Revisiting being alone in the wilderness

Lonnie Dupre takes a self-portrait from inside a snow cave during his 2012 ascent attempt on Denali. Photo courtesy Lonnie Dupre.

Whereas having somebody else along is often safer and more fun, solo trips into the wilderness can sometimes be the most memorable. Whether by choice or necessity, these experiences offer a chance to get to know oneself better. In this episode we’ll  talk about what it’s like being truly alone in the great outdoors. This episode first aired in January of 2015.

Thanks for listening!


HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Segment 1: Lonnie Dupre, mountaineer, successfully summited Denali on Jan. 11 during his fourth winter, solo summit attempt back in 2015.
  • Segment 2: Masatoshi Kuriaki, “The Japanese Caribou,” Foraker winter solo 2007. Denali winter solo 1998. Walk from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay 1998.
  • Segment 3: Mike Kramer, Fairbanks adventurer.
  • Segment 4: Vicky Ho, is the ADN’s Deputy Editor and told a story about camping alone and thinking she was going off a cliff
  • Segment 5:  Michael Quine, “The American Walkabout” photographer/wanderer who did a yearlong tour of U.S. national parks




ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Thursday, January 15, 2015.

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, March 29th, 2018. 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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