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Explore Oregon: Making the most of the outdoors
25 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
What to know for summer 2021 in Oregon's outdoors
In this edition, we’re previewing what’s expected to be a chaotic season in Oregon’s outdoors and how to navigate wildfire closures, permits and drought while also highlighting some great places to visit during this strangest of summers.
56 minutes | May 20, 2021
Best campsites, floats on the Willamette River
Zach is joined by Travis Williams, executive director of Willamette Riverkeeper, to talk about the best floats and campsites just a stone's throw from Oregon's largest cities along the Willamette Water Trail.
58 minutes | May 10, 2021
What is fastpacking? And counting down beautiful wilderness trips in Southern Oregon
In this edition of the Explore Oregon Podcast, Zach is joined by well-known trail runner and ultramarathoner Ryan Ghelfi to talk about the art of "fastpacking" — a combination of trail running and backpacking. Ryan and Zach then pick their favorite wilderness spots within the mythic "State of Jefferson" — otherwise known as Southern Oregon and extreme Northern California.
47 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Find your new favorite hikes around Salem
Zach and David are joined by outdoors author Adam Sawyer to discuss the best hikes in and around the Salem area. Salem might not have the same outdoor buzz as Eugene and Bend, but it features a beautiful collection of forested urban hikes and nearby trails that lead to wildflowers, wildlife refuges and waterfalls.
49 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
New permit system to change hiking in Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson wilderness areas
We explain how a new permit system will change hiking and backpacking in the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington wilderness areas, and what it means when the permits go on sale April 6.
46 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Emily Halnon talks about breaking Oregon Pacific Crest Trail speed record
We're joined by Emily Halnon to talk about her incredible feat to run 57 miles per day over mountain wilderness to set the speed record on the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
27 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Bandon's bountiful outdoor options on the south Oregon Coast
Zach and David highlight Bandon's best adventures and events, from beach hiking to a sand art exhibition to mountain biking, camping and boating on a "new river." They also dive into the area's unique history, including a Native American princess turned to stone, a tragic wildfire and one of Oregon's biggest drug busts.
51 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Oregon marine board chief talks permits, boating incidents and best places to float
Zach is joined by Larry Warren, director of the Oregon State Marine Board. In the first half, we'll talk about the big stories surrounding boating on Oregon's waterways. Then, we'll pick our top boating, rafting and paddling destinations across the state.
41 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Saving Silver Falls State Park from the Labor Day fires
In this week's edition of the Explore Oregon Podcast, Zach and David talk to Silver Falls State Park ranger Chris Gilliand about the night wildfires came terrifyingly close to burning Oregon's iconic state park.
20 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Ray Benson Sno-Park: Winter playground named for Salem legend
Home to more than 70 miles of cross-country, snowshoe and snowmobile trails and featuring three backcountry snow shelters, Ray Benson features sweeping views of Mount Washington and Three-Fingered Jack.
61 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Adventure and history await on the Tillamook Coast
We'll talk about hidden beaches of white sand, explore little-known pathways such as the Steam Donkey Trail and take a dive into the area's fascinating history, from a plan to create a nuclear power plant at Cape Kiwanda to a love-struck sea captain who asked for his lady's hand in marriage at a certain rock.
34 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Looking back on 2020 in Oregon's outdoors
Zach and David close the books on 2020 with a look back at the year's biggest stories in Oregon's outdoors.
33 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Your options for winter recreation in Oregon
In this episode, we discuss your best options for getting outside this winter and what to changes to expect. We also replay the Oregon State Parks draft from an earlier interview with state parks director Lisa Sumption.
38 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
The best hikes of McKenzie Pass, a land of fire, ice and waterfalls
In this episode Zach and guidebook author Matt Wastradowski talk about the best hikes of Oregon's McKenzie Pass.
20 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Winter waterfall hunting: Status of NW Oregon's favorite waterfalls
The historic wildfire season burned and closed many iconic waterfalls while the continued impact of COVID-19 and storm damage has shuttered others. We talk about some of the best-known waterfalls in Northwest Oregon and whether they're open or closed, burned or unscathed.
17 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
Grants Pass: What's in a name? And Zach's top picks
In this episode, hosts Zach Urness and David Davis talk about the outdoor paradise around Southern Oregon's Grants Pass while discussing the history of the town's name — which includes murder, betrayal and a Civil War general. Urness, who lived in Grants Pass for six years, also talks about meeting the founder of Dutch Bros and the glory of the Rogue River, the Illinois River, local mountain biking spots and the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.
59 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
How Oregon State Parks survived a complete shutdown and some overlooked picks
Zach speaks with Lisa Sumption, the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and longtime parks spokesman Chris Havel to talk about why parks were shut down, how they've been impacted and what comes next — including when yurts and cabins will reopen.
10 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Biking, rafting and wildflower hunting near Hood River
In our first mini-podcast, we detail four of our favorite things to do around Hood River, Oregon. From a leisurely bike ride along the Columbia, to wild rafting trips, to fruit farms and wildflowers.
27 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
The Labor Day wildfires that devastated the Santiam Canyon
In this edition of the Explore Oregon Podcast, hosts Zach Urness and David Davis talk about the genesis of the fires that ripped through the Santiam Canyon the night of Labor Day 2020 and into the next morning, devastating communities up and down the canyon.
20 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Planning your trip down the iconic John Day River
On this episode we'll take you to the second-longest undammed river in the United States which snakes through deep, isolated canyons in Eastern Oregon for a trip that features beautiful camping, great fishing and mellow rapids.
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