Come find inspiration with women in the outdoors. Interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping, entrepreneurship, outdoor equity, aging, conservation, motherhood, chronic illness, and more as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.
Taking Up Space on the Trail: Victoria Amico
Victoria Amico would say that hiking 100% ruined her life, but in the best way possible. Seven years ago, she thought she knew what she wanted in her career and devoted her whole self to achieving her goals. But then hiking came along and forced her to examine what she really wanted. In the process, Victoria ended up learning how to choose herself and take up space with her body on the trail.
Constant Forward Movement: McKayla Bower
Whether she’s rock climbing or sailing, McKayla Bower is motivated by always moving forward. And by setting her sights on becoming the first trans woman and queer person to circumnavigate the world solo in her sailboat Swirl, she’s moving forward in more ways than one.
We're back! And an Introduction to Creative Fuel
A hello, what we've been up to, a new podcast Gale's working on called "Creative Fuel", + we're back with a fresh episode of She Explores next week.
Makeup and Muckboots in the Field
How do you navigate your femininity in a male-dominated space like environmental fieldwork research? For Julia Bingham, it's been an exploration of self.
Courage & Surrender on the Road - Steph Jagger
Steph Jagger and her mom, Sheila, took a camping road trip together in 2016 across the Rocky Mountains. So often, the purpose of a road trip, or spending time in the outdoors, is to get away from it all. But in this instance, Steph was driving towards something many of us might rather avoid: her mom had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia. And while Alzheimer's is something that’s hard to talk about, odds are good that you have personal experience with this degenerative disease or another one that’s similar.
Caving, Creatures, & a Dream Job - Ashley Adkins
Ashley Adkins isn’t a scientist, she simply loves recreational caving and the opportunity it offers folks with non-science background to contribute to the ongoing documentation and understanding of underground ecosystems.
Listen as Ashley shares her experience getting into caving, which led to her very own dream seasonal job last summer. In a historically male-dominated activity that’s known for gatekeeping, Ashley wants us to know about the new generation of cavers of all genders and specialties that are changing the sport for the better.
Loved this podcast interview! Thanks for highlighting her upcoming journey.
The one that challenges me and gets me through
This podcast feels like an old friend. I’ve learned and grown and had my hand held during moments I felt like I wasn’t enough. It’s also enabled me to dream up and reach for a version of myself that I knew was inside. The conversations are always so thoughtful and life giving and show me new ways to engage with our beautiful earth home.
My favorite podcast hands down
I’ve been listening to She Explores for a few years and it’s remained my favorite podcast to listen to during that time. Gail is a great interviewer and always has interesting and diverse guests. I love all the different perspectives and ways to get outside that are shared.