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Bruce Smith of Seascape Kayak Tours

Bruce Smith of Seascape Kayak Tours

On this show Gary shares a ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure he had while kayaking this fall in the Bay of Fundy. He and his son Brendan were paddling with Bruce Smith of Seascape Kayak Tours when an 8-foot shark bumped their kayak. With jaws wide open, it slid along the side of the kayak just inches away from the surprised paddlers. Listen to the story and the feature interview with Bruce Smith.

Eric Hendrickson of Presque Isle, Maine spent a week cycling solo around New Brunswick and Maine this fall. He shares Part-1 of his biking journal with us.

Gary talks about the alarming story of a young woman attacked and killed by coyotes in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Music on the show today from The Gremmies and The Zero Five. Send your comments, suggestions, outdoor adventures and tales of close encounters with sharks and coyotes to


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Elaine and Eric Hendrickson

Elaine and Eric Hendrickson

Eric and Elaine Hendrickson are active, outdoors people in their mid 50’s. They live in Presque Isle, Maine. They ski, hike, paddle, go geocaching, mess about in caves and much more. They love outdoor adventures and Gary met up with them part way through a cycling trip of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. We also have a comment about an unusual outdoor event in Tulsa, Oklahoma and music from Sean Fournier.

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Next time…. show 100.

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We go mountain climbing on this edition of DSO. Gary and a group of outdoor enthusiasts head to Baxter State Park to climb the highest mountain in Maine. Mount Katahdin stands at 5,267 feet and is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Katahdin is a popular hiking and backpacking destination and the centerpiece of the park. The most famous hike to the summit is called the Knife Edge, which traverses the ridge between Pamola Peak and Baxter Peak. Katahdin has claimed over 20 lives in the past 40 years mostly from exposure in bad weather and falls from the Knifes Edge.

Our climb to the summit takes place just before access to the mountain is restricted  in mid October. Already higher elevations have seen snow and ice and during the climb, patches of snow are still visible. The group chose one of the more challenging trails to the summit that was still open because of the high winds. That day we experienced sustained winds of 60 miles-per-hour with gusts to 80 mph. So come along on the climb with Gary and the other members of his party. He also stops and talks to other climbers they meet along the trail, including some thru-hikers completing a seven month Appalachian adventure at the summit.

Podsafe music this week from Lisa Redford of the UK. We’ll also hear updates on Gary’s fitness challenge to lose weight and news about putting a new kayak through its paces. Also an email about ‘Becoming an Outdoorswoman’. Contact the show at

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We’re going telemark skiing on this edition of DSO with the gang from New England Telemark. They travel around promoting telemark skiing, giving lessons and introducing people to the sport. They hold clinics and host telemark festivals. It must be working because tele is one of the fastest growing segments of the sport. Gary met up with one of the directors, Matt DiBenedetto at Sunday River in Maine.

Warren Isbister is an outdoor enthusiast from Edmonton, Alberta in western Canada. He and his wife recently went on a three day hike in Yoho National Park. He kept a trail journal of the trip and sent it along in audio form. We have part one of Warren’s journal.

In our ‘Where To Get Stuff’ segment Rex McInvale recommends the bike shop at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, North Carolina. And running guy Alex Coffin has a suggestion for runners who don’t like the winter. How about running in a swimming pool?

If you’d like to recommend an outdoor store or leave a comment about anything you hear on the show call the comments line at 206-600-4557 or email us at or leave a comment on our webpage. Be sure to check out the Doing Stuff Outdoors website for regular blog posts and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes .

Next week, part two of Warren’s trail journal and we’ll meet a young cyclist who rode 12,000 km, the length of Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town.

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Snow But No Play

img_0008.jpgThe snow is still blowing and swirling outside. The big system that dumped snow over much of eastern North America left us with about 25 cm and more is coming down. I stare out the window and watch the show but I know I can’t join in. It hurts. You see I’m home today trying to rid myself of this viral or bacterial infection that’s been plaguing me for over a month. About a week ago I finally saw a doctor and was told I had bronchitis verging on pneumonia. I’ve been taking an antibiotic that doesn’t seem to be working. So after spending yesterday hacking and coughing in the office, I decided to take the next couple of days off to see if I can kick this thing. Then it had to snow.

I was in Bangor, Maine over the weekend and did some browsing in a local ski shop. While I was there a man was being fitted for a brand new pair of ski boots. I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. The kid working in the shop said he was heading to Surgarloaf that night in anticipation of the coming snow. He was going to skip school the next day and play on the slopes. The man buying the boots said he was planning to take Tuesday off work and head to the mountain. I think of the turns through fresh powder they’re probably enjoying today as I sit and watch the snow falling outside. What I’d give for an hour or two with the backcountry skis in the woods behind the house. But I know I shouldn’t go. I’ll be patient. With an early snow like this I’m hoping there’ll be plenty of other opportunities to play outdoors this winter.

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On this edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors we go to the Sunday River ski area near Bethel, Maine for some early season sliding. Sunday River was the first area to open in the northeast with skiing on Halloween. They opened for the season a short time later. Gary and his skiing buddies wanted to get in some early turns so they traveled to Sunday River for the weekend. Gary speaks with Sunday River’s marketing guy who gives him an overview of the area while riding up the chairlift. Gary then talks to skiers and boarders who came for as far away as San Diego for some early season snow. Finally Gary and his buddies review the weekend on the drive home. If there was one theme that came up again and again it was the growing popularity of telemark skiing everywhere this year including at Sunday River. If you haven’t been able to get some skiing or boarding in yet this year you’ll enjoy this little teaser of what’s to come.

We’ll also tell you more about our ‘Where To Get Stuff’ segment that we’ve just launched. We’re asking you to tell us your favorite place to get outdoor gear. Where do you find good quality, good service and a good price? We’ll feature your picks on the podcast. Email your suggestions to Call the comments line at 206-600-4557. Or leave your comments on our webpage.

Also on the show podsafe music from living in a loop and an email about the Hood to Coast Relay.

Next week we begin ‘Where To Get Stuff’, audio notes from a trail journal and absurd travel adventures.

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Our feature interview today is with Rex McInvale of Canton, Georgia. He tells us about an outdoor experience he had in Wyoming. Here’s the way Rex described the trip….

Last August, five friends and I hiked a modest loop in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. (We were just south of where the fellow mapped the section for Backpacker.) We started from the Big Sandy trail head and hiked through the Cirque of the Towers over Jackass Pass and Texas Pass. For most hikers, the Cirque is a destination, or something you pass by. I found a few references to an unmarked trail over one of the high passes and decided our trip should cross the Continental Divide twice.

Living — and playing outside — in the North Georgia mountains, all of us were accustomed to hiking well used and established trails. A cross country route, with a known beginning, a known end, and lots of question marks in between was exciting to say the least. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to pack as much “wow” into our limited time as we could.

As the trip planner, I was the most familiar with the route. When we arrived in the Cirque for our first night’s camp, we were beaten down. Altitude and a very strenuous hike over extreme terrain and the largest boulder field I had seen to that point (It would be bested the following day.) had taken their collective toll on our weary band. I had hiked the last few miles with the least experienced of our group — an avid cyclist, but he was on probably his fourth hike ever. I showed him the snow covered pass on the far side of the Cirque that we would go over the following day. Later that night he went to pump water from Lonesome Lake, which we thought to be 200-400 yards away. It turned out to be closer to two miles away. As he and another of our group pumped water, a deer ambushed them and spooked them pretty badly. While they were recovering from the scare, he confessed that I had shown him where we were going the next day and said, “Dude, we might die.”. They made their way back in the dark as, in camp, the rest of us plotted the progress of the tiny flickers of their headlamps.

The day that followed was one undoubtedly the best day of hiking I have ever experienced. I am not a climber, but I love to hike up mountains if I can do it safely. After making our way around Lonesome Lake and stopping there for lunch, we started one serious climb from 10,100 feet to 11,500 feet. We started out in low brush and stunted trees. That gave way to grass and then to the most unbelievable boulder field I have ever seen. There were house and car sized boulders for at least 1,000 vertical feet up. We had to follow ducks (cairns) and frequently had to backtrack to the last duck to find the next. If you’ve ever looked for a stack of granite in a huge sea of granite, you can understand the challenge. Eventually, we reached several high meadows before the grass and wildflowers gave way to snow and finally Texas Pass on the Continental Divide. Standing on the Divide for the second time in as many days is awesome! Then the really scary part started…..

We now had to get back down to 10,700 feet and the valley floor on the other side of the pass. We had to lose almost as much vertical as we had just climbed, but in less than 1/4 of the distance. The north side of Texas Pass is essentially a scree field on about a 60 degree slope. A secure footing could almost not be found. We slid from switchback to switchback for most of the distance. Again, we had to find the ducks previous hikers had left and work out for ourselves the best way down. Doing this with a pack does not make for a confident hiker! When we finally reached the valley floor and Texas Lake, one of our group stripped to his underwear and leaped off a house sized boulder into the lake.

We camped at Billy’s Lake that night. The following morning we broke camp early and tried to beat the thunderstorms to our final camp at Dad’s Lake. Now facing west, looking out over Wyoming’s high desert for hundreds of miles, we could watch the weather roll in. Storms in the Cirque and the Washakie basin to our north sounded like military artillery. It was surreal. But, we made it to our camp and amazingly dodged the bullet on the weather. The rest of the trip was a relatively easy, slow descent back to Big Sandy.

We begin a new feature today called ‘Where To Do Stuff’. We’ll check in with Sunday River ski area in Maine, the first to open in the northeast for the season.

Podsafe music on the show from Bob Hughes and some of your comments including one from Claire Walter about Nordic Walking.

Be sure to check out the Doing Stuff Outdoors website for regular blog posts and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes . Call in your outdoor adventures and story ideas to the comments line at 206-600-4557 and email the show at

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