Chilkoot Pass

Charles Wohlforth (left) and four friends set out to hike the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail on the next Outdoor Explorer.

This week’s Outdoor Explorer comes to you from the Chilkoot Trail, the infamous route used by Klondike gold rushers during the late 1800s. As you walk the trail, signs of that crazy gold rush period are evident, but even more impressive is how a century has erased much of the gold rush’s footprint. Host Charles Wohlforth and friends take on the 33-mile trail over five days of hiking.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Liz Blakely, National Park Service ranger
  • Christine Hedgecock, Parks Canada warden
  • Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, mountain runner and member of Alaska Legislature
  • Hikers Lois Epstein, Suzanne Maynard, John Bourgois and Neil McMahon

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BROADCAST: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

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