Aug 26, 2020
The Refuge | Extra 1 | Final Showdown Over the Refuge?
26 min

Last week, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge made headlines all over the world: the Trump administration finalized plans to open up this piece of remote, Alaskan wilderness to oil and gas development. 

But what does this latest move in the decades-long battle over the future of ANWR really mean?

To find out, and to understand what might be next in this saga, we sat down with Heather Richards, who covers drilling on federal lands for E&E News, a journalism outlet focused on energy and the environment. 

Listen to our Peabody Award-winning series The Refuge for an in-depth look into the tangle of politics, economic aspirations, traditional culture, and environmental activism that have shaped this controversy for decades. 

Learn more about Threshold on our website. Our reporting is made possible by listeners like you. Become part of our passionate network of supporters here

This series was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center

She Explores
She Explores
Ravel Media
Where is All the Plus-Size Snow Gear? Part 1
For people who wear plus-size apparel, it’s often downright impossible to find the gear necessary to get out and stay warm, safe, and dry on the mountain. That’s what this two-part series is about. In part one, we talk with Marielle Elizabeth. Marielle is a photographer, model, fat advocate, and the writer of a viral essay in The Cut titled “Apparently, I’m Too Fat to Ski.” Marielle speaks first hand about the need for plus size winter apparel, as well as the changes she’d like to see across the outdoor industry. In part 2, we hear from Mon Balon, the founder of Plus Snow - an online retail shop that sells plus size snow gear to fulfill the need that Marielle speaks of. Part 2 is available now in your feed. Featured in this episode: Marielle Elizabeth _Hosted & Produced by __Gale Straub_ _A production of __Ravel Media_ _Sponsored by __Danner__ & _ _IKON Pass_ Join the She Explores Podcast community on Facebook Visit & Follow Us on Instagram Resources * Featured in this episode: Marielle Elizabeth * Website * Instagram: @marielle.elizabeth * Marielle's Essay in The Cut: "Apparently, I'm Too Fat to Ski." * Unlikely HIkers * Plus Snow * Ravel Media Sponsors and Discount Codes * IKON Pass: Learn more about 20/21 winter season at * Danner: Learn more about the Danner Trail 2650's. Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. Music is by James Childs and Kazi Jay via MusicBed
37 min
Dear Bob and Sue: A National Parks Podcast
Dear Bob and Sue: A National Parks Podcast
Matt and Karen Smith
21 One Man’s Wilderness: Lake Clark National Park
No state in the Union has more public space than Alaska; nearly 90% of the land is owned by the state or federal government, and amongst the vast, untamed lands are eight national parks. Lake Clark National Park, about 120 miles southwest of Anchorage, is one of the most remote. It’s also where one man spent three-plus decades living as one with the wilderness in a small log cabin he built himself on the shore of a magnificent mountain lake. In this episode we talk about our experience in the park and visiting Dick Proenneke’s cabin; the man who documented his wilderness experience and became an advocate for preserving Alaska’s pristine natural places. Some of the topics we discuss in this episode: Where Lake Clark National Park is located How to get to the park Where we stayed when we visited the park How we got to Twin Lakes, the site of Dick’s cabin What it was like to see the cabin in its restored condition Meeting the volunteer rangers who now care for Dick’s cabin Links to more information: One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey book on Amazon Alone in the Wilderness video on Amazon Click here to see photos from our visit to Lake Clark NP and Dick’s cabin NPS site about Dick Proenneke One Man’s Alaska documentary No Place Like Twin Lakes video Sign hanging in Dick’s cabin Where to learn more about our books and travels Join the conversation on Facebook - we want to hear from you! Check out our Instagram account Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1 hr 11 min
Backpacker Radio
Backpacker Radio
The Trek
#87 | Paul Barach on Japan's Shikoku Pilgrimage + Murphy's Law
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Paul Barach. Paul is an avid adventurer, but today, we focus in on his trek along Japan's Shikoku Pilgrimage, a 750-mile route that visits nearly 90 temples. This was Paul's first backpacking trip, as evidenced by everything that went wrong, including suffering from heat exhaustion, dehydration, being charged by a wild boar, breaking a piece of an ancient temple, getting a leg infection, and more. Not only do we get a good taste for the history of this island and pilgrimage, but Paul's stories are some truly hall of fame material. We do the triple crown of states, learn about the crap strap, and are blessed with a fan poop story. Minus33 discount code (listen to episode to get the code): 15% off your first purchase at Gossamer Gear discount code: Use code: POOPSTORY for 15% off your purchase at True Thru-Hiker Shirt & Mug Interview with Paul Barach * Author of Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains: Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage * Instagram: @barachoutdoors 00:04:28 - QOTD: How are you prepping for winter? 00:07:15 - If you’re hiking next year, apply to vlog, blog, or be an ambassador! 00:07:41 - Paul Barach intro 00:09:30 - How did you get into backpacking originally? 00:09:55 - What kind of ninjas were you obsessed with, specifically? 00:12:36 - After realizing your job sucked, how long did it take to get on trail? 00:13:47 - How did not prepping affect your pilgrimage? 00:15:04 - Can you tell us what the Shikoku pilgrimage entails? 00:16:49 - Can you tell us more about the history of the trail? 00:18:42 - Is there a guidebook for the trail (including the spiritual side)? 00:20:28 - How much traffic is there on this pilgrimage? 00:21:21 - Were you drawn by the religious aspect of the pilgrimage? 00:23:10 - Do you not need a backpack? 00:23:45 - Did you feel more spiritually enlightened from the experience? 00:24:40 - When did you start? 00:24:45 - What is the hiking season in Japan? 00:25:18 - What kind of temperatures were you dealing with? 00:26:00 - Did you have any issues with your sodium balance? 00:26:51 - What is the camping situation like? 00:28:21 - Are people in towns excited to see pilgrims? 00:29:38 - Did you learn Japanese while on the hike? 00:31:05 - How did you handle the logistics? 00:34:06 - Were you doing something wrong? Why couldn’t you find food? 00:34:52 - Do you hitch to town or walk through them? 00:35:21 - How is dried squid? 00:36:06 - How did you get charged by a boar? 00:38:00 - Were you second-guessing what you were doing? 00:43:20 - What is the story of you falling at an ancient temple and breaking a piece of it? 00:46:47 - What was wrong with your leg? How did you know it was infected? 00:49:16 - Can you tell us about the karate fight with a priest? 00:52:34 - What does kumite mean? 00:56:00 - How do you know what martial arts you’ll want to do? 00:57:30 - What’s the worst injury you’ve sustained from martial arts? 00:58:22 - Is kyokushin represented in the UFC at all? 01:00:15 - Do you break boards? 01:04:10 - Is there anything else about the pilgrimage you want to talk about? 01:09:38 - Can you make an adaptation of the oaths for U.S. thru-hiking? SEGMENTS Trek Propaganda * The Uncomfortable Truth about Thru-Hiking and Weight Loss by Katie Kommer * Five Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female by Kaylin * Mountain Lions and Thru-Hiking: Your Questions Answered by Kelly Floro Triple Crown of States Point / Counterpoint: Beer vs. Liquor Patent Pending: Strap & Crap Mail Bag 5 Star Review Comment ______ to win a sticker (there are bonus points)! [divider] Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. Support us on Patreon to get bonus content. A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Jason Lawrence, Austen McDaniel, Andrew, Christopher Marshburn, S11N, and Sawyer Products A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Cynthia Voth, Brandon Spilker, Emily Brown, Jeffrey Miller, Mitchell, Zoe Jenkins, Dcnerdlet, Jeff LaFranier, Mark Snook, Peter Ellenberg, Thomas Fullmer, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven Follow The Trek, Chaunce, Badger, and Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube.
1 hr 40 min
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