HendFam Stories – Cooper Landing, Alaska “The Road Podcast”

The whole Henderson family is driving home from some real good fishing’ on the Russian River.  We are passing through Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, talking about flossing reds and fighting strong fish in the current.  There is a cooler full of sockeye fillets in the back of Juno, our green Ford Excursion and we are headed north to our next adventure.

This episode was recorded on June 28th, 2018.  I’m a bit late getting it out but I hope you enjoy some of our family shenanigans 🙂


010 Mark Huelsing of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast

Mark Huelsing is a husband to one very patient and understanding woman, a father to two amazing kids, a hunter, an explorer, a wanderer, a thinker and a writer.

Mark loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others through stories of success and failure. He has written for various publications including Field & Stream, Petersen’s BOWHUNTING MagazineExtreme ElkBowhunting.comWired to Hunt, Rokslide, and many others.

Mark is the host of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast.

You can find Mark at https://exomountaingear.com/podcast/ and  http://soleadventure.com

Mark Huelsing is taller than he sounds :- )

009 Bjorn Olson and Kim McNett

Bjørn Olson has made an art of wilderness bikepacking in Alaska. He envisions coastal shorelines, frozen rivers, game trails, and tundra as opportunities to explore ambitious new routes to cycle in all seasons. Combining packrafts with fatbikes, Bjørn and partners have pedaled and paddled their ways through long wilderness adventures with their “go-light, go-far” ethic.

Bjørn is a renaissance Alaskan adventurer. The son of a hunting guide, he is an accomplished sea kayaker, he plays in rock gardens, surfs winter shore break, and has circumnavigated the rugged coast of southcentral Alaska to Kodiak.  He embraces mountaineering, back-country snowboarding, and even rough terrain unicycling as ways to experience the Alaskan wilds.

Bjorn can be found at http://www.mjolnirofbjorn.com

Kim McNett is a lifelong naturalist, and has been sharing and interpreting Alaska’s natural beauty through art, education, and guiding since she transplanted from her home state of Washington in 2009. Diversity of wildlife, ecosystems, and native cultures fuels her curiosity and inquiry of the natural world, and her illustrations document its detail and intricacy. Through guiding, educating youth, and interpretive artwork, Kim encourages a sense of awareness and stewardship for our remaining wild places.

From sea kayak touring to winter fatbiking, Kim and Bjorn are either on a wild adventure, or in the midst of preparing for one.

Kim and her artwork can be found at https://www.kimsnaturedrawings.com

008 Bretwood “Hig” Higman and Erin McKittrick

Bretwood “Hig” Higman has a PhD in Geology and his partner Erin McKittrick has a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology. 

Together Hig and Erin are known for trekking long distances in Alaska by foot and packraft, including a one-year trek from Seattle, Washington to the end of the Alaska Peninsula, approximately 4,000 miles. 

In 2013, Hig and Erin journeyed approximately 800 miles around the Cook Inlet with their two children, Katmai (4) and Lituya (2).  Katmai walked every step of the journey.

Erin has authored four books about their adventures including Mud Flats And Fish Camps.  Together they run the non-profit, Ground Truth Trekking.  They can be found at www.groundtruthtrekking.org

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering on the the trail building crew this summer in Alaska with Hig and Erin, you can contact Hig at hig314@gmail.com.


NOTE: I’m currently behind on podcast episodes (SURPRISE) due to living an awesome life in Alaska far away from computers and WIFI!   As a result, I’m going to be streamlining my podcast release process which, unfortunately, means that I will be including less information in the show notes.  Please let me know if you miss the show notes terribly.  Otherwise the next several episode descriptions will look very similar to this one.

I hope that you continue to enjoy my conversations with the interesting and awesome folks who I am fortunate to meet in my journeys.

Cheers, Abe.

007 Ryan “Sthealthy Hunter” Lampers and Jeff “Lusty Lusky” Lusk

Ryan Lampers is an accomplished backcountry mountain hunter and co-host of the Hunt Harvest Health podcast with his wife and Naturopathic Dr., Hillary Lampers.  The Lampers can be found on Instagram @huntharvesthealth, @sthealthyhunter and @dochillary and on the web at www.huntharvesthealth.com

Jeff Lusk is a self proclaimed “manly man” and a member of the Hunt Wild crew based out of Washington State.  Jeff enjoys all aspects of a hunting adventure from start to finish.  Jeff can be found on Instagram @jefflusky and @hunt_wild


NOTE: I’m currently behind on podcast episodes (SURPRISE) due to living an awesome life in Alaska far away from computers and WIFI!   As a result, I’m going to be streamlining my podcast release process which, unfortunately, means that I will be including less information in the show notes.  Please let me know if you miss the show notes terribly.  Otherwise the next several episode descriptions will look very similar to this one.

I hope that you continue to enjoy my conversations with the interesting and awesome folks that I am fortunate to meet in my travels.

Cheers, Abe.


006 Ridiculousness with Heather Kelly, Brad Hurd and Jess Henderson


This episode is a bit of a party!  If you aren’t in the mood for silliness sprinkled with cuss words, you might not like this episode.  If you do choose to listen, I’m warning you, you might giggle once or twice.

  • Kenton, Kenton, Kenton Clairmont,
  • Marshmallow the Lone Survivor,
  • Knee inflammation and Ego,
  • CAT scans for your joints,
  • The Carnivore Diet,
  • Kale cravings,
  • How much peanut butter I take into the backcountry,
  • Brand New Heather’s Choice meals – still in R&D,
  • Heather’s Choice new Dehydrated Kodiak Sitka Blacktail Ribs,
  • Kraft Mac n Cheese,
  • Purple dehydrated mashed potatoes,
  • Cold water rehydration of Heather’s Choice meals,
  • Planning a caribou hunt in Alaska,
  • Money as an exchange of energy.


You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SEHQ96/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Train To Hunt http://www.traintohunt.com/

Mind Pump Media – Dr. Shawn Baker


The Carnivore Diet – Meat Heals http://meatheals.com/

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers https://www.backcountryhunters.org/

Seek Outside 16 man tipi https://seekoutside.com/16-person-tipi-build-to-order/

60th Parallel https://www.60thparallel.com/

Heathers Choice https://www.heatherschoice.com/

USDA https://www.usda.gov/

Hilleberg tents http://us.hilleberg.com/EN/

REI Half Dome


Beau Martonik – Big Bow Outdoors: A Variation on the Navy SEAL Rewarming Drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SebBbFKVy-4

Enlightened Equipment https://enlightenedequipment.com/


005 Packrafting and Zorbing with Thor and Sarah Tingey and Dustin Coy

  • Meeting Roman Dial,
  • Thor’s 700 mile trek across Alaska,
  • The birth of Alpaca Raft,
  • The contrast of hunting and other outdoor sports,
  • The most generous game warden in the world,
  • Black sands of the southern coast of the Alaska Peninsula,
  • Caribou packraft hunting in Alaska,
  • The perfect solo packraft for Alaskan hunting,
  • and the crazy sport of Zorbing.



Backcountry Hunters & Anglers https://www.backcountryhunters.org/

Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick – Mud Flats and Fish Camps http://www.groundtruthtrekking.org/

Bjorn Olsen videographer, bike packing and packrafting caribou trip http://www.mjolnirofbjorn.com/

Roman Dial http://packrafting.blogspot.com/

Ritt Kellog Memorial Fund – Grant at Colorado College https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/rittkelloggfund/

Sevylor Raft https://www.coleman.com/sevylor/

One Man’s Wilderness – Richard Proeneke https://www.amazon.com/One-Mans-Wilderness-Alaskan-Odyssey/dp/0882405136

New Zealand Hunter Magazine – Greg Duley http://www.nzhunter.co.nz/

Alpaca Raft https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/

Zorbing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorbing

Alpacka Raft Alpacka series https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/product/alpacka-series/

Aqua Bound Manta Ray Hybrid Paddle https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/product/aqua-bound-manta-ray-hybrid/

Astral V-Eight https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/product/astral-v-eight-pfd-2018/

Luc Mehl’s Logan Traverse https://thingstolucat.com/logan-traverse/

Luc Mehl’s Stickers for Conservation https://thingstolucat.com/art-sticker-conservation-campaign/



004 Chasing Dreams with Jess Henderson

  • Tea Wisdom,
  • Tackling bears and fears,
  • Salmon Slam 2018,
  • The two names of the five Pacific Salmon,
  • Moving a family of seven into a travel trailer,
  • The odds of getting charged by a bear,
  • Grocery shopping for five kids,
  • Mountain therapy,
  • Life with infant twins,
  • Our deepest wound,
  • How I became a guide in Alaska,
  • Meeting Greg Springer,
  • Choose fuel not baggage,
  • The best of 2017,
  • Hadley’s fire,
  • How Abe lost his job,
  • The moving plan,
  • Homer spit campground,
  • Parting Wisdom.


Five species of Pacific salmon http://spsseg.org/meet-the-7-species-of-pacific-salmon/

Greg Springer – Springer Sportfishing http://www.springersportfishing.com/

BHA https://www.backcountryhunters.org/

Seek Outside https://seekoutside.com/

Kon Mari – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up http://konmari.com/

Rogue Expeditions  http://www.rogueexpeditions.com/

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/the-invitation-by-oriah-mountain-dreamer


003 Eleven Rams with Scott Luber


  • The coolest slam in self-guided hunting,
  • Black bear ribs as a culinary treasure,
  • Wanton waste in Alaska,
  • Don’t you hike 30 miles one-way to go hunting?,
  • Sheep hunting stories,
  • Even more sheep hunting stories,
  • How to judge a legal ram,
  • Scotts recommendation for the best game species for your first hunt in AK,


Skamania Lodge  https://www.destinationhotels.com/skamania

Proving Trails Adventures https://www.provingtrailadventures.com/

Lace ‘em Up https://www.provingtrailadventures.com/hunting-videos/lace-em-up.html

Alaska Sheep Slam Banner https://www.provingtrailadventures.com/images/downloads/Walk-in_Slam_Banner.pdf

BHA https://www.backcountryhunters.org/