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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.

Episode Date
After the Wildfire: Melissa Geissinger
Melissa Geissinger lost her house in the Tubbs fire in October 2017. Two months later, she had her son Apollo, and life changed forever once again.
Jun 12, 2019
Voices from PGM ONE
What changes about the environmental movement when people of color are both the leaders and the audience? We teamed up with REI to send writer Amanda Machado to the third annual PGM ONE Summit in Philadelphia to answer that question first hand.
Jun 10, 2019
When Your Path Finds You: Sam Ortiz
Sam Ortiz has gone from a beginner to a hiker to a climber to a mountaineer to a plus-size outdoor model in under five years. Her progression has happened in part due to curiosity, timely mentors, and the best kind of fear: the kind you move up and over and end up just a little bit changed on the other side.
Jun 05, 2019
Grit, Guts, and the Right Amount of Gall: Jen Gurecki
Jen Gurecki is a serial outdoor entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to go against the norm when it comes to the businesses she’s started in the industry. With over 20 years of experience, Jen’s the CEO of Coalition Snow, editor-in-chief at Sisu Magazine, and founder of Zawadisha. She even used to co-own a river rafting company. From the outside, each company is quite different - hardwood skis and snowboards vs. editorial print vs. a micro lending venture, but each contains a common thread: an unwavering devotion to putting women in front.
May 29, 2019
Teaching by Example: Low Waste Camper and Garden Ranger Cindy Villaseñor
Cindy Villaseñor is an Enrich LA Garden Ranger who strives to live a low waste lifestyle. She also loves camping, gardening outside of work, and eats vegan. Cindy didn’t grow up doing any of these things, but keeping herself open to learning and opportunities have led her to where she is today.
May 22, 2019
The Curvy Kili Crew
For International Women's Day, 20 plus-size women hiked Mount Kilimanjaro. Each had a different reason and background, but they came together to take up space on the highest mountain in Africa. One goal? To normalize fat hiking around the world. Diandra Oliver brought along a recorder to share the seven-day trek with us.
May 15, 2019
Mothers & Daughters, Outdoors
A celebration of motherhood, outdoors and otherwise. In this episode, you’ll hear from mothers and daughters; it's equal parts a letter of thanks and a guidebook of sorts for a life best lived outdoors.
May 08, 2019
Work and Play: Weekend Adventurer Holly Johnson
Hiking has become both a side hustle and a form of therapy for weekend adventurer Holly Johnson. We talk about how work and play blend together in her life, but also how she deliberately keeps them separate. From her first solo backpacking trip to carving out time for adventure travel outside of her 9-5 job, Holly, aka @missholldoll, is above all else a hiker.
May 01, 2019
Choosing Environmental Optimism
This Earth Day, we’re looking on the bright side. We’re asking, how can a sense of environmental optimism keep us facing forward? What strength do we gain when we’re comfortable starting fresh - whether it’s a climbing route, in our personal lives, or in our approach to sustainability? We climb and camp Kylie Fly in partnership with Mountain Hardwear.
Apr 17, 2019
On and Off the Icefield: Hannah Perrine Mode
Anyone else a ‘bad’ science student in high school? For those who haven’t been indoctrinated, earth science can be all intimidating facts and hard edges. Hannah Perrine Mode is an abstract artist who has found a connection to science through her artwork. Her experiences as a science communicator as part of the Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska have opened her up to more diverse methods of sharing glacial and earth science with people - on and off the icefield.
Apr 10, 2019
When Nature Calls, SheFly has the Answer
Shouldn't it be easier for women to use the bathroom outside? Shouldn't pants be made for female anatomy? The founders behind SheFly Apparel think so. They've reinvented pants for us to wear on the trail and elsewhere. Meet two of the three co-founders, Bianca Gonzalez and Charlotte Massey.
Apr 03, 2019
What Happened Next: Afghan Cycles & The Musical Mountaineers
Both filmmaker Sarah Menzies and The Musical Mountaineers accomplished big things after our conversations last year. Sarah debuted her film Afghan Cycles. Rose and Anastasia played music in Seattle's Benaroya Hall. We catch up and celebrate what's next.
Mar 13, 2019
Hike, Journal, Meditate: Kenya & Michelle Jackson-Saulters
A little mindfulness goes a long way. Meet Kenya and Michelle Jackson-Saulters, founders of Outdoor Journal Tour and WE Hike to Heal.
Mar 06, 2019
What We’ve Built Together: Special Bonus Episode
How has the She Explores podcast impacted you? That's what we wanted to know. So we made a special secret bonus episode to celebrate all of the voices on the She Explores podcast, as well as the dedicated work Gale Straub puts into the show.
Mar 01, 2019
100 - Injured & Indoors
When injury sidelines you from your favorite outdoor activities - how to cope, what you learn, and how it feels to get back out there again.
Feb 27, 2019
Making Time for Nature
How to make time for nature, even in the winter season.
Feb 20, 2019
The Power of Storytelling: Danielle Williams & Melanin Base Camp
Stories connect us, help us learn, and help us better understand each other. Melanin Base Camp founder Danielle Williams taps into the power of storytelling to showcase the many different ways people of color and LGBTQ+ folks experience the outdoors.
Feb 13, 2019
The Pledge - Teresa Baker & Danielle Williams
What's the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge? Teresa Baker and Danielle Williams share why it's important for diverse people to take the lead doing the work to make the outdoors a more inclusive, equitable place for all. They also comment on the recent announcement of a CEO Outdoor Equity Pledge by Camber Outdoors.
Feb 13, 2019
Work in Progress: RANGE Founder Jeanine Pesce
Meet Jeanine Pesce, creative connector and founder of RANGE, a creative agency and magazine inspired by the culture of the outdoor movement. We talk about how she's carved out a place for herself in the outdoor industry and the tenth issue of RANGE Mag, centered around the theme 'Work in Progress.'
Feb 06, 2019
Trust the Timing: Ski Mountaineer Caroline Gleich
Caroline Gleich is a ski mountaineer who knows the meaning of scary but rewarding: whether she's climbing 8,000 meter mountains in the Himalayas or anticipating her future as an adventure-seeking wife and mom. Plus, we catch up with Karen Wang two years after we interviewed her for Episode 9, "After the Pacific Crest Trail."
Jan 23, 2019
Reading a River: Heather Hansman
Heather Hansman went on a solo pack rafting adventure for the sake of conservation. Paddling the 730 mile Green River, she learned about the future of water in the west and documented her journey in her upcoming book, Downriver.
Jan 16, 2019
Looking Forward in Our Outdoor Lives
What we're looking forward to in our outdoor lives.
Dec 19, 2018
The Luckiest: Hannah Andry
Ask Hannah Andry, and she’ll tell you she feels like the luckiest girl in the world. She’s in love, she has a new dog and easy access to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She’s also had two heart surgeries within the last year. Hannah’s is a story about how quickly things can change and the ways in which nature can fill up your heart.
Dec 12, 2018
Quitting can be a Kindness: Nicole Antoinette
Nicole Antoinette quit her thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail after about 1,600 miles and she's ok with calling it a failure. In fact, Nicole questions why we have to choose either success or failure. Can't we be kinder with ourselves? Can't we set out to both succeed and fail?
Dec 05, 2018
Postpartum: Kristina Frost
Becoming a new mom has changed the way Kristina Frost experiences the outdoors. And she's realizing, it's not better or worse - it's just different. We talk to Kristina before and after she takes her two-month-old daughter Emma camping for the very first time.
Nov 28, 2018
What We Have to Give
What we have (and want) to give to ourselves and to others is often clarified through time outside.
Nov 21, 2018
Lost & Found
Lost in the mountains is a vulnerable place to be. Lydia Sturgis shares her experience losing the trail for a night in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, and heli nurse Krista Elkins gives advice for both how to prevent getting lost and what to do if it happens.
Nov 14, 2018
Alone with Her Thoughts on the Welsh Coastal Path: Hiranya de Alwis Jayasinghe
Hiranya de Alwis Jayasinghe set out to be the first "BAME" woman in the United Kingdom to thru hike the Welsh Coastal Trail. She didn't achieve her goal, but after 570 miles on foot, she could hear herself loud and clear.
Nov 07, 2018
Down with Adventure: Melody Forsyth
Pregnant with her daughter Ruby, Melody Forsyth thought hiking would be her "last hurrah" when she found out Ruby has Down Syndrome. Turns out, it was just the beginning.
Oct 24, 2018
Nature as a Disruptive Force for Queer Youth: Elyse Rylander
Elyse Rylander is the founder and executive director of OUT There Adventures, a nonprofit dedicated to empower queer young people through their connection with the natural world. Elyse believes nature is a disruptive force for queer youth and hopes to foster their identities and love of the outdoors.
Oct 17, 2018
Leading with Humility: Tsedo Sherpa-Ednalino
Tsedo Sherpa-Ednalino is the COO of Sherpa Adventure Gear. Leading with humility and flexibility is part of her Sherpa heritage, and doing so is integral to her life as an executive and a mother.
Oct 10, 2018
Lightening Trauma's Invisible Weight on the Trail: Sydney Williams
Sydney Williams is more than a weight loss story, or an outdoors person with Type II diabetes, or a trauma survivor. But hiking the Trans-Catalina trail the second time helped her put it all together.
Sep 26, 2018
Bike Touring is About More Than Just Bikes: Mary Ann Thomas
Mary Ann Thomas loves bike touring because it's accessible, it helps her care for her body, it connects her with people she might not otherwise meet, and it has helped her express the truest parts of herself.
Sep 19, 2018
Nature Up Close: Science Illustrator Kristin Link
Kristin Link is a science illustrator and an artist living off the grid in McCarthy, Alaska. She shares about her life there, why she loves helping people see the natural world up close through science illustration, and her tips for applying to artist-in-residencies at National Parks.
Sep 12, 2018
Venturing in the Mountains and in Business: Georgina Miranda
Georgina Miranda lives mindfully in business and while pursuing the Explorer Grand Slam: standing on the highest summits in each continent as well as the North and South Pole. The founder of She Ventures and Altitude 7 shares how years spent summiting the highest mountains in the world drove home her devotion to creating businesses and taking adventures that have a positive social impact on the world.
Sep 05, 2018
The Musical Mountaineers
Anastasia and Rose hike their violin and keyboard, respectfully, into the mountains of Washington to play music to greet the rising sun. In doing so, they hope to inspire others to share their own gifts with the world.
Aug 22, 2018
Grandma's Ride
Taryn's grandma Carol went on a bike tour in 1944 with her girlfriend Billie. We hear from Carol about the "ordinary adventure" she took at home during World War II.
Aug 15, 2018
Sharing Wisdom: Cheryl Strayed & Anna Brones
Cheryl Strayed never planned on giving advice professionally and doesn't love a guru, but she agrees with Anna Brones that everyone has wisdom to bestow upon others. The key is to seek as much as you share.
Aug 08, 2018
Because Trails Inspire: Sirena Rana Dufault
Sirena Rana Dufault is an expert on trails, but that hasn't always been the case: hers is a hard-won expertise born of patience. Trails inspired her to persevere through the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, develop an intimate relationship with her newfound home state of Arizona, and change the course of her career.
Aug 01, 2018
Something New
What’s up with the over-the-top uncertainty we sometimes feel when we try something new? We share two women’s stories of trying new things in spite of self-doubt or feeling like they won’t measure up.
Jul 25, 2018
The Story of an Adventure Friendship
This is the story of how Gretchen Powers and Alexandra Roberts became adventure partners. It's also about what it means to be an adventure friend, and how you might find one, too.
Jul 18, 2018
Solo (But Not Quite Alone)
Your stories of spending time solo in the outdoors. Including a bikepacker, a so-called fat hiker, an aspiring astronaut, an extrovert, two med students, and a backcountry paddler, in short - you and me.
Jul 11, 2018
How to Be a Role Model: Mirna Valerio
Ultrarunner Mirna Valerio is a role model for many because by doing what she loves, she shows others what is possible. She’s modeling being a black, fat girl running, moving her body up and over mountains.
Jul 04, 2018
Fifty Years as an Outdoor Entrepreneur: Sheri Tingey
Sheri Tingey has been making gear in the outdoor industry for the past 50 years, and she's done a lot of it with her own two hands. Learn about what drives her to solve problems, how she learned the important lesson of slowing down, and what happened after she re-started her career in her 50's by founding Alpacka Raft.
Jun 27, 2018
DIY: Advocating for Parks Near and Far
A beginner's guide of sorts to advocating for land we can all love and enjoy. This week, we’re back camping with Amanda Machado, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), and 13 women who are passionate about learning about championing public land.
Jun 20, 2018
Breaking Ground for Others
Ever feel like you're alone in your relationship with the outdoors? Join a group of women who are leading the way in their communities by spending time outside and breaking ground for others to do the same.
Jun 13, 2018
One Step at a Time: Karla Amador
Could a hike a week change your life? Interview with Karla Amador, co-founder of 52 Hike Challenge. We talk about why she chose to hike 52 times in a year, how It helped clarify what she wanted out of work and life, and how a feeling of accomplishment can carry with you long after the trail.
Jun 06, 2018
Perfectly Capable of Climbing: Kareemah Batts
Kareemah Batts is a cancer survivor and the founder of Adaptive Climbing Group. After finding climbing after losing part of her leg to cancer, Kareemah wanted to share the feeling she has on the wall with others. She's done with sympathy, she just wants to climb.
May 30, 2018
Fat and Outdoorsy: Jenny Bruso
Jenny Bruso is the founder of Unlikely Hikers. Her work is rooted in her belief that there is room for every body on the trail.
May 23, 2018
Finding Nature in the In-Between: Simone Martin-Newberry
Simone Martin-Newberry is a plant person. And the attention she pays to flora has led to her discovery that contrary to what most media would have you believe, nature is everywhere - especially if you're open to finding it.
May 16, 2018
Playing to Her Strengths
In climbing, it's key trust yourself and your community. Discover what it's like to attend the Flash Foxy Women's Climbing Festival through the ears of a beginner. Jaymie Shearer takes us to Bishop, CA to climb, contemplate, and learn some life lessons.
May 09, 2018
When You Just Have to Laugh
Those moments on the trail when you just have to laugh because it's the only way forward. Live storytelling of mishaps in the outdoors and an interview with Marielle Cowdin of Oregon Wild. Recorded at the Columbia Flagship store in Portland, OR.
Apr 25, 2018
Risk Takers
What happens when we take risks when we’re spending time outside? How does it pay off and when does it backfire? These are your stories of taking risks in the outdoors.
Apr 18, 2018
All In: Sarah Menzies
Sarah Menzies is all in. Whether it's her adventure documentary film career or her relationships, Sarah is fully committed to following through on giving back to others. Sarah’s story is about what she would do for her many loves, and in turn, and what they would do for her.
Apr 11, 2018
Offline: In Open Air
What happens when we go offline for a camping and hiking trip in the Olympic Peninsula with a plein air painter and a food blogger? We get really inspired.
Apr 04, 2018
HumaNature: The Hunt
Jessi Johnson is a bowhunter and a public lands advocate. This week we're presenting a story from the HumaNature podcast about how one backcountry trip lead her on a heartbreaking odyssey.
Mar 28, 2018
The Girls behind 'Granite Gals'
Sisters Alex and Sage Herr have been summiting peaks in the White Mountains since they were 5 years old. Now 15 and almost 13, respectively, their enthusiasm for hiking has remained the same as ever. Proof that for all the activities we grow out of in life, there’s no saying you have to grow out of hiking.
Mar 21, 2018
Are you allowed to change your dream?
Maybe it's a list of mountains to climb, or debt to repay, or a family to grow - we all tuck dreams in the back of our minds. And yet the older we get, the more we realize that life gets in the way. Many of us end up looking in the mirror and asking the scariest of questions: Am I allowed to change my dream?
Mar 07, 2018
Abuela Afuera: Grandmother Outside
Caro Luevanos-Garcia believes the key to closing the gaps between generations can be found in the outdoors. And she also believes the inverse: that people across generations can find the outdoors with the help of each other.
Feb 28, 2018
An (Adventure) Book Club for the 21st Century
A book is often just a jumping off point to talk about other topics we care deeply about. In this episode, we bring mountain guide and writer Charlotte Austin's Adventure Grapes Online Book Club to life. Along with Charlotte and outdoor author Shawnté Salabert, host Gale Straub discusses questions of gender roles in the outdoors and adventure narratives, as well as the outdoors' role in mental health issues.
Feb 21, 2018
What They Have In Common: Pure Land
Interview with Annette McGivney, author of Pure Land. When she says she has something in common with a murderer, she’s right. And she also has something in common with a tourist from Japan, as well as the American landscape. Annette's is a story of trauma, healing, and connection. While there's darkness, there's a whole lot of light.
Feb 14, 2018
Fifty Plus
What is it like to enjoy the outdoors after the age of 50? We asked and you answered.
Jan 31, 2018
Native Connection to the Land: Jaylyn Gough
Interview with Jaylyn Gough, Navajo outdoors woman and founder of Native Women's Wilderness. Jaylyn has found strength and healing in the outdoors in her life: in fact, it's come second nature. She talks about why she shares her connection with the land with other Native Americans, how non-natives can support her work, and her long term vision for Native Women's Wilderness.
Jan 24, 2018
Commitment and Community: Nicole Brown
Nicole Brown is founder of Women Who Hike. In October, she set out to hike Southern California's three highest mountains in 24 hours. Nicole was confident leading up to the challenge, but very little went according to plan. Learn about the power of her community, living (and hiking) with a chronic autoimmune disease, and committing to a challenge, even when success might just be out of reach.
Jan 17, 2018
Never Too Late to Become a Mountain Nomad
After 15 years working a practicing lawyer, Marinel de Jesus decided to leave her legal career to pursue her love of the mountains and run her trekking company, Peak Explorations, full time. Marinel’s is a story of great cultural expectations: after a childhood growing up in the Philippines, Marinel moved to Seattle at the age of 13. Her parents instilled in her the importance of stability: finding a good job, marrying, having a family. As the only daughter, she was closely protected and encouraged not to take risks. Find out how Marinel started listening to her inner voice, taking groups on treks around the world, and using her skills to advocate for others.
Jan 10, 2018
Her Legacy
We travel to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia to create a story about the visible impact we leave behind on the country we live in and the countries we visit.
Dec 13, 2017
Great Lakes, Greater Goals: Traci Lynn Martin
Traci Lynn Martin is currently attempting two big goals: 1) to set a new world record for number of miles paddled in a surfski kayak 2) to be the first to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in that kayak within 12 months. These are seriously big goals, but to Traci, they're just a series of little goals to show other people with Rheumatoid Arthritis what they could achieve, too.
Dec 06, 2017
Where is Wilderness?
Last winter Emma Hayward reached out to ask Gale, "What does wilderness mean to you?" Emma was working on her senior thesis project. As an environmental science major with a love for the ocean, she wanted to dig into not only the "what" of wilderness, but the "where."
Nov 29, 2017
Cerebral Palsy Strong: Katy Fetters
We talk with Katy Fetters, founder of the movement Cerebral Palsy Strong, about how she's found adaptability and vulnerability to be her strengths on the trail, overlanding in South America, and in every day life.
Nov 22, 2017
The Unexpected of the Cave
There's magic to be found in a small park. Writer Korrin Bishop shares Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve through the voices of three women: park superintendent Vicki Snitzler, interpretive ranger Kat Gans, and artist Jean Robertson.
Nov 08, 2017
When a Run is Not Just a Run: Olympian Sarah Attar
Sarah Attar, the first female runner to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, believes in the intimacy of learning a landscape on your own two feet. We talk with Sarah about the inspiration she finds in the mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, the power of tuning in to your speaking voice, and the recognition that every hill you climb and every accomplishment you make becomes a part of you.
Oct 25, 2017
Doing the Work: Adventure Photographer Kylie Fly
We talk with Kylie Fly about how she's creating her own career in the outdoor industry as an adventure photographer, when it's right to say no to opportunities, and why for her, people always come first.
Oct 18, 2017
Tired But Happy, Together
Host Gale takes her twin sister Lora backpacking for the very first time. They spend the night in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The hope? To be tired but happy, together.
Oct 11, 2017
A Moment of Growth
The smallest moments can have a real impact on our lives. We reflect on those moments in the outdoors, in the workplace, and in our personal lives. we hear from a solo sailor approaching fifty years old, an adventure photographer on a mission to learn how to surf, an entrepreneur letting go after a loss, and a cancer survivor celebrating with a hike - among others.
Oct 04, 2017
Permission Slip
Ever feel like you need permission to try something new? We talk with Amanda Machado, author of the Vox essay "The Strangeness of Being a Latina who Loves Hiking."
Aug 30, 2017
On the trail, is confidence good, bad, or something in between? We talk with Lisa Michelle, a woman who lost her hiking partner tragically while hiking solo. We discover how Lisa is able to reconcile still doing what she loves when there's risk involved.
Aug 23, 2017
Out There: High On Failure
Can failure bring out the best in you? We're excited to share one of our favorite outdoor podcasts with you, "Out There Podcast." This week, we chat with host Willow Belden and share her award-winning episode, "High On Failure," which is all about one woman's attempt at a 550 mile trail race.
Aug 16, 2017
On Paper
What do you do when your life looks great "on paper" but it isn't the life you want? We talk with Shelby Stanger, journalist and host of the podcast "Wild Ideas Worth Living" about what she gained when she left a high paying job 9 years ago.
Aug 09, 2017
Carving Out a Home of Her Own
Crystal Brindle is the park ranger only child of two park rangers. She was born to work for the National Park Service in the United States, so why did she decide to start a career as a biodiversity ranger in New Zealand? After a whole life on the move, Crystal found a home of her own.
Aug 02, 2017
Complicating the Narrative: the Women's Outdoor Summit for Empowerment
What's top of mind for women in the outdoor space right now? We go to the inaugural "Women's Outdoor Summit for Empowerment" in the Presidio of San Francisco with that question in the back of our mind. We find out that "empowerment" is more dynamic than the story we often tell ourselves.
Jul 26, 2017
More Than Lyme: Redefining Strength
We talk with Chloe O’Neill, founder of "More Than Lyme." She’s had Lyme Disease for most of her young life. For Chloe, the vague, intermittent, but often debilitating symptoms of the disease have impacted her life view in both negative and remarkably positive ways. Stay tuned for the end of the episode, there's a sneak peak of our new podcast, "Women on the Road," hosted by Laura Hughes.
Jul 12, 2017
When to Hold On (and When to Let Go)
Annie Nyborg isn’t an entrepreneur or an extreme athlete or a thru hiker. She’s as passionate about the environment as she is about spending time in the back country as she is about being a mother. After years of feeling like the “grass was greener” everywhere but where she was - Annie let go of her expectations and in doing so, found the closest thing possible to the life work she was searching for.
Jul 05, 2017
Laying the Groundwork: Starting Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps
Agnes Vianzon has been working hard. After years of experience with the California Conservation Corps (CCC), Agnes decided to take start her own Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps, self-described as a youth and young adult "development and leadership program committed to building a stronger and more inclusive community... through transformational backcountry experiences."
Jun 28, 2017
Sisters in Persistence
Sisters Julie Hotz and Shelly Blacketer grew up together in rural Texas but took very separate paths. Living 1,500 miles away, they decided to train for their first race together: a half-ironman. This episode is kind of about that race, but it's more about two sisters coming together in a novel way.
Jun 21, 2017
To Dad, From Daughter
How has your dad shaped your experiences in the outdoors? Prompted by a message from a new father, we asked you to share your stories and received a breadth of responses.
Jun 14, 2017
Saving Her Backyard
Bridgette Meinhold is selling landscape artwork to help save her backyard: Bonanza Flats, 1,350 acres of alpine meadows near Park City, Utah. Bridgette, fellow residents and nonprofits have until June 15th to close a $15M gap to help the town secure the land and conserve it.
Jun 07, 2017
Finding Balance in the Hustle with Sarah Knapp
Striking out on your own means a whole lot of hustling. We interview Sarah Knapp, the founder of OutdoorFest and Mappy Hour about how she got started, how she finds time, and how she's learning to appreciate an accomplishment before moving onto her next goal.
May 24, 2017
Climber, Activist, Entrepreneur, and Feminist: Shelma Jun, founder of Flash Foxy
Interview with Shelma Jun, founder of Flash Foxy, the Women's Climbing Festival, and the Never Not Collective. We talk with Shelma about the ripple effect of starting small in a place that she knew: the climbing community.
May 17, 2017
Wild & Weightless: Quieting the Voice of Disordered Eating with the Help of the Outdoors
Interview with "Wild and Weightless" founder Kristen Ales. We talk about her personal experiences at a young age with binge eating disorder and anorexia, how she's quieted that voice in her head, and how she's driven to help others with eating disorders through wilderness therapy.
May 10, 2017
Women of 5Point Adventure Film Festival
On April 20th, we headed to Carbondale, CO for our first adventure film festival. We talked to its founder, Julie Kennedy, and five creative women who find inspiration in its community. We learn about the trends in adventure filmmaking and the importance of seeking out the people and places that motivate you to create.
May 03, 2017
The Power of Showing Up: CEO Haley Robison
Haley Robison, CEO of the hammock and tent company Kammok, believes in the power of play, type 2 fun, and most importantly: showing up. We interview her about how her 20's took her from being a consultant at Bain to a wilderness guide to getting her masters. Now a CEO at a startup, Haley shares her insights on breaking into a new industry and finding comfort in the uncomfortable.
Apr 26, 2017
Taking Shape: Making Outside Magazine's Women's Issue
We interview Outside Magazine's deputy editor Mary Turner and art & photography director Hannah McCaughey about their women's XX factor issue.
Apr 19, 2017
A Safe Space: Mental Health & the Outdoors
A discussion on the ways spending time outside impacts our mental health. We interview Florence Williams, author of "The Nature Fix" and Sonya Pevzner, who blogs about anxiety and depression as it relates to the outdoors.
Apr 05, 2017
Small Beauty on the Appalachian Trail : Rahawa Haile
Following the blazes and looking up at the clouds. Interview with Rahawa Haile, author of the essay "How Black Books Lit My Way Along the Appalachian Trail" on Buzzfeed.
Mar 22, 2017
No Straight Paths: Erin Outdoors
Because it's OK to not have it all figured out. We interview Erin Sullivan, the writer behind "Erin Outdoors" about finding your path (in the outdoors and otherwise) through vulnerability, saying no, and self-awareness.
Mar 08, 2017
Conservation and Experience: Jerryne Cole
Jerryne "Jerri" Cole believes experience is key to conservation of public and private land. For Jerri, a lifetime of connection to nature has correlated to a lifetime of stewardship for the natural world.
Feb 22, 2017
Finding Your Voice to Speak for Public Land - Katie Boué
Learn how you can help protect the outdoors you love by using social media. We interview Katie Boué about how you can use the phone in your pocket to enact real-life change in an ever-changing landscape.
Feb 08, 2017
Weekend Warrior: Paulina Dao
Weekend climbing, camping, hiking, and backpacking is not so different from going it "full time." Meet Paulina Dao, the blogger behind "Little Grunts" and an honest advocate for spending time outside.
Jan 25, 2017
Backcountry Bonding: Trail Mavens & Wild Women's Project
Bringing women together in the outdoors. Meet Sasha Cox, founder of Trail Mavens, and Amanda Goad, founder of Wild Women's Project, two very different companies whose missions are built on backcountry bonding.
Jan 11, 2017
Towards a More Inclusive Outdoors: What We Can Do
Communication, activism, and reflection. In the second part of our series on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors, we talk with experts to provide practical steps for how organizations AND individuals can cultivate a more inclusive outdoor space.
Dec 21, 2016
Kim Vawter: After the PCT
Real life lessons learned while thru hiking. We interview Kimberly Vawter, who quit her job as a school principal in Los Angeles to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Dec 14, 2016
The Women of Wylder
Entrepreneurship, sustainable outdoor gear, and making a difference: a new kind of outdoor retail company. We talk with the women of Wylder Goods, which just launched this week. Featuring co-founders Jainee Dial & Lindsey Elliott as well as Gina Peters.
Nov 30, 2016
Diversity: "Beyond the Buzzword"
The outdoors and diversity, equity, & inclusion. We team up with Liz Song from Snowqueen and Scout to investigate the many barriers that a diverse group of people from enjoying and embracing the outdoors.
Nov 23, 2016
Carrot Quinn: After the PCT
Hope, empowerment, and appreciation. Carrot Quinn, author of "Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart", teaches us lessons from the trail and reminds us that WE have the power to change the world we live in.
Nov 09, 2016
Part 2: Adventuring with Kids
The benefits and challenges to getting outdoors with your kids. We interview Shanti Hodges, founder of "Hike It Baby", as well as Aly Nicklas and Alisa Geisler, cofounders of "Born Wild Project."
Oct 31, 2016
Part 1: Adventuring with Kids
What moms don't talk about enough: adventuring while pregnant, postpartum, and beyond.
Oct 20, 2016
After the PCT: Karen Wang
Injury, community, and gratitude. We interview Karen Wang two weeks after she left the Pacific Crest Trail just shy of Crater Lake in Oregon. There's a lot out there about what it's like to hike a famous thru-hike, but what is it like when you get home? How do you deal if life throws you an injury? How do you assimilate to city life after months in the wilderness? Karen Wang is the first of three interviews that focus on life "After the PCT."
Oct 13, 2016
Alone on the Trail
This episode is about going it alone in the outdoors. As women, we're often advised to exercise extra caution when we go solo. We wanted to create an episode that is motivating to other women to get out there on our own, whether it's hiking, camping, or backpacking.
Sep 28, 2016
Fresh Air on the Job
Profiling women who work or who have worked for the National Park or US Forest Service.
Sep 12, 2016
Women Outdoors, Online
The best part about the internet? Real communities and businesses are built there. It's one place that movements can be made visible. While the "outdoors" and "online" can seem like an oxymoron, social media and other online platforms have enabled women to ignite change within the outdoor space. Even in the wilderness, we are never too far from technology. And while that can be a negative thing, this episode explores the positives that spring from women outdoors, online.
Aug 29, 2016
Creatives on the Road
Aug 11, 2016
Origin Story
What is the backstory of Host Gale Straub explains why she started She Explores with the help of some contributors.
Jul 28, 2016
Micro Episode: Listeners Answer the Question - How do the outdoors make you feel?
We compiled listener submitted voice memos that describe how the outdoors make them feel. Some adjectives used include: inspired, energetic, connected, healed, calm... The list goes on. Music by Alyssa Hands, Portrayal, and MindsEye.
Jul 21, 2016
"Being Here": How the Outdoors Make Us Feel
Interview with adventure writer Hilary Oliver about her short film, "Being Here." We talk about her motivation to create the film, how she felt about sharing it with the world, and how she sees adventure films changing for the better. We also include listener voice memos about how the outdoors make them feel.
Jul 14, 2016
On Fear #2: Human Powered Travel
Interview with Julie Hotz, a videographer and photographer in favor of human-powered travel. She bike-packed from Los Angeles, CA to Glacier National Park and then hiked the Pacific Northwest Trail to the Pacific Ocean.
Jun 30, 2016
On Fear: Beginner Backpacking and Kickstarters
Interviews with Liz Song, founder of Snowqueen and Scout, and Rachel Goldfarb of @IdleTheoryBus. We talk about the fear associated with taking big leaps - because starting a podcast is a little scary.
Jun 15, 2016
About She Explores
Host Gale Straub shares what She Explores is all about.
Jun 15, 2016