Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.
Nature is Never the Problem: Sofia Jin
Sofia Jin believes that if we are going to spend time in nature, we need to address the very human problems we bring with us: sexism, sexual harassment, eating disorders, and racism (to name a few). She stresses that talking about these issues shouldn't “ruin” the escapism possible in the great outdoors for anyone but in fact makes it safer, more inclusive, and somewhere everyone can feel heard and valued.
Pregnancy & the Outdoors - Matrescence, Part 1
Pregnancy is a time of drastic physical change, and one full of expectation and anxieties, pressure and pain, hope and uncertainty. And for those of us who value time spent outside, it’s natural that we'd carry that forward into our pregnancies as much as we can. Continuing to hike, or surf, or whatever else we like to do, lets us still feel like ourselves and helps us cope with the symptoms and stresses of this entire process. But as you’ll hear, it’s often not that simple.
Meeting Yourself Where You're At: Lindsey Ingram
Lindsey Ingram has long-haul COVID, which means she is constantly renegotiating what's possible for herself in the outdoors. But just like she's not just a mom, or a hiker, or a gardener -- the uncertainty of her chronic illness doesn't define her. She simply has to meet herself where she's at.
Spreading the Joy: Demiesha Dennis
Demiesha Dennis is an angler, mom, and community leader who is passionate about spreading the joy she’s found outdoors. In this episode, we hear about how Demiesha started flyfishing, what she’s teaching her daughter, what it means to her to be a woman on the water, changing the narrative through Brown Girl Outdoor World, and more!
Canine Companionship on the Trail: Kylie Yang
Kylie Yang is a dog owner, thru-hiker, trail lover, and the New Jersey program coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. We talk about the rewards and compromises of hiking with her 4-legged companion Sullivan, the many ways Kylie has woven trails into the fabric of her life, and the consideration for others we should all take with us into the outdoors.
LIVE Catch-Up: Mirna Valerio
Catch-up with Mirna Valerio aka The Mirnavator. Mirna is an ultra runner, adventurer, author, former teacher, more. Her blog, Fat Girl Running, took off shortly after she took on the sport back in 2008 and she’s been showcasing what’s possible ever since.
Love the Stories and People
I love her book “She Explores” and I really love that she gives women a platform to tell their story. However, I find that it often feels like she’s not connecting with the interviewees throughout the interview.
My favorite podcast
I truly look forward to listening to Gale’s voice & other inspiring women’s voices every Wednesday. It’s like I’m a part of a community even though I feel so alone in the outdoor world.
The podcast that got me into podcasts
Long time listener. I am always inspired by the stories and love how we hear from women of all ages, races, and locations!