100 episodes

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

Out There Willow Belden

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.7, 374 Ratings

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

    Birding While Black

    Birding While Black

    The events that have been unfolding across the United States over the past weeks have driven home once again that simply existing carries risks if you have dark skin.

    Many of us like to think that nature is an equalizer — a place to escape the injustices of society. But it’s not so simple.

    On this bonus episode, producer Jackie Sojico bring you a story that first aired several years ago. It’s about ornithologist and birder Drew Lanham and his quest to pursue his passion outdoors as a POC.

    • 18 min
    Vanlife and COVID

    Vanlife and COVID

    Amber McDaniel lives on the road full-time. She and her partner are both freelance writers, so working remotely isn’t a problem for them. And they love the freedom to spend their days in America’s most beautiful natural places.

    But what happens to van lifers when a pandemic hits? Where do you go, when campgrounds and public lands start to close?

    On this episode, Amber joins us to talk about “staying home” when you don’t have a home.

    • 22 min
    Beginners

    Beginners

    On this bonus episode, we bring you tales from Out There’s live storytelling night earlier this month.

    Each story touches on the theme of being a beginner in the outdoors. Ashley White shares the story of his son’s injury on their first-ever backpacking trip together; Jessica Taylor explores the lessons she’s learning as she transitions from life in a house to a life on the road; and Natasha Buffo reflects on the intertwined experiences of falling in love with backpacking and losing a parent.

    • 34 min
    Going It Alone

    Going It Alone

    Melanie Chambers loved traveling alone. So when she set off on a four-month solo bicycle trip through Japan and Korea, she wasn’t worried.

    But almost immediately, loneliness set in.

    On this episode, Melanie shares her story. It’s a story of trying to prove yourself, of discovering the limits of your independence, and of making sense of a worldview that prizes self sufficiency.

    • 26 min
    BONUS: A Sneak Peak at our Live Show

    BONUS: A Sneak Peak at our Live Show

    When Out There turned five earlier this year, we promised to throw a party.

    That party is happening tomorrow, in the form of a live storytelling night. The theme for the evening is “beginners,” and five storytellers from across the country will share personal tales of first times in the outdoors.

    On this bonus episode, we give you a taste of what you can expect if you join us.

    • 4 min
    Coping with Cancelled Dreams

    Coping with Cancelled Dreams

    Susan Conrad was supposed to begin a three-month expedition up the Inside Passage on May 16. But like so many plans that have been derailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, her voyage has been cancelled.

    On this episode, we talk with Susan about how she’s coping with a disappointment of this magnitude.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

jesnelson ,

Makes you laug, cry and think

After being introduced to this podcast by a friend, it has become a go-to. The story topics are wide-ranging but all have a similar feel. Some are heart warming, inspiring and make want to go concur the world! And others make me want to call, hug and love all of the people in my life immediately. If you love engaging story telling, it is a MUST listen!!

AtAvery5 ,

Informative. Real. Honest.

Great information given through intimate stories shared by real people. The outdoors is my life line, has been since I was a young child, and Willow and the people she brings into this podcast have real connections with the natural world in a variety of ways. I love listening to their stories! Love the music that’s selected for each podcast, too.

TheTurboBass ,

When I’m trapped inside

I love this show. I spend my days in a office with irregular hours and a challenge to hike on the weekends. The personal stories presented on this show have hit home more than once, but I’ve gotten so much more insight to the human condition. Hearing people open up, allowing themselves to show some vulnerability is both real and inspiring. This podcast is a great way to live through others, while biding my time until I can get to the sierras again. Thank you!

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