Tom Stienstra’s Great Outdoors
“The way the wild west was…and still is!…”
Season One Locations/Episodes (1-26)
#101 – Return To Mount St. Helens:
Helicopter ride into the blast zone over Spirit Lake. Climb through scree field to crater rim. Wildlife ‘then and now’ – genesis effect. Cabin retreat at Silver Lake Resort – fishing and BBQ in the evening.
#102 – Jurassic Park Sturgeon:
Cheapest world-class fishing trip in world, fish for 200- to 400-pound sturgeon in Willamette River, hike Mount Hood, see Multnomah Falls, Old Columbia Gorge Highway with stone walls and one waterfall after another, Horsetail Falls, Bridalveil Falls. Based out of Portland, Oregon.
#103 – Yosemite National Park:
Horseback ride to High Sierra Camp (preference for Glen Aulin and Tuolumne Falls, Waterwheel Falls), hike Pohono Trail from Glacier Point to Sentinel Dome for world-class views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, north valley rim, kayak/canoe Tenaya Lake near Tuolumne Meadows, sidebar on bears.
#104 – Orcas Island, Washington:
Orca watching by Zodiac, climb Mount Constitution, kayak to island campsite.
#105 – Golden Gate by land, air & sea:
Fly, bike, hike, boat, wildlife watch in range of Golden Gate Bridge, every adventure with a challenge and world-class visual pay-off.
#106 – L.A.’s Island Paradise:
Boat, kayak, snorkel, fish, camp, wildlife stalk at multiple islands at Channel Islands National Park.
#107 – Katmai, Alaska:
Grizzly bear watching on Brooks River, moose tracking by float plane, flyfish wilderness rivers for trophy rainbow trout, stay at Kulik Lodge.
#108 – Kauai, Hawaii:
Kayak, snorkel, hike, helicopter the Napali Coast, to explore jungle and find waterfalls, cliffs, secluded beaches, take surfing lesson, fish for giant blue marlin.
#109 – Sequoia/Kings Canyon:
Hike to Mitchell Peak for sweeping overview of Sierra, head into Kings Canyon, flyfish Kings River & explore Boyden Cave or Crystal Cave, find the three biggest Sequoias, special segment on encounters between bears & people at campgrounds, view from Moro Rock.
#110 – Baja The Way It Used To Be:
We team up with Jonathan Roldan in La Paz for safe, exciting low-cost adventure, to catch yellowtail, dorado, marlin, and snorkel, find local artifacts, and track down an old-timer who traded in shark teeth from his little hut [use subtitles for short interview in Spanish].
#111 – Yellowstone Safari:
We show how to avoid crowds in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, including canoe-in/kayak-in camp at Yellowstone Lake, then detail exactly where and how to track, spot and stalk hidden spots to find elk, moose, grizzly bear, antelope and wolf for world-class viewing and numbers, and also catch 20-inch plus cutthroat trout at Yellowstone Lake.
#112 – Washington’s Best in the West:
Only place in U.S. with chance to catch three species of 10-pound trout, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout and on consecutive days at Omak, Rufus Woods and Rimrock lakes in central Washington on eastern side of Cascade Range.
#113 – River Wild:
Raft, kayak the North Fork Salmon River in Idaho, attacking each section of river in different type of boat, flyfish for cutthroat trout, camp, and find wilderness hot springs.
#114 – Olympic gold:
We trek Mount Olympus on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, boat/fish Crescent Lake, fish for steelhead on Hoh River, venture into Campbell forest.
#115 – Yosemite in snow:
Yosemite National Park in winter/spring: Snowshoe to Dewey Point on Yosemite Valley Rim, ice skate at foot of Half Dome, photograph dozens of landmark points, Wawona’s big trees, the hidden Yosemite.
#116 – Death Valley by motorcycle:
We tour Dante’s View Road in spring for incredible view of Death Valley, 70 miles to the horizon, across the Badwater Basin (minus 282 feet) and then up to Telescope Peak (11,049 feet), among dozens of landmarks, landscapes and wildlfowers.
#117 – Mighty T Raft:
We raft the spectacular Cherry Creek Valley, and then after a camp, head down the Tuolumne River through Class V Clavey Falls.
#118 – Kayak for humpbacks:
We depart Moss Landing in Monterey Bay by kayak for encounters with sea otters, harbor seals, and in the fall, humpback whales; side trips to Point Lobos for otters and Big Sur for California condors.
#119 – Biking Arizona:
Monument Valley, Enchanted Circle, exploring Native American history and culture, rockhounding for turquoise.
#120 – Prairie Creek drama:
We find some of largest trees in the world, redwoods, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce, all live within short radius at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, plus herds of Roosevelt elk, gorgeous wilderness beach, creeks, waterfalls.
#121 – Arctic Circle fish and wildlife:
Fish Great Bear Lake for world-class mackinaw trout, grayling, pike, flyover tour search for muskox, grizzly bears; sidetrip flight to Arctic Ocean to see ice flows, Coppermine River for Arctic char.
#122 – Tahoe’s Miles of Corduroy:
Tahoe’s epic winter sports, starting with “miles of corduroy” at Heavenly’s intermediate runs overlooking South Lake Tahoe, Homewood’s runs that feel like you are going to sail into Lake Tahoe, plus North Tahoe snowmobile, and winter peak nabbing.
#123 – Grand Canyon, the north side:
While the masses head to the south rim for the drive-to views, we instead explore the lesser-known northern rims, its campsites and lodges, and one-of-a-kind views, hikes and history.
#124 – Highest fish counts/Crater Lake:
We float the Umpqua River in summer for smallmouth bass, possibly the highest fish counts in the west, then venture east to Crater Lake National Park.
#125 – Dramatic coastal camps:
16-mile Coastal Trail at Point Reyes National Seashores passes camps on bluff tops, sweeping views of Drakes Bay, coastal rock formations, gorgeous waterfall that flows over cliff to beach.
#126 – Best wildlife:
Excerpts that capture tule elk at Point Reyes, bears at Sequoia National, Roosevelt elk at Prairie Creek redwoods, sea otters at Moss Landing, orcas out Orcas Island, bison, elk and moose at Yellowstone.