If you need a bit of a pick-me-up when it comes to adventuring, but don’t necessarily have the time to drive off into the sunset each weekend, simply pop your ear buds in.
There is no shortage of outdoor/adventure podcasts available for free listening, but don’t waste your time sifting through episodes or series that aren’t feeding your wanderlust fuel. Rather, we’ve got six of the best podcasts to get you pumped and prepared for the outdoors.
For the Adventuress: “She Explores”
“She Explores” is a self-proclaimed resource for the growing outdoorswoman and doesn’t disappoint with any of its content – whether that’s personal essays and interviews on how the average woman’s life has changed because of getting outside, or highlighting artists that use nature to inspire.
The podcast includes stories and interviews with women who live their lives for the outdoors. As Straub says, the podcast is often about the outdoors, but it's more often about life, including entrepreneurship, solo adventuring, eating disorders, diversity and inclusion, and aging.
Episodes average around 40 minutes with new episodes every Wednesday. (“She Explores” also has a sister podcast, “Women on the Road,” about van life that comes out twice weekly.)
For Gearheads: “The Adventure Podcast”
New episodes come out every Wednesday, and cover current news in endurance racing, mountaineering, and exploration – think Everest happenings, National Park news, how to pack a pack correctly for your own expedition – and includes interviews with athletes in the outdoor space.
At the end of each episode, you’ll get a quick session about gear and any favorite recs that are currently on Becker and Adlard’s minds. Episodes are around 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.
For Backpackers: “The First 40 Miles”
“The First 40 Miles” is a podcast perfect for newbie backpackers and veterans alike to learn the basics of backpacking (like what essentials to pack, what to ditch, or how to lighten your load).
With 182 episodes, hosts Heather and Josh cover the gamut of backpacking while digging into details like zero-waste backpacking, winter trips, what to do with a tarp, and even how to raise the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Episodes average around 35 minutes and are released every Tuesday.
For Travel: “Wild Ideas Worth Living”
If you’ve ever wanted to take a wild idea and turn it into a reality, this is your podcast. “Wild Ideas Worth Living,” run by Shelby Stanger, is for the part-time adventurer and part-time entrepreneur; for the person who needs that little push of confidence to quit their job and move to their dream locale.
The series includes interviews from celebs of the outdoor industry (like Cheryl Strayed and Burton CEO Donna Carpenter) and delves into how each of these people overcame their fear and self-doubt to live their wild.
For Climbers: “Alpinist”
Alpinist is a quarterly magazine that covers all things climbing and in a range of mediums, like investigative journalism, creative writing, photography, and now a podcast. In the “Alpinist” podcast (which has new episodes about once or twice a month) you’ll listen to big name climbers like Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Bree Loewen discuss their past, present, and future adventures.
The podcast also includes other stories and current issues that educate and bring together the climbing community. Episodes range from about 30-to-40 minutes long.
Honorable Mention: “Juicy Bits”
“Juicy Bits” is a podcast run by Jen and Jillian, a duo from the game-changing team at Coalition Snow. If you haven’t heard, Coalition Snow has amped up women’s ski gear since the company started in 2014. Their podcast, Juicy Bits, is no less stellar than their women-specific gear and their movement for the #sisterhoodofshred.
Topics include to wax or not to wax, interviews with professional skiers like Michelle Parker, and other juicy talks that you’d have with your girlfriends over a glass (or three) of wine. Juicy Bits has two new episodes every month that run about 25-to-35 minutes long.
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