Swimming Alaska

In Alaska, the idea of a trail expands beyond feet on the ground. Rivers and lakes are part of our trail systems and we often use watercraft to travel. Canoe routes with portages such as the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail System are well-established recreational goals for outdoor adventurers in Alaska. This past summer, three friends found a new way to travel a water trail. Sheryl Mohwinkel, Melinda Greig and Jenny Kimball swam the 8-mile Lynx Lake Loop of the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail System. And they are not stopping there; future swim adventures in Alaska include swimming the Swan Lake Canoe Route, which in its entirety is 60 miles.

HOST: Lisa Keller


Segment 1: Sheryl Mohwinkel, Melinda Greig, and Jenny Kimball, open water long-distance swimmers


BROADCAST: Thursday, October 8th, 2020. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, October 8th, 2020. 8:00 – 9:00 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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