Episode 86 – Commercial fishing and mentoring

Derek Meister has been punching his Alaska card since he moved to Ketchikan 7 years ago. In addition to all the typical camping, hiking, kayaking locals do, he has worked on commercial fishing boats. He is the school psychologist at Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, so we talk the benefits of a community like Ketchikan…

Column: Now we’re even

It was probably the angriest my buddy Rob and I have ever been at each other. It was the summer of 2015 and he was most of his way through a limit of silvers on the Thorne River. He glided one near the shore. I grabbed the club and swung. Water splashed. The fish swam…

Episode 85 – Science, facts, hunting and earning local status

For the past few months I’ve been listening to the Right to Roam Podcast by four guys from Wyoming. It’s not your typical hunting podcast as these guys have biology backgrounds so there’s science and facts, not just anecdote, when they get into things. We talk about being good guests, hunting ethics, social norms, earning…

Column: Earth – the original gym

So there I was, inches away from executing a one rep groin snap that would render me worthless and on the side of what would be classified as a green circle slope, or whatever the most innocuous run at a ski resort would be. Thing was, I was in the backcountry of Colorado’s Never Summer mountain…

Episode 84 – Routines and senior quote lifestyles

You know when people like quotes because it represents a lifestyle they wish they led, and then you think, ‘Wait a minute…is that me?’ and you immediately head to the woods or river? In this episode I talk about distraction vs. happiness, getting a specific adventure spot dialed in vs. seeing new territory, pondering the…

Column: There’s no place like home

Every once in a while, I count the months and discover it’s been months since I went into the world. Went Outside. Flew to the Lower 48. Whatever you want to call it. It’s Thursday night, a week before this will be printed, and I’m preparing myself. The plan is a few days in Laramie,…

Episode 83 – Backcountry skiing in Wyoming

I hadn’t been on skis since I was a freshman in high school, but my first backcountry touring adventure in Wyomings Medicine Bow National Forest was a success. I learned that it’s nothing like anything I’ve done before, that I’m pretty bad at it, but I got better and really had a good time. I…

Episode 82 – Acceptable Contradictions

There’s nothing wrong with asking yourself questions…think about why someone might hate hunting, why fly fishing is cruel or why the Alaska Marine Highway is just a luxury. When you digest those points of view you come out with a better understanding of what you believe, you change your world view,  or end up really…

Column: The happy life of an average Alaskan

There’s a difference between accepting your fate and giving up. I’ve come to the realization that my particular place in the outdoor world isn’t going to be the expert of anything except maybe that “get back on the horse” metaphor. I can do things well enough to be successful and have fun, but there will…