.  And in a few weeks, base camp on the Kahiltna glacier will become an international village of mountaineers. Host Annie Feidt will be joined by Denali climbing guides and a National Park Service climbing ranger on the next Outdoor Explorer.

KSKA: Thursday 4/25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 19, 2013
Spring Bird Festivals

Spring Bird Festivals

Mike Kenney surrounded by shorebird flock. Photo by Milo Burchman.

It’s a sure sign of spring in coastal Alaska, the arrival of migrating shorebirds that flock so thickly they sometimes look like clouds.  Several communities welcome the birds and visitors who want to see them and learn about them, and its a great chance to get out on the water early in the season and forget winter. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking about the spring migrations and the shorebird festivals coming up in the next week weeks.

KSKA: Thursday 4/18 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 12, 2013

Nordic Combined: A Developing Alaskan Sport

At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the U.S. went from no medals ever in the sport of nordic combined to a gold and three silvers, more than any other country. Now there’s a push on to keep performing in this combination of jumping and distance skiing, and Anchorage is a key to the effort. On the next Outdoor Explorer, host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by a national team skier and coach, in town to build the athlete pipeline.

KSKA: Thursday 4/18 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 5, 2013

Arctic Man City

For a week or two in mid-April, a remote mountainside in the Alaska Range becomes one of the biggest towns in Alaska. It’s Arctic Man, a kind of Burning Man for the snow machine set, with the craziest extreme skiing competition you’ve ever heard of. We’ll preview Arctic Man, the speed, the parties, the family fun, and the backcountry travel, with an organizer, a competitor, and a spectator.

KSKA: Thursday 4/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 29, 2013

Group Led Outdoor Activities

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On this Outdoor Explorer we’ll talk about the outdoors as a social space. Some folks think that groups are the best way to experience natural places, to hike, ski, climb or bird. They’ve set up ways to get together and meet new people while exploring and learning. Have you ever thought about finding new friends for an outdoor adventure? Learn how.

KSKA: Thursday 3/28 at 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm

March 21, 2013

Teaching Kids How to Downhill Ski

Learning to ski.

Teaching your kids to ski is as much a lesson for you as it is for them – a lesson in patience. Don’t give up yet. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll share tips for helping your children become confident on skis and with other outdoor skills Alaskans need. We’ll be joined by the experts, and by other parents listening and sharing their own stories and advice.

KSKA: Thursday 3/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 15, 2013

Ice Climbing

Alaska isn’t exactly known as an ice climbing destination. But more and more of the state’s residents are falling in love with the sport. On this Outdoor Explorer will talk about everything from historic first ascents on ice climbs in Alaska to advice on getting into the sport. And we’ll head out with guest host Annie Feidt as she tries ice climbing for the first time.

KSKA: Thursday 3/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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March 8, 2013

Amateur Mushing

Iditarod dog teams have as much in common with your pet as an Indy car and a tricycle, but there is something in between. Dog mushing is a recreational sport for families, too. On this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll learn about using sled dogs for fun and transportation with the mom of a local mushing family, and a Denali guide who takes out newbies daily.

KSKA Thursday 3/7 at 2:00 pm, repeating at 7:00 pm

March 1, 2013