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.
Reciprocity with Lands & Waters: Brianne Lauro
Brianne Lauro was born and raised on Hawai’i Island and learned how to hunt, fish, and dive from her father at a young age. She’s carried this passion into adulthood, along with a commitment to honoring all the lands and waters of the island through giving back as they have given to her and her family. In conversation with Gabaccia Moreno, Brianne shares what drives her, how she would like to see the conservation conversation shift, why she’s documenting the knowledge of her family, and her hopes for the future.
Bobbing at the Surface: Carrot Quinn
Carrot Quinn joins us on the show again to talk about her latest memoir: The Sunset Route. For those who read and loved Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart, The Sunset Route fills in a lot of the backstory. Billed as an adventure memoir, (Carrot spent her early 20’s hopping freight trains and hitchhiking before discovering thru-hiking) the book really shines in telling the story of how Carrot found nurturing, forgiveness, and healing through nature during after a traumatic childhood.
Traversing Seasons - Matrescence, Part 2
From the tender early days of the fourth trimester, to integrating the outdoors into your little one’s lives as they grow, the postpartum phase of matrescence is a complex period of healing, care-giving, bonding, learning and un-learning. It’s a time that can simultaneously hold grief and ambivalence, and profound joy — all in the same hand.
Recovery on the Water: Palinor Velasco
Palinor Velasco has always pursued an adventurous life, even before she found her place in and love for the outdoors. While newly sober, Palinor found healing in climbing and mountain biking, but an accident that affected her mobility made her rethink the levels of risk she’s willing to take on.
Abby Ruhman - Voices from the GoPro Mountain Games, Episode 1
Abby Ruhman is a professional makeup artist with Alopecia Totalis who uses her body as a canvas to advocate for change when it comes to outdated beauty standards. Art and creativity are central to the Mountain Games: public art around town, live music happening nightly, the mountainous backdrop of Vail Valley, even photo booths set up for puppy portraits. Abby and Gabaccia Moreno chat live at the GoPro Mountain Games.
Ariel Tweto - Voices from the GoPro Mountain Games, Episode 2
Ariel Tweto is passionate about taking chances and trying new things in the outdoors -- and sharing her experiences with others. She and Gabaccia Moreno met up at the Mountain Games to talk about her very first e-bike race, the new friends she’s made in Vail, and her best advice for listeners looking to embrace nature in their lives.
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.
Overall positive impression. I appreciate that most of the guests aren’t hardcore athletes. Now that we’ve heard from a lot of moms, I’d like to heard from some women who have intentionally chosen not to have kids. As far as specific episodes, I was annoyed that for the period episode both the host and the guest both have chosen not to have periods anymore (how hard could it have been to find a menstruating woman?!) Also, if the episode truly was also for people who have never had a period, why not interview a man about how they are supportive menstruation in outdoor trips? Finally, I’m a little tired of the constant mentions of Instagram. I’m here for the stories, not the social media talk.
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.