The mountain climbing community

Icing Peak Ridge, courtesy: Evan Phillips

Alaska’s mountains speak to different people in different ways. To some people, they say climb. Certainly, enough people have heard that voice to develop a large and active climbing community in Anchorage, a community that spans generations. That’s the topic of today’s show, with a guest who pioneered climbing here and a younger climber who is pulling together this community in a knew way. The conversation is about why and how climbers challenge themselves with Alaska’s mountains, but also how the experience affected them, helped them grow, and connected them with others like themselves. It’s a deep topic worth thinking about.



HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Evan Phillips – mountain climber and creator of The Firn Line podcast
  • Charlie Sassara – Mountain climber and life-long Alaskan


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BROADCAST: Thursday, March 02, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, March 09, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!