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Dave Johnson and family camping on Curry Ridge, Denali State Park. Photo courtesy of Pete Robinson.Adventure Journal Art Dave Johnston has had many firsts: the first winter ascent of Denali, the first winter ascent of Mt Foraker, and the first Denali State Park Ranger being just three. He also has climbed the 50 highest peaks in the U.S. with his f…
 
Hannah Halvorsen (r) accepts the Trajan Langdon Award from Nina Kemppel (l), photo courtesy Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Beth Bragg accepts the Joe Floyd Award, photo courtesy Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Jeremy Lane and supporters, photo courtesy Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Scott Patterson accepts the Pride of Alaska Award, photo courtesy Alaska Sports…
 
Millett Keller on Mount Marathon, photo courtesy Lisa Keller.Millett Scissorhands Keller article, courtesy Lisa Keller.Millett Keller, far left, viewing perfect tracks in the Cariboo Mountains, photo courtesy Lisa Keller. This is the second of two interviews with Millett Keller, Lisa’s dad. Pat and Millet Keller arrived in Anchorage in 1963 from Pa…
 
Millett Keller, screenshot from the interview.Pat and Millett Keller with baby Lisa, in their Turnagain neighborhood one year after the 1964 earthquake, photo courtesy Lisa Keller.Millett Keller, with his grandchildren at Lake Tahoe in 2008, photo by Lisa Keller. Our guest for this show is Millett Keller, Lisa’s dad. Pat and Millet Keller arrived i…
 
Karina Movement Class Photo: Paul TwardockYukon Classroom by Paul TwardockSnow Science by Paul TwardockSea Kayaking by Paul TwardockMap Reading PWS by Paul Twardock. Alaska has a number of high-quality university outdoor degree programs that benefit from the great experiential learning Alaska’s mountains, oceans, rivers, and history and cultures ha…
 
March is prime time for winter sports in Alaska. The light is back, the snow is good, and Alaskans are ready to enjoy it all. Dog mushing has been part of Alaska as long as people have been in Alaska. In March the sport has its best-known event the Iditarod, along with Anchorage’s Fur Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Race. On this show, we vi…
 
Alli Harvey finishing the 2021 Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks, photo courtesy of Alli Harvey.Alli Harvey, photo courtesy of Alli Harvey.“Hiking Anchorage” currently on display at Stephan Fine Arts Gallery, photo courtesy of AlliHarvey. Our guest for this show is Alli Harvey, outdoor columnist for the Anchorage Daily News. Alli grew up on the East Co…
 
Team doctor for the 1971 International Everest Expedition. Peter Steel in his home in Whitehorse, from early 2022. Photo: Adam Verrier. Peter Steele in Bhutan, with his family, in the 1960’s. With his wife Sarah, and children Adam and Judith. On this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll go to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to visit with doctor, mountaineer, and a…
 
John Morton The Winter Olympics begin this week in Beijing, China. To mark the occasion, this week’s guest on Outdoor Explorer will be biathlete, author, and former Alaskan John Morton, who’s participated in ten Olympics: two as an athlete, five more as a coach and team leader, one as Chief of Course for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 and, fin…
 
Seth Kantner’s new book A Thousand Trails Home: Living With Caribou details his life where caribou, hunting, and subsistence are the center of everything. Seth joins host Paul Twardock to discuss his life growing up on the Kobuk River with his parents and brother in a sod house. Living miles from the nearest village and learning to live with what t…
 
Service High School cross country running team in 1972. Tom Corbin in 1969. Tom Corbin today. Tom Corbin’s hand-drawn map of the Hillside Ski Trails from the 1970’s. The Anchorage Hillside Ski Trail System is 50 years old this year. The first five-kilometer ski loop was cut by Service High School families and coaches in 1971. Over time, the trail s…
 
Daniel Lieberman at home with his dog, Echo, photo courtesy Daniel Lieberman. Exercised book jacket, photo courtesy Daniel Lieberman. If you have read the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougal, you are familiar with the name Daniel Lieberman. Along with his colleague, Dennis Bramble, his research has been used to support the thesis that human …
 
A tree seen at the Solstice Tree Tour at Kincais park. Photo by Paull Twardock. An illuminited van at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Photo by Paul Twardock. A tree lit up at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Photo by Paul Twardock. Illuminated ice candles at the Alaska Botanical Garden. Photo by Paul Twardock. The Solstice Tree Tour map from the NSAA. As …
 
Mask by Joe Senungetuk Mask by Joe Senungetuk James Tempte Joe and Martha Senungetuk Artwork by Joe Senungetuk Alaska Natives have been creating art influenced by nature and culture for thousands of years. The clothing, tools, kayaks, weapons, baskets, and other items of everyday life and ceremony were, and are, functional and artistic. During the …
 
Aaron Ramirez and Lisa Keller at the Lavaman Triathlon, photo courtesy Lisa Keller. Alisa Carroll, photo courtesy Alisa Carroll. Dr. Kim Harmon, photo courtesy Kim Harmon. At the beginning of this summer, our host Lisa had several trips planned to support her friend Aaron Ramirez at Ironman races. It looked to be a fun summer and fall, back to our …
 
Luc Mehl. Photo with permission from the owner. Luc Mehl. Photo with permission from the owner. Luc Mehl packrafting the Matanuska River. Luc Mehl backcountry skating in Katmai. Photo courtesy Luc Mehl. Trip planning and risk analysis are keys to safe and successful outings, whether it is a day hike or an extended trip far from medical help. Alaska…
 
Kikkan and Breck riding to school, photo courtesy Kikkan Randall. Former NSAA Junior Nordic skier Kikkan Randall, photo courtesy Kikkan Randall. NSAA Executive Director Kikkan Randall, photo courtesy Kikkan Randall. Our guest for this episode of Outdoor Explorer is Kikkan Randall, one of Alaska’s most popular and well-known athletes. In the 2018 Wi…
 
Crow Pass Trail, photo courtesy Max Romey Debris found on the beach, photo courtesy Max Romey Max Romey sketching Raven Glacier at Crow Pass, photo courtesy Max Romey. Our guest this week is Max Romey. Max is a watercolor artist and filmmaker from Anchorage. He has joined us before to tell us about his creative style of using watercolors in his fil…
 
Much of Alaska’s landmass is covered in water. During the winter when those lakes and rivers freeze solid, and if the snow isn’t deeper than an inch or so, all that frozen water makes for great ice skating! Around the world, people have been ice skating for a very long time. But recent advances in skate and binding technology, including the popular…
 
Economic impact of outdoor activities, image courtesy Alaska Outdoor Alliance. Lee Hart, Executive Director of Alaska Outdoor Alliance, photo courtesy Alaska Outdoor Alliance. The guest for this show is Lee Hart, Executive Director of Alaska Outdoor Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to build the best outdoor economy in the world. The outdoor econ…
 
Aaron Leggett, President of the Native Village of Eklutna, photo courtesy Aaron Leggett. This show is a follow-up to a show that aired in February of 2021 about Chugach State Park. We found a few paragraphs in the 2016 Management Plan about the First People to arrive in the Anchorage area intriguing. We will learn more about the seafaring First Peo…
 
Heather Caldwell Sarah Histand On this show, our guests are Sarah Histand and Heather Caldwell. Sarah is a mental health professional as well as a fitness trainer and we talk about easing the transition of both your brain and your body from summer into winter. We cover some important areas of strength and fitness to focus on as you think about wint…
 
Mike Branham On this show, our guest is Mike Branham. Mike is a financial planner with a passion for the outdoors. We talk about how you can fund your outdoor adventures and save for your future, why it’s important to find a balance between these things, as well as some ideas for maximizing your dollars when it comes to the gear and gadgets you nee…
 
Tony Perelli and Becky King with morels_Photo: Tony Perelli Mushrooms Raina picking blueberries. Understory. Highbush cranberries. Late summer and fall are the time for picking blueberries, hunting for mushrooms, and getting ready for winter. Gathering edible berries and plants has many benefits besides their great taste. Jackie Qataliña, Tony Pere…
 
Lee Bolling’s book “Welcome to Earth Fellow Human”. Lee Bolling. Lee Bolling riding in Anchorage. The Anchorage Bowl is known for its trail networks, and many residents and visitors think our various trail systems are one of the city’s best features. During this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking about one element of the city’s trail system: The so…
 
St Elias the trench, photoby John Bauman. Russell base camp, photo by John Bauman. Mt Deborah basecamp igloo, photo by John Bauman. Bauman Kayaking 1 Paddlng the Katmai Coast 1992, photo by Paul Twardock. Bauman Kayaking BaumanKayaking2 Alaska has thousands of world-class outdoor men and women. Most have gone about their business without fanfare or…
 
This episode of Outdoor Explorer first aired on May 14, 2020. In the fall of 2020, it was submitted to the Alaska Professional Communicators 2020 – 2021 Communications Contest where it won first place in the category of “Special Programming – Radio.” First-place state winners are automatically submitted to the National Federation of Press Women’s C…
 
The Stan-Kamps on the last leg of their journey in Utah, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. Leif and Tui Stanbury with Nukka at Capitol Reef National Park, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. Tui and Leif Stanbury at Landscape Arch in Arches National Park, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. Leif and Neal Stanbury at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, photo cou…
 
Most accidents occur for similar reasons: not being prepared, poor equipment, being in a rush, and lack of skill. Some accidents, however, are unpredictable. Learning from others is a great way to avoid the perils of being outdoors. Whether it is talking to friends, watching documentaries, or reading one can learn how to be ready for a particular a…
 
Tim Gravel Gina Shively On this show, we are talking about enjoying coffee in the outdoors. First, you’ll hear from Tim Gravel who is the co-owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee about his favorite backcountry coffee brewing method as well as some other ideas for making coffee on your next camping trip. Then you’ll hear from Gina Shively who is a pilot a…
 
A tool at work. Photo from MatSu Trail Parks Foundation. A trail near Kachemak Bay Alaska Trails Volunteers Trails at Kincaid Park, photo by Paul Twardock. A trail crew near Kachemak Bay. A trail crew near Kachemak Bay Trails are one of the primary infrastructures in the outdoors. They lead us to destinations or are and end unto themselves. Trails …
 
The Stan-Kamps at Horseshoe Bend in the Grand Canyon, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. The Stan-Kamps at the Nevada-Arizona State Border, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. The Stan-Kamps at the Southernmost Point on the Continental USA, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp Tui, Leif and Neal Stanbury sledding at White Sands National Monument, photo courtesy JodiH…
 
The Stan-Kamps at Half Dome in Yosemite, photo courtesy of Jodi Harskamp. Tui and Leif Stanbury looking out over Yosemite, photo courtesy of Jodi Harskamp. The retrofitted truck before the accident, photo courtesy of Jodi Harskamp. The truck after the accident, photo courtesy of Jodi Harskamp. Tui Stanbury with a giant pinecone, photo courtesy of J…
 
Sepp Weber, photo by Paul Twardock. Sepp Weber has climbed, kayaked, and skied for at least 80 years, and is still at it! Sepp’s first experience in the American Arctic was kayaking across Canada and down the Yukon. Shortly afterward he took a job coaching skiing at Arctic Valley. In his long and active life, he did the first ski ascent of Denali a…
 
Neal Stanbury, Tui Stanbury, Leif Stanbury and Jodi Harskamp at Crater Lake, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. The retrofitted truck, photo courtesy of Jodi Harskamp The truck’s pantry, photo courtesy of Jodi Harskamp Sticker designed by Tui Stanbury to commemorate the family’s travels, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp When Alaska Airlines Captain Jodi Har…
 
For the past year, the Coronavirus Pandemic has been canceling sporting events all around the world. But the organizers of North America’s biggest ski marathon, the American Birkebeiner, were determined to find a way to hold the race anyway, and they were resolved to do it safely. The American Birkebeiner Ski Race takes place every February in nort…
 
Hank Lentfer, Griselda Landa-Posas, and Richard Nelson at Lake Minichumina, photo by Davyd Betchkal. Richard K. Nelson and the cover of Raven’s Witness The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson, courtesy of Hank Lentfer. On the next Outdoor Explorer, our guest is Hank Lentfer. His book “Raven’s Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson,” won the 202…
 
Emotional intelligence contributes to healthy relationships and successful adventures. Personal traits such as knowing your strengths and weaknesses, self-control, empathy, and social skills help individuals and groups make better decisions and work well together. Outdoor literature and lore are full of epic stories and tragedies caused by poor dec…
 
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