Episode 81 – Alaskan March Madness

What makes an expert, and the insanity of the Region V Basketball Tournament. I talk about some of the more notable aspects of athletic travel in southeast Alaska – circling rural airports, malfunctioning runway lights, 2-week trips, diverted flights to Seattle and game socks after six road games. The last time Regions were in Sitka,…

Episode 80 – Noise, politics, happiness and manipulation

In the last two years I have paid much more attention to what it means to “love the outdoors” and the debates surrounding how that should best be done. In this episode I talk about social pressure for the government to regulate rather than preserve freedom,  the freedom to define happiness, and the freedom to…

Column: New to me

When I was a kid, there were spots on the Klawock River I thought were secret. Where no one else went because they didn’t know about it. Sure, the trail that had been made by boots other than ours, but those are the wrong details to be concerned with. There was no asphalt turn out…

Column: Why “I was gunna,” sucks

You know what “I was gunna” means? You didn’t. Failing is one thing, but you wanted something and didn’t bother to show up. I started to hate the phrase, “he means well” after I heard someone say it about me. I hated it because what that really means is that I didn’t come through. I…

Episode 79 – Making the most of your voice

In this episode I talk with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers board member Steve Shannon about the importance of making the most out of your voice since most politicians don’t read your Facebook feed to find out about important issues. We also talk about drawing tags, sharing information, and how best to represent our lifestyle as…

Episode 78 – The future of fish

Inspired by Mark Kurlansky’s, Cod, I wonder what the future holds for our fishing stocks. The book is about the history of cod and how the destructive efficiency of the commercial fishing industry (trawlers) has devastated populations. I talk about king salmon in California, salmon in southeast Alaska, and amplifying your voice beyond Facebook posts by…

Column: The struggles of a gear head

An hour after I looked around my living room and declared that I had pretty much anything I could need for the outdoors, I was back on Amazon. You know how it goes, you get to a place in your gear ownership that feels just right, but the porridge eventually cools. This is when perceived…

Episode 77 – Winners and whiners

Going sports for this one since the local high school is playing the rival Friday and Saturday, much of earth is cheering against the Patriots on Sunday, someone beat the UConn women and why I detest the full-send isolation of James Harden.

Column: The problem with the plateau

By Jeff Lund @alaskalund The problem with the plateau or streak of bad luck or poor results isn’t just the outcome, but that we can wrongly conclude that we aren’t worthy, or good enough. It can be a huge hit to the self-esteem when we can’t make the lift, do the trick, get the job…

Episode 76 – Steelhead, spring bear and fitness

Last week of January coming up, I can almost smell the spring black bear… but hold on, patience is necessary. The last two years southeast Alaska has had crazy snow storms in March and even into April, so as excited as I am for spring steelhead and spring bear, I have to resist the temptation…