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Inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and besides. A podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside.

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Inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and besides. A podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside.
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-05-22 14:47
last episode published
2019-05-22 05:28
publication frequency
9.56 days
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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 opport...
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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. Diandr...
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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.
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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 carv...
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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 ...
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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 artwor...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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99 - Making Time for Nature

How to make time for nature, even in the winter season.
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98 - 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.
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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 ann...
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97 - 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...
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96 - 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 year...
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95 - 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.
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94 - Looking Forward in Our Outdoor Lives

What we're looking forward to in our outdoor lives.
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93 - 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 ...
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92 - 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 o...
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91 - 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 fir...
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90 - What We Have to Give

What we have (and want) to give to ourselves and to others is often clarified through time outside.
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89 - 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 ...
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88 - 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.
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87 - 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.
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86 - 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 ...
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85 - 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.
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84 - 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.
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83 - 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.
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82 - 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-...
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81 - 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 ...
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80 - 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.
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79 - 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.
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78 - 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.
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77 - 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 newfou...
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76 - 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.
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75 - 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.
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74 - 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.
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73 - 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.
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72 - 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 a...
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71 - 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...
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70 - 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.
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69 - 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 ...
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68 - 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 want...
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67 - 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.
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66 - 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.
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65 - 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 lesson...
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64 - 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.
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63 - 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.
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62 - 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...
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