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Extreme rock climber who thrives on risky behavior might have different brain than most of us

We ran across a fascinating article about a famous free solo (unroped) rock climber, Alex Honnold, and how his brain works. Dave chatted with the article's author, Canadian independent journalist J.B. MacKinnon, about why JB became interested in finding out about Alex's brain, and what he learned.

Fall on the Gunflint Trail by Bryan Hansel

Duluth News Tribune outdoors editor Sam Cook visits as fall sets in

We caught up recently with one of our favorite guests, Sam Cook, outdoors editor for the Duluth News Tribune. He and Dave talked grouse hunting, nuisance bears,  new regulations, and much more. You can read Sam's articles and columns here.


Our Shores Run: Three friends ran around Lake Superior this summer

Three friends from Northland College, Andy Butter, Evan Flom, and Allissa Stutte, set out to run all the way around Lake Superior this summer. The team joined Dave to talk about their trip's success, highs and lows along the way, and what they learned about the world and themselves. You can read more about their adventure here.

BWCAW campsite

Tofte District Ranger Kurt Steele talks safety & ethics in the woods

Just in time for the holiday weekend, we checked in with Kurt Steele, district ranger for the Tofte district of the U.S. Forest Service. He talked with Dick about safety, ethics, permits, and much more.

courtesy Theresa Thompson, Flickr

Ideas for staying safe in the woods

The beginning of summer seems like a great time to revisit safety in the woods. Tom Suter, wilderness trail director for the Border Route Trail Association, joined Ann Possis to discuss what gear to carry, various types of technologies available for location and communication, and more. You can learn more about the Border Route Trail here.


30th anniversary of the Superior Hiking Trail--celebration & reflection

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Superior Hiking Trail, a 310-mile footpath following the ridgeline above Lake Superior. Superior Hiking Trail Association Director Gayle Coyer chatted with Dick about creating and maintaining this local treasure. You can learn more about the Trail or get involved in the association here.


Our Shores Run: Three friends run around Lake Superior for the love of the lake

Three young friends, Andy Butter, Evan Flom, and Allissa Stutte, are running around Lake Superior this summer--that's about 1,300 miles. They started May 20 in Ashland, Wisc., and stopped by the WTIP studios when they arrived in Grand Marais June 3. They chatted with Dick and Dave about what they hope to accomplish, how it's going so far, and how a baby carriage makes it all work. You can learn more and follow their trip here.

"Let's Go Fishing!"

"Let's Go Fishing!" -- it's a keeper

Eric Dregni's latest book, "Let's Go Fishing! Fish Tales from the North Woods," is a celebration of the sport of fishing in the northland. Dave chatted with Eric recently about the book, which features dozens of photos and historical images, and many great stories. You can find it at bookstores everywhere. Eric will talk about and sign his book June 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Grand Marais Public Library.

courtesy Matt Nesheim

Four women canoeing from Seagull Lake to Hudson Bay--learn all about Journey 4 Renewal

Four women (Steph Branchaud, Chelsea Froemke, Tessa Larson & Whitney Vogel) set out May 29 from Seagull Lake with plans to canoe all the way to Hudson Bay, about 1,239 miles over some very tough terrain. Dick caught up with them a few days before they left to learn more about their hopes for this trip to benefit Wilderness Canoe Base--and about challenges as well. You can follow Journey 4 Renewal here.


Duluth News Tribune outdoors editor Sam Cook talks chilly fishing opener

Sam Cook, outdoors editor at the Duluth News Tribune and a regular Roadhouse guest, chatted with Dave on the eve of this year's fishing opener.