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Welcome to The Sport and Recreation Podcast, a brand-new podcast where we'll be delving into the important issues impacting the sports sector, asking the challenging questions and drawing on experts from across the sector to help drive best practice. In early episodes we'll be chewing over the implications of Brexit, exploring how we can encourage more of our youngsters to get active and also discussing how we can collectively demonstrate the economic and social value of sport ahead of the g ...
 
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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…
 
Les Stroud, photo courtesy Les Stroud. Les Stroud, photo courtesy Les Stroud. 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 upcomin…
 
Two-time olympian Sadie Maubet-Bjornsen. Photo: Sadie Maubet-Bjornsen. JC Schoonmaker. Photo courtesy of JC Schoonmaker. Sadie Maubet-Bjornsen and Marine Dusser Bjornsen out skiing together. On this week’s Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking with two of the Alaska elite ski racers about how their racing schedules have changed and about new opportuni…
 
HIlltop ski area. Alyeska Ski Resort. Photo by Paul Twardock. Artic Valley ski area. Skeetawk Ski Area, in Hatcher’s Pass. Moose Mountain near Fiarbanks. Eaglecrest Ski Area. Photo by Chris Miller. “Ski Well, Be Well” is this year’s motto of the Alpine ski industry. Ski areas are opening this month with lots of uncertainty surrounding COVID. After …
 
Sonja Wieck. (Sonja Wieck) Ironman athlete turned adventure racer Sonja Wieck recently competed in the World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji. Wieck talks with host Martha Rosenstein about what it was like to compete with a team of Ironman athletes, how a mental health crisis turned her into an adventure racer, and her shift in mindset from raci…
 
Pioneer Peak and the city of Palmer. Photo: Paul Twardock Ice skating on Westchester Lagoon. Photo: Paul Twardock Skiing on the Gasline Trail in Chugach State Park. Photo: Paul Twardock Turnagain Pass. Photo: Paul Twardock Virgin Creek Falls, in Girdwood. Photo: Paul Twardock Winter has arrived in Alaska and it’s time to get prepared for outdoor re…
 
On this week’s show our guest is Sarah Histand. Sarah is a fitness trainer who places a huge emphasis on mental health. Our conversation covers a variety of topics including overcoming barriers to getting started with outdoor adventuring, remembering what it’s like to be a beginner again, and how to build functional strength at home in anticipation…
 
A view of Baja, CA. Photo from Don and Donna Ford. Don and Donna Ford camping on the Yukon River. Photo from Don Donna Ford. A foggy view of the Yukon River. Photo from Don Donna Ford. A view from a Kayak of the Inside Passage. Photo from Don Donna Ford. Don and Donna Ford. What do outdoor professionals do when they retire from a life in the outdoo…
 
A selfie John Schandelmeier sent his wife, Zoya DeNure, from the Iditarod trail. (Courtesy Zoya DeNure). A moose. Photo courtesy of Paul Twardock. Caribou, from Bob Stevens, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunting is a part of Alaska life. Whatever you think of the activity, if you live in Alaska you probably know someone who hunts, or yourself are…
 
Carol Seppilu running outside of Nome, photo courtesy Carol Seppilu Kilgaaqu Run Series, Nome-Teller Highway, Leg 1, photo courtesy Carol Seppilu Kilgaaqu Run Series, Nome-Taylor Highway, Leg 2, photo courtesy Carol Seppilu Kilgaaqu Run Series, Nome-Council Highway, Leg 3, photo courtesy of Carol Seppilu When Carol Seppilu was 16 years old, she att…
 
Freya Hoffmeister What’s it like to sea kayak around both South and North America? Freya Hoffmeister is a German paddler who is finding out. Freya started paddling after giving birth to her son and has seemingly lived by her slogan “Never Stop Starting, Never Start Stopping” ever since. She has kayaked around Australia, solo; around South America, …
 
Hailey Williams, girls winner of the Pride of Alaska Award, photo courtesy of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is in its 14th year, honoring Alaska’s sports community. This year’s annual award ceremony was slated to be held in April, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a cancellation. Sports Hall of Fame executive director…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). The Brexit is back! The Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21) joins us one final time to look back at the General Election and how we will be helping the sector to move forward with the new Conservative government. We …
 
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