100 episodes

Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.

Out There Willow Belden

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.6 • 35 Ratings

Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.

    The Motherload

    The Motherload

    Becky Jensen had a lot of things going for her: sweet kids, a caring fiancé, a promising career. But deep down, she wasn't happy. So a few years ago, she left everything (and everyone) behind to thru-hike the Colorado Trail. By herself.

    On this episode, she shares her story. It's a story about relationships — both with your family, and with yourself. And it's about the surprising things that can happen to those relationships when you do something selfish — something just for you.

    • 39 min
    Conservation 2.0

    Conservation 2.0

    Theodore Roosevelt has a remarkable environmental legacy: he preserved an unprecedented 230 million acres of American land. But many of his achievements came at the expense of indigenous communities; conservation was coupled with genocide. Our guest on this episode is David Gessner, author of the book Leave It As It Is. We discuss Roosevelt's ground-breaking efforts to save wild places, and explore how lessons from the past can help us create a new environmentalism that is more inclusive and just.

    • 34 min
    An Unlikely Family

    An Unlikely Family

    We often assume that scientists shouldn't fall in love with their research subjects; they’re supposed to remain objective and keep feelings out of their work. Wildlife researcher Joe Hutto did the opposite, embedding himself with a herd of deer in Wyoming. He figured the best way to understand an animal was essentially to become one of them. This is the story of how he did that. It’s a story of love, curiosity, and sadness. And it’s about what happens when the line between fact and feeling becomes blu

    • 35 min
    Out of the Shadows

    Out of the Shadows

    Erin Parisi is changing the narrative about trans people, one mountaintop at a time.

    Growing up, she knew she was a girl. But her body didn't match. And she didn’t feel safe telling anyone her secret. It wasn’t until decades later that she finally mustered the courage to come out.

    Erin's story takes us from a small town in the U.S. to the the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and explores what can happen when you risk everything to become the person you know you are.

    • 35 min
    Mr. Fabulous

    Mr. Fabulous

    Derick Lugo was not a typical thru-hiker. A suave, manicured New Yorker, he wasn’t into hiking and had never been camping. But he decided to challenge himself by doing the Appalachian Trail — and he wrote a memoir about it called The Unlikely Thru-Hiker.

    On this episode, we discuss the warm welcome Derick received on the A.T. as a hiker of color; we talk about how the generosity he experienced on the trail shifted his habits back home; and we share the highly entertaining story behind his trail name.

    • 27 min
    A Series of Unlikely Events

    A Series of Unlikely Events

    In 2001, Donna Martino stuck a photo on her fridge. It was a picture from the newspaper of a handsome kayaker paddling through the surf.

    A few months later, Donna matched with the man on a dating website. The rest is history.

    We tend to assume that fairytale beginnings are a recipe for disaster. But sometimes, the world serves up a dose of schmaltz.

    This story is about what happens when coincidences pile up, and strangers take a chance on each other.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Treesmendus.com ,

Nature Saved My Life

Loved this podcast and others here as refreshing approaches on how time spent outside works for us.

MaddeRipa ,

Out there is amazing

I love this show for it’s amazingly honest and inspiring stories. I was allready Out there quite a lot but you have inspired me to go further, learn more and feel welcome on the trail. Thank you!

celanmar ,

Fantastic listen

Not only is Willow an incredibly inspirational woman and story teller in her own right, she has created a platform for people to express their humanity for others to relate to through their own difficulties and experiences. Keep it up 👏🏻👏🏻

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