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 • 392 Ratings

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

    Under the Radar

    Under the Radar

    Chris Boskoff was a mountaineer who pushed boundaries and set records. She climbed mountains no North American woman had ever summited, and she was the only American woman to reach the top of six of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. But despite her impressive resume, Chris’s story went largely untold — until this year.

    On this episode, Johanna Garton, author of Edge of the Map, joins us to discuss Chris's rise in the mountaineering world: the challenges, the triumphs, and the complicated moral questio

    • 32 min
    Different Shades of Fear

    Different Shades of Fear

    When David Klebosky was out in the desert earlier this year, he ended up being shot at. The gunfire wasn’t malicious, but there were bullets coming at him.

    Yet David didn’t freak out.

    This kind of response is typical for David; he always seems to remain calm in the face of stress.

    On this episode, producer Max Wasserman delves into David’s past and explores what makes some of us so unflappable.

    • 21 min
    Resilience Through Diversity

    Resilience Through Diversity

    As a marine biologist, Colin Howe sees diversity as an indicator of health: the more diverse an ecosystem, the more likely it is to thrive.

    But while scientists work hard to preserve diversity in the wild, they often fail to achieve it in the workplace.

    Colin is one of just a handful of Black biologists in the United States. On this episode, we talk with him about pursuing his passion in a predominantly white field. And we discuss what oceans can teach us about the benefits of diversity.

    • 45 min
    The Tools to Thrive

    The Tools to Thrive

    When KC Cheng decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, she imagined it as a kind of therapy. She wanted to feel young and adventurous again, in charge of her own life. Like so many other thru-hikers, she saw a long-distance trek as an opportunity for an emotional reset.

    But what does a solo adventure really do to a person? Does “getting away from it all” change us in a fundamental way?

    On this episode, KC shares the story of a surprising realization she made as a result of her pilgrimage.

    • 22 min
    Black and Outdoorsy

    Black and Outdoorsy

    On this episode, we talk with outdoor adventurer and educator Ron Griswell about his efforts to close the adventure gap and get more students of color outside.

    We share the story of how Ron became a leader in the outdoor industry; we discuss the barriers that keep many POC from engaging in outdoor adventures; and we talk about the ways that Black joy can help combat racist narratives.

    • 50 min
    The Sweetness of Suffering

    The Sweetness of Suffering

    Everyone suffers. Sometimes it’s obvious; other times it’s less visible. But it’s inevitable that we’ll suffer at some point in our lives. And typically, we hate it.

    But what if hardships serve a purpose? What if the struggles we try so hard to avoid could actually enhance our lives?

    On this episode, Megan McLaughlin takes us from Big Bend National Park to the forests of Arkansas, and explains how she has found sweetness, both in miserable outdoor experiences, and in a cancer diagnosis.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
392 Ratings

392 Ratings

WYO KGH ,

Outstanding

This podcast is excellent. This most recent episode was the best yet. Keep up this outstanding and important work, Willow!

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.

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