Historic Alaska Expeditions

This week we revisit a conversation from 2014 that we really enjoyed. Alaska’s outdoors people may think they’re tough, but how about paddling 40 days in a dugout canoe in the rains of Southeast Alaska in October and November, dressed in wool, without modern gear? That’s what John Muir did, and his writings about the experience changed science and started the Alaska tourism industry. On the next Outdoor Explorer, join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to talk about Muir’s historic expedition and others. What these guys did will amaze you.


A painting of the Muir Glacier by Thomas Hill, owned by Mr. Muir. Accessed June 25 via the Sierra Club Vault.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Kim Heacox, author
  • Talis Colberg, historian
“Travels in Alaska” by John Muir

BROADCAST: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, January 21, 2014, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKDT

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