25 episodes

Outdoor Evolution founder & contributor Darwin Rakestraw is joined by rotating co-hosts on a podcast that seeks to go beyond the usual conversations in the outdoor community. As more people turn to hiking, cycling, van-life and the outdoors - making use of public lands and Mother Nature - the questions we ask ourselves as a community need to move beyond the surface level. The Outdoor Evolution Podcast is all about the current, difficult and important discussions in the outdoor community.

The Outdoor Evolution Podcast Outdoor Evolution Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 291 Ratings

Outdoor Evolution founder & contributor Darwin Rakestraw is joined by rotating co-hosts on a podcast that seeks to go beyond the usual conversations in the outdoor community. As more people turn to hiking, cycling, van-life and the outdoors - making use of public lands and Mother Nature - the questions we ask ourselves as a community need to move beyond the surface level. The Outdoor Evolution Podcast is all about the current, difficult and important discussions in the outdoor community.

    24: Too Many Hikers?

    24: Too Many Hikers?

    In this episode, Darwin is joined by Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association, Matt Nelson, to discuss the overcrowding issues that are starting to plague long-distance trails like the AT, PCT, & the AZT. What does it take to run a trail association & manage the impact on the environment? Is Education, Permits, or Funding the answer to this growing problem? Is there such a thing as "too many hikers" on the trail?

    To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.
    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, courses, products, and more.
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    Email us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.com

    Visit the Arizona Trail Association's Website - AZTrail.org

    • 58 min
    23: Adventuring Abroad

    23: Adventuring Abroad

    In this episode, Darwin is joined by world traveler, Christy Teglo to discuss taking your adventures abroad. The experiences, logistics, costs, & more. What lessons has Christy learned on her many journeys all over the world? They also chat about her experience & challenges of traveling/adventuring as a solo female both internationally and domestically.

    To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.
    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, courses, products, and more.
    Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolution
    Email us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.com

    Check out Christy's Website - TegloGoes.com

    • 1 hr 41 min
    22: Giving Back Globally

    22: Giving Back Globally

    In this episode, Darwin is joined by Travis Avery from Sawyer Products to chat about giving back on a global scale & what Sawyer is doing to save lives all around the world. Can someone like a Thru-Hiker or Bikepacker actually make a difference by doing something as simple as buying a piece of gear? Can other companies in the outdoor industry really change the world? Darwin also shares how his upcoming trip to Fiji & the film he's shooting there will contribute to giving back globally.

    To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.
    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, courses, products, and more.
    Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolution
    Email us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.com

    Check Out Sawyer's Website - Sawyer.com
    Follow Sawyer on Instagram @sawyerproducts

    • 47 min
    21: Adventuring as A Couple

    21: Adventuring as A Couple

    In this episode, Darwin is joined by a whole round-table of Co-Hosts! Jessica (his wife), along with friends Jen & Greg Seymour all chime in to discuss the ups & downs of adventuring as a couple. Is it easy to get along when you spend every day together on something like a thru-hike? What sort of issues should couples anticipate dealing with when traveling full-time together? What kind of strain can a long adventure put on a relationship when one person is gone for months, leaving their partner at home?

    To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.
    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, courses, products, and more.
    Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolution
    Email us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.com

    Follow Jen & Greg on Instagram @chicaandsunsetshostel

    • 1 hr 2 min
    20: The Double-Edged Sword Of Thru-Hiking

    20: The Double-Edged Sword Of Thru-Hiking

    In this episode, Darwin is joined once again by co-host, Einstein, to have a different conversation about mental health in the thru-hiking community. There have been plenty of great conversations about the positive effects that thru-hiking can have on an individual's mental health, but what about some of the negative consequences it can lead to? What mental health issues can be exacerbated by a lifestyle built entirely around thru-hiking and nothing else? This conversation is difficult, but one that is long overdue in our community.

    To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.
    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, courses, products, and more.
    Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolution
    Email us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.com

    Follow Einstein on Instagram @youth.retired

    • 52 min
    19: Dear Outdoor Industry

    19: Dear Outdoor Industry

    In this episode, Darwin is joined by Film Maker/Thru-Hiker Nick Greene to discuss what we "should" expect of the Outdoor Industry when it comes to stepping up for our Public Lands. Does a company that's in the Outdoor Industry owe anything to Public Lands? Why are we, as a community, not expecting this of the industry more? How can we, as consumers, change the landscape of where our money goes? These two filmmakers discuss their thoughts on all this and more.

    Watch Darwin's Film "Through The Great Southwest"

    Watch Nick's Film  "Pack & Soul"

    To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.
    Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, courses, products, and more.
    Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolution
    Email us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.com

    Follow Nick Greene on Instagram @thruguy

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 Ratings

nwyman ,

New Listener

I found this podcast after Darwin quit YouTube, I still needed my Darwin fix. Great show with some passionate people.

matt1075 ,

Good stuff

Real good topics , Well rounded . Thanks Nick

Deb Infinity ,

Giving Back Globally

I was so impressed to finally see Sawyer given credit for the amazing work they do around the world. I have seen the filters in action when I was on a mission trip to the Amazon in Peru. The families were so thankful to finally have a safe source of drinking water. This company has given back globally for years and I will always do business with them. Thanks for a great podcast!

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