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Out There

Willow Belden

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Out There

Out There

Willow Belden

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Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.

Latest Episodes

The Sweetness of Suffering

Everyone suffers. Sometimes it’s obvious; other times it’s less visible. But it’s inevitable that we’ll suffer at some point in our lives. And typically, we hate it. But what if hardships serve a purpose? What if the struggles we try so hard to avoid could actually enhance our lives? On this episode, Megan McLaughlin takes us from Big Bend National Park to the forests of Arkansas, and explains how she has found sweetness, both in miserable outdoor experiences, and in a cancer diagnosis.

22 MIN6 d ago
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The Sweetness of Suffering

Acceptance

Growing up in an emotionally abusive household, Meg Atteberry yearned for her parents’ approval. But no matter how hard she tried, the message was always the same: you are not enough. The emotional scars from her upbringing lingered long into adulthood. Then one day, Meg took a dangerous fall while rock climbing. On this episode, Meg shares the story of how the accident changed her relationship with climbing, and with her parents, in surprising ways.

27 MIN2 w ago
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Acceptance

Alex Honnold's Mother

Dierdre Wolownick is the oldest woman to have climbed El Capitan. She’s also a teacher, a musician, a marathon runner — and mother to renowned rock climber Alex Honnold. On this episode, we talk with Dierdre about what it was like raising Alex. We discuss her efforts to keep Alex safe, without stifling his love for climbing. We talk about the difference between risk and consequence. And we explore Dierdre’s own journey to becoming a climber.

31 MIN3 w ago
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Alex Honnold's Mother

Becoming Better Allies

Black Lives Matter. The events that have been unfolding over the past few weeks have made it very clear that all of us need to be doing much more to actively fight racism. One way that Out There can help is to use our platform to amplify BIPOC voices. The outdoors should be a place where anyone can go, without fearing violence, harassment, or discrimination. On this episode, we talk about what we, as a podcast, commit to doing, to become part of the solution rather than adding to the problem.

10 MINJUN 11
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Becoming Better Allies

Birding While Black

The events that have been unfolding across the United States over the past weeks have driven home once again that simply existing carries risks if you have dark skin. Many of us like to think that nature is an equalizer — a place to escape the injustices of society. But it’s not so simple. On this bonus episode, producer Jackie Sojico bring you a story that first aired several years ago. It’s about ornithologist and birder Drew Lanham and his quest to pursue his passion outdoors as a POC.

18 MINJUN 4
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Birding While Black

Vanlife and COVID

Amber McDaniel lives on the road full-time. She and her partner are both freelance writers, so working remotely isn’t a problem for them. And they love the freedom to spend their days in America’s most beautiful natural places. But what happens to van lifers when a pandemic hits? Where do you go, when campgrounds and public lands start to close? On this episode, Amber joins us to talk about “staying home” when you don’t have a home.

22 MINMAY 28
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Vanlife and COVID

Beginners

On this bonus episode, we bring you tales from Out There’s live storytelling night earlier this month. Each story touches on the theme of being a beginner in the outdoors. Ashley White shares the story of his son’s injury on their first-ever backpacking trip together; Jessica Taylor explores the lessons she’s learning as she transitions from life in a house to a life on the road; and Natasha Buffo reflects on the intertwined experiences of falling in love with backpacking and losing a parent.

34 MINMAY 21
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Beginners

Going It Alone

Melanie Chambers loved traveling alone. So when she set off on a four-month solo bicycle trip through Japan and Korea, she wasn’t worried. But almost immediately, loneliness set in. On this episode, Melanie shares her story. It’s a story of trying to prove yourself, of discovering the limits of your independence, and of making sense of a worldview that prizes self sufficiency.

26 MINMAY 14
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Going It Alone

A Sneak Peak at our Live Show

When Out There turned five earlier this year, we promised to throw a party. That party is happening tomorrow, in the form of a live storytelling night. The theme for the evening is “beginners,” and five storytellers from across the country will share personal tales of first times in the outdoors. On this bonus episode, we give you a taste of what you can expect if you join us.

4 MINMAY 7
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A Sneak Peak at our Live Show

Coping with Cancelled Dreams

Susan Conrad was supposed to begin a three-month expedition up the Inside Passage on May 16. But like so many plans that have been derailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, her voyage has been cancelled. On this episode, we talk with Susan about how she’s coping with a disappointment of this magnitude.

26 MINAPR 30
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Coping with Cancelled Dreams

Latest Episodes

The Sweetness of Suffering

Everyone suffers. Sometimes it’s obvious; other times it’s less visible. But it’s inevitable that we’ll suffer at some point in our lives. And typically, we hate it. But what if hardships serve a purpose? What if the struggles we try so hard to avoid could actually enhance our lives? On this episode, Megan McLaughlin takes us from Big Bend National Park to the forests of Arkansas, and explains how she has found sweetness, both in miserable outdoor experiences, and in a cancer diagnosis.

22 MIN6 d ago
Comments
The Sweetness of Suffering

Acceptance

Growing up in an emotionally abusive household, Meg Atteberry yearned for her parents’ approval. But no matter how hard she tried, the message was always the same: you are not enough. The emotional scars from her upbringing lingered long into adulthood. Then one day, Meg took a dangerous fall while rock climbing. On this episode, Meg shares the story of how the accident changed her relationship with climbing, and with her parents, in surprising ways.

27 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Acceptance

Alex Honnold's Mother

Dierdre Wolownick is the oldest woman to have climbed El Capitan. She’s also a teacher, a musician, a marathon runner — and mother to renowned rock climber Alex Honnold. On this episode, we talk with Dierdre about what it was like raising Alex. We discuss her efforts to keep Alex safe, without stifling his love for climbing. We talk about the difference between risk and consequence. And we explore Dierdre’s own journey to becoming a climber.

31 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Alex Honnold's Mother

Becoming Better Allies

Black Lives Matter. The events that have been unfolding over the past few weeks have made it very clear that all of us need to be doing much more to actively fight racism. One way that Out There can help is to use our platform to amplify BIPOC voices. The outdoors should be a place where anyone can go, without fearing violence, harassment, or discrimination. On this episode, we talk about what we, as a podcast, commit to doing, to become part of the solution rather than adding to the problem.

10 MINJUN 11
Comments
Becoming Better Allies

Birding While Black

The events that have been unfolding across the United States over the past weeks have driven home once again that simply existing carries risks if you have dark skin. Many of us like to think that nature is an equalizer — a place to escape the injustices of society. But it’s not so simple. On this bonus episode, producer Jackie Sojico bring you a story that first aired several years ago. It’s about ornithologist and birder Drew Lanham and his quest to pursue his passion outdoors as a POC.

18 MINJUN 4
Comments
Birding While Black

Vanlife and COVID

Amber McDaniel lives on the road full-time. She and her partner are both freelance writers, so working remotely isn’t a problem for them. And they love the freedom to spend their days in America’s most beautiful natural places. But what happens to van lifers when a pandemic hits? Where do you go, when campgrounds and public lands start to close? On this episode, Amber joins us to talk about “staying home” when you don’t have a home.

22 MINMAY 28
Comments
Vanlife and COVID

Beginners

On this bonus episode, we bring you tales from Out There’s live storytelling night earlier this month. Each story touches on the theme of being a beginner in the outdoors. Ashley White shares the story of his son’s injury on their first-ever backpacking trip together; Jessica Taylor explores the lessons she’s learning as she transitions from life in a house to a life on the road; and Natasha Buffo reflects on the intertwined experiences of falling in love with backpacking and losing a parent.

34 MINMAY 21
Comments
Beginners

Going It Alone

Melanie Chambers loved traveling alone. So when she set off on a four-month solo bicycle trip through Japan and Korea, she wasn’t worried. But almost immediately, loneliness set in. On this episode, Melanie shares her story. It’s a story of trying to prove yourself, of discovering the limits of your independence, and of making sense of a worldview that prizes self sufficiency.

26 MINMAY 14
Comments
Going It Alone

A Sneak Peak at our Live Show

When Out There turned five earlier this year, we promised to throw a party. That party is happening tomorrow, in the form of a live storytelling night. The theme for the evening is “beginners,” and five storytellers from across the country will share personal tales of first times in the outdoors. On this bonus episode, we give you a taste of what you can expect if you join us.

4 MINMAY 7
Comments
A Sneak Peak at our Live Show

Coping with Cancelled Dreams

Susan Conrad was supposed to begin a three-month expedition up the Inside Passage on May 16. But like so many plans that have been derailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, her voyage has been cancelled. On this episode, we talk with Susan about how she’s coping with a disappointment of this magnitude.

26 MINAPR 30
Comments
Coping with Cancelled Dreams

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