Monthly Archives: June 2007

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In this edition of DSO, the adventure podcast for outdoor enthusiasts we’re going to meet a man who combines his love of art with his passion for the outdoors.  Cory Trepanier is a painter who throughout his career has expressed his artistic vision by painting some aspect of the outdoors.  Often he brings his whole family with him on these excursions into the wilderness.  His latest project is a three year expedition into the Canadian north.  It’s called ‘Into the Arctic:  An Artists Journey to the North’.  He’s also produced a television documentary about his family adventure that includes spectacular scenery, frightening storms and encounters with grizzly bears.  Cory Trepanier is our feature interview today on
Doing Stuff Outdoors.

Lorne Blagdon returns with another edition of Trail Magic, his ongoing series about life hiking the Appalachian Trail.  This week he talks about how bad thru-hikers smell after days and weeks on the trail.  He comments on the pain of blisters and how some stores along the trail try to gouge hikers.  But when the going gets tough is when the real trail magic happens.

Next week we have a special tenth anniversary show on DSO.  For program number ten we’re going whitewater kayaking in the world famous Reversing Falls in Saint John, New Brunswick.  It’s the second annual Reverse Freestyle Kayak and BoaterX competition bringing together the best freestyle kayakers  from the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Maine.  We’ll take in the action and meet some of the paddlers.  Be sure to join us on the next edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors.


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Today on Doing Stuff Outdoors, the adventure podcast for outdoor enthusiasts, we meet a man who’s experienced adventure close up. Ray Zahab is a Canadian adventure racer, ultra-marathoner, rock climber, coach and motivational speaker. In 2006 Ray along with two others embarked on an epic 111 day, 7000 km run across the Sahara Desert. It’s an amazing story and Ray Zahab will share it with us on this podcast.

On All Things Outdoors we’ll tell you about a new highway being built to the base camp of Mount Everest, we’ll talk a little about hiking sandals and we’ll tell you about the ‘Patch’, a special place in the mountains where snow lingers late into the summer.

We also have interesting correspondence from listeners in Australia and the UK. If you want to contact DSO with your comments, story suggestions or just to say hi, you can reach us at

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On this weeks show we’ll take you for a kayak paddle on the mighty St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada. For part of its run this river forms the border between Maine and New Brunswick before it empties into the Bay of Fundy, home of the highest tides in the world. Gary introduces us to his home-made sea kayak and his favorite river.

Also this week running guru Alex Coffin is back with some advice for people who want to make the switch from walking to running. He’ll have some tips on how to make the transition without injury.

On ‘All Things Outdoors’, the new name of our news package we’ll look at one possible impact of global warming.

And we’ll share an email with a listener from Australia who’s getting ready for the ski season down under.

Featured Podsafe Music this week is from Brian Turner.

Next time on Doing Stuff Outdoors we will have a feature interview with a man who ran across the Sahara Desert.


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In this weeks show we go to Scotland for a feature interview with Cameron McNeish. He’s a wilderness hiker, backpacker, author and broadcaster. With 16 books to his credit and appearances on many outdoor radio and television programs for the BBC, Cameron is one of the UK’s best known mountain walkers and commentators. In this edition of ‘Doing Stuff Outdoors’ Cameron talks about his life in the Scottish Highlands, his love of wild places, his work as an environmentalist, his many adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and his joy of being able to walk in the footsteps of his role model, John Muir. Check out his website and podcast at The Wilderness World of Cameron McNeish.

Also on the program Lorne Blagdon shares some more Trail Magic with us. This time he takes us to Springer Mountain in Georgia for the start of his through-hike on the Appalachian Trail. He’ll tell us how to survive encounters with poison ivy, heavy rain and big bears.

Also outdoor news about the sale of two major ski areas in Maine, Sunday River and Sugarloaf USA. And we’ll tell you how you can be a part of the show. We want to hear your stories of adventure in the great outdoors. Tell us about that mountain you climbed, that beautiful trail you hiked, your last kayak trip or the crazy thing that happened to you when you went for a walk in the park. Just email us and tell us how to get in touch with you and we’ll give you a call. We want you to be on ‘Doing Stuff Outdoors’. It’s your show about your outdoor adventures.

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And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Odeo, Podcast Alley or other podcast directories.

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We’re trying to get the show out a little earlier each week so it’s available by the weekend; since many of the topics we cover on Doing Stuff Outdoors are activities many people do on weekends.

So on this edition… a feature interview with Lou Dawson. He is a writer and photographer who specializes in writing about backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, and is well known as the first man to ski down all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. Lou is the author of Dawson’s Guides to Colorado’s Fourteener’s, several other books, and numerous magazine articles. In 2005 Lou was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. Lou Dawson’s popular website and blog is called In the interview Lou tells Gary about his early morning backcountry ski trips into the mountains and his life as a ‘total outdoorsman’.

Alex Coffin is back with another running tip. He has some suggestions for those fair weather runners who hibernate all winter and then grab the sneakers come spring.

In outdoor news we have the story of a hero on Mount Everest and good early season snowfalls in Australia.

Our music this week includes two good podsafe tunes from Citizen Six and Brain Bucket.

Next time on Doing Stuff Outdoors we’ll visit the Wilderness World of Cameron McNeish. We’ll have a feature interview with mountaineer, lecturer and author Cameron McNeish, long recognised as one of Britain’s best-known outdoor commentators.

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