Tag: outdoors

Sarah Histand near the Shubliks (

Revisiting it’s OK to be a beginner in the outdoors

Do you remember what it's like to be a beginner at something? This week, on Outdoor Explorer our guest is Sarah Histand, she'll talk about overcoming the things that keep us from getting started, how to be a beginner when it seems everyone else is an expert, and functional strength at home.
The Stan-Kamps

Travel School #2: Parks of California

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we will continue the series Travel School with Jodi Harskamp and Neal Stanbury and their children, Tui and Leif. We will pick up their journey as they leave Oregon and begin exploring the parks of California. But just as they get started, they encounter trouble.
Sepp Weber

80 years of climbing, skiing, and boating with Sepp Weber

Sepp Weber has climbed, skied and kayaked for 80 years, mostly in Alaska. Join him and your host Paul Twardock as Sepp shares his stories on Outdoor Explorer.
Neal Stanbury, Tui Stanbury, Leif Stanbury and Jodi Harskamp

Travel School: Parks of the northwest

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we will be joined by a family that took school on the road this winter. Jodi Harskamp and her husband Neal Stanbury, along with their children Tui and Leif and dog Nukka, traveled in their retrofitted truck to state and national parks across the lower 48 for a back to nature education.

Organizing a big sporting event during a pandemic

On this week’s Outdoor Explorer, we’ll speak with the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation’s executive director, Ben Popp, about the changes that were put in place to allow thousands of competitors to gather in Wisconsin for America’s largest ski race, even during the pandemic.
the cover of Raven's Witness

The life of Richard Nelson

On the next Outdoor Explorer, our guest is Hank Lentfer, author of the book “Raven’s Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson.” Richard was Alaska’s Writer Laureate from 1999 – 2001, but he is maybe best remembered for his National Public Radio show “Encounters” that was centered around the sounds of Alaska.
a kettle lake

Emotional intelligence in the outdoors

What is emotional intelligence how does it affect our outdoor activities? This week we'll discuss why it's important in contributing to enjoyable outdoor experiences.
Crow Pass Trail in Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we will dive deep into the history, planning and development of Chugach State Park with guests Monica Alvarez with the Department of Natural Resources, Ben Corwin the Park’s Chief Ranger, and Ryan Yelle, the Chairman of the Park’s Citizen Advisory Board.
Christine Byl

Dirt Work

Have you ever thought you needed to live in a yurt off the grid in order to be more connected to nature? This week on Outdoor Explorer our guest is author Chri/stine Byl. We discuss how you have to be a beginner in order to become an expert and misconceptions around what being more connected to nature actually means.
Government Peak Recreation Area

Nordic skiing in Alaska

Alaska has a plethora of cross country ski trails and the clubs that groom them. This week’s Outdoor Explorer talks with the people that make Nordic skiing happen in Alaska.
Les Stroud

Enjoying the outdoors is more fun when you’re prepared

On this week’s show, our guest is Les Stroud. You may know him as Survivorman but his passion for the outdoors extends far beyond survival. Our discussion covers many topics including survival, getting kids outside, urban adventures, and we talk about his numerous upcoming projects.
A brown bear feeds on a whale carcass on Admiralty Island

Reflecting on Alaska

On the next Outdoor Explorer, our guests will be two authors whose books reflect on Alaska through their relationships with our unique and challenging environment. Monica Devine, author of “Water Mask,” and Bjorn Dihle, author of “AShape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears.”
Anna Garner

Women of the sea and sky

This week on Outdoor Explorer our guests are a sheep hunter who is becoming a commercial pilot and a boat captain. And they’re both women. We talk about not letting underrepresentation hold you back from doing what you love and of course there are some good adventure stories too!
Sadie and Marine out skiing together

Starting and ending World Cup ski careers

Alaska’s World Cup Ski Racers are a force to be reckoned with on the international racing circuit. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking with two of them who have been making an impact lately: Sadie Maubet-Bjornsen and JC Schoonmaker.
Miguel Ramos

Bikes Belong

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll listen to an Alaska Outdoor Alliance Lunch & Learn session, Bikes Belong. The weekly series is open to the public and addresses topics important to the Alaska outdoor community. The Bikes Belong discussion brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the future of Alaska biking.
Skeetawk Ski Area

The downhill ski areas of Alaska

Ski areas around Alaska are opening with the motto "Ski Well, Be Well." This show features ski areas around Alaska in this year of COVID.
Sonja Wieck

Sonja Wieck: Tales of Toughness

What happens when an 18-time Ironman athlete comes in second in her age group at the world championships and wakes up realizing she’s still the same person she was the day before?
Pioneer Peak

Preparing for winter recreation

Winter has arrived in Alaska and it's time to play in the snow! On this Outdoor Explorer we'll have Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News columnist and Rick Roth from Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking answering questions about winter recreation.
Sarah Histand near the Shubliks (

It’s OK to be a beginner in the outdoors

Do you remember what it's like to be a beginner at something? This week, on Outdoor Explorer our guest is Sarah Histand, she'll talk about overcoming the things that keep us from getting started, how to be a beginner when it seems everyone else is an expert, and functional strength at home.
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.