Cowboy Professionalism: a cultural study of big-mountain tourism in the Last Frontier

Glacier Bay, Alaska (Photo by Flickr user John 6536)

This week’s show is a deep dive into Alaska’s unique big-mountain tourism industry. Forest Wagner, assistant professor of outdoor studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, reflects on his 12 years of teaching in the backcountry and discusses his findings from interviewing big-mountain guides and their clients. This program was part of the UAS Evening at the Egan Lecture Series.

  • Forest Wagner: Assistant professor of outdoor studies at the University of Alaska Southeast

BROADCAST: Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

RECORDED: Friday, October 19th, 2018 at the Egan Library.


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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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