Outdoor Explorer You're invited 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 backcountry or on the bike trails.
Outdoor Explorer

Outdoor Explorer

From Alaska Public Media

You're invited 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 backcountry or on the bike trails.

Most Recent Episodes

Tender Gravity: Marybeth Holleman

What draws us to the outdoors? Marybeth Holleman is an Alaskan writer who's new book of poetry, titled tender gravity, expresses many reasons. Marybeth is a long time Alaskan whose works include The Heart of the Sound and Among Wolves. Her collection of poems are accessible and cover everything from moss to comets and from her garden to the Brooks Range. In her interview with host Paul Twardock she discusses how loss, exploration, activism and day to day life intertwine with her poetry to create this deep and lovely collection.

The Story of Title IX Part 1

On the next Outdoor Explorer, the first part of a continuing series of stories about Title IX, the historic legislation passed 50 years ago that changed the landscape of women's sports. We'll learn about the start and evolution of Title IX and you'll hear from Chloe Ivanoff, who is bringing her love of wrestling to the girls of Alaska.

Outdoor Recreation Access in Anchorage Vol 2

HOST: Lisa Keller GUESTS: Chris Reynolds, treasurer of Friends of the Stewart Public Trail Kelly Becker, a long-time trail adjacent homeowner LINKS: Recreation Access in Anchorage Vol 1 "Judge rules that Anchorage's historic Stewart Trail is open to the public" - The Alaska Landmine Friends of Stewart Public Trail Facebook page "Road rage AK" - Craig Medred

Epic Alaskans: Tom Choate the Mountain Goat

HOST: Paul Twardock GUEST: Tom Choate LINKS: Tom Choate Biography BROADCAST: Thursday, December 1st, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT REPEAT BROADCAST: Thursday, December 1st, 2022. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

Planning for the outdoors: The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and What's ...

HOST: Paul Twardock GUESTS: Ricky Geese: Director, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Zachary Babb: Program Manager, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Alaska; NPS LINKS: Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Barneys Sports Chalet Hoarding Marmot Play It Again Sports REI Anchorage BROADCAST: Thursday, November 17th, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT REPEAT BROADCAST: Thursday, November 17th, 2022. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

Planning for the outdoors: The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and What's ...

Outdoor Recreation Access in Anchorage Vol 1

On this next Outdoor Explorer, our guests are Jeff Landfield and Paxson Woelber from The Alaska Landmine. The two journalists have reported extensively on disputed access to public lands in Anchorage. Our conversation focused on the history and battle for access to Chugach State Park from the Stewart Trail.

The Walking Monk in Alaska

On this Outdoor Explorer, we'll go for a walk with a man known as The Walking Monk, because he's walked across North America five separate times and he recently published a book about the people he's met along the way. Join host Adam Verrier on Outdoor Explorer to hear our discussion about the joys and pleasures of taking a good long walk.

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective

Anchorage's Off the Chain Bicycle Collective is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization aiming to increase bicycle ridership, awareness, and safety. Started as a UAA bike club Off the Chain is housed in a full, but well organized, workspace in Spenard. Open a few evenings a week the shop has all the tools and most parts to fix a bike and volunteers that teach you how to do it. Off the Chain also sells used bikes, and accepts bikes as donations, as a way to cover their costs. Low cost and fun, the organization also offers clinics and outreach all meant to make biking affordable and accessible. On this show host, Paul Twardock visits the shop, with his bike, and gets a tour of the facility, along with some bike repair advice!

Tidelines Institute of Alaska

ur guests for this show are Laura Marcus and Zach Brown, the founders and co-executive directors of the Tidelines Institute. On two campuses along Icy Strait in Southeast Alaska, Tidelines Institute offers a variety of programs from a six-month immersive gap year experience to short courses lasting one to three weeks to community workshops. They also host research scientists and a residency program for anyone seeking to advance knowledge, beauty, justice, health, or sustainability. A key piece of the Tidelines Institute experience is being outdoors working, harvesting, hiking, and paddling. Laura and Zach both have unique life paths that led them to collaborate on an environmental leadership and science education experience in one of the most remote and beautiful locations in the world. HOST: Lisa Keller GUESTS: Laura Marcus and Zach Brown, the founders and co-executive directors of the Tidelines Institute LINKS: Tidelines Institute Facebook page Tidelines Institute BROADCAST: Thursday, October 27th, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT REPEAT BROADCAST: Thursday, October 27th, 2022. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

On Track! in Anchorage with Alice Tower Knapp

On this Outdoor Explorer, we'll talk to Alice Tower Knapp, who grew up in Anchorage, skiing on the local ski trails and participating in events organized by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA). She eventually ended up in the Middlebury College Athletics Hall of Fame, and was named to the US Ski Team. She recently published a book about the NSAA, called "On Track!". The book focuses on the history of the organization, its role in the broader community, the advocacy and events organized by the group, and the individuals who have made the NSAA what it is today. Our conversation was recorded while out for a walk during a steady, cold rain at Russian Jack Springs Park one afternoon, soon before the arrival of the first snowfall of the winter.