Epic Alaskans: Dave Johnston, climber, ranger, and father

Dave Johnston has had many firsts: the first winter ascent of Denali, the first winter ascent of Mt Foraker, and the first Denali State Park Ranger being just three.  He also has climbed or visited the 50 highest peaks in the U.S. with his family, and in the winter. He and his wife Cari Sayre and son Galen lived off the grid near Talkeetna and were a big part of many of Dave’s adventures, including summitting Denali when Galen was 11!  Dave, Cari, and Galen join us on this episode of Outdoor Explorer to share some of their stories. 

HOST: Paul Twardock


  • Dave Johnston, Cari Sayre, and Galen Johnston


Denali Climbing History

Project Jutebox: Dave Johnson Bio and Interview

Book: Minus 148

Alaska Hall of Fame account

Adventure Journal

State Park History

BROADCAST: Thursday, May 12th, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, May 12th, 2022. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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