Outdoor Explorer

On “Outdoor Explorer” we invite you to step outside into Alaska. Follow us to a new trail or fishing hole, learn what to pack, when to go and most importantly, how to stay safe. Learn about life-long fitness and get inspired to go outside in the back country or on the bike trails.

We’ll hear from the people who know the land best – outdoor guides, park rangers, coaches, authors, lodge owners, bush pilots, educators and you, the explorer. Listen Thursdays at 10:00 am & 8:00 pm on KSKA FM, streaming live at alaskapublic.org.

We’re looking for your show ideas! Please send your thoughts for upcoming shows to: bork@alaskapublic.org

A view of the Inside passage

Seeking horizons upon retirement

What do outdoor professionals do when they retire from a life in the outdoors? This week's Outdoor Explorer features Donna and Don Ford who retired from NOLS and travelled from Cabo to the mouth of the Yukon River.
A runner in an orange windbreaker and wearing a red running backpack descends a dirt trail with wet vegetation in the foreground and mountains rising into fog int he background

The Alaska Long Trail

On the next Outdoor Explorer, Lisa will be joined by Alaska Trails board secretary Chris Beck, former Governor Tony Knowles, and videographer Max Romey. They are all part of an effort to develop the Alaska Long Trail, an endeavor that would add Alaska to the list of epic thru hikes such as the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail.
Skier at Karl Eid Jumping Complex.

Ski jumping in Anchorage

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking about ski jumping with the Anchorage Ski Jumping Club. Our guests will be Karen Compton and Zak Hamill. Karen has been instrumental in the recent dramatic growth of the Anchorage Jumping Club, and she’s also a parent of two ski jumpers. Zak Hamill is the Club’s program director and head coach.
a caribou

The hunting life along the Denali Highway

Hunting is big part of Alaska life. If you live in Alaska you hunt or know someone who hunts. On this week's Outdoor Explorer we'll talk about the hunting life with John Schandelmeier.
Swimming one of the channels on the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail System

Swimming Alaska

In this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be joined by Sheryl Mohwinkel, Melinda Greig and Jenny Kimball, open water long distance swimmers. This summer they swam the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail System, becoming possibly the first people to swim the traditional canoe route. Their future swimming adventures in Alaska are even more ambitious.
a capsized kayak

Performing in an emergency

How and why do we react the way do when we encounter a stressful situation in the outdoors? Deb Ajango joins us to discuss physiological responses and how to train to perform in an emergency.
Max Romey, combining watercolors and photography, photo courtesy Max Romey

Alaska’s storytellers

On the next Outdoor Explorer, author Chris Lundgren and videographer Max Romey, will share stories of Alaska. Chris is the author of Accidental Adventures: Alaska, a book about mishaps with good outcomes. Max is a videographer who uses watercolors, photography and film to tell stories about Alaska and beyond.
Carol Seppilu running outside of Nome, photo courtesy Carol Seppilu

Carol Seppilu: Strong resilient indigenous

On the next Outdoor Explorer, Carol Seppilu from Nome will describe her journey from suicide survivor to ultrarunner. September is Suicide Awareness Month and her shared message of Strong Resilient Indigenous is proving inspirational both state-wide and nationally.
Freya Hoffmeister

Paddling around North America

What’s it like to sea kayak around south and north America, including Alaska? On this Outdoor Explorer we’ll talk with German paddler Freya Hoffmeister who is doing just that.
Hailey Williams, girls winner of the Pride of Alaska Award, photo courtesy of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

2020 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

On this Outdoor Explorer, Harlow Robinson, executive director of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, will catch us up on the Hall’s class of 2020. The planned induction ceremony for the event, the moment and the individuals to be honored was slated for April, but the celebration has been delayed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.