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Out There
Out There
Willow Belden

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

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Building Self-Confidence

Maya Kroth’s goal for the New Year was to build self-confidence, and she decided to start by taking herself snowboarding.... more

04 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Closing the Gender Gap

Women are often told we can do anything we want in life: ride bikes, scale cliffs, surf waves. But in... more

30 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
The Flood

This is a story about fear. It makes sense to be scared when we're facing danger. But what happens when... more

02 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Learning to Swim

Learning something new as an adult can be daunting, especially when it's something that a lot of people have been... more

13 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
Excavating Grief

Mykella Van Cooten was angry, and she didn’t know why. It got so bad that she... more

29 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Ice Swimming

In Finland, it’s commonplace to go swimming in the winter — outdoors. The practice offers surprising mental-health benefits, and it... more

15 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Queer in Appalachia

As a nonbinary person, Newt Schottelkotte never felt at home in Appalachia. But then, they went on a road trip... more

01 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Rekindling Hope

Carolyn McDonald's depression had gotten so bad that she couldn’t see a way forward. Then, one particularly miserable day, she... more

18 May 2023 · 29 minutes

We’ve all had moments when we feel lost. Sometimes it’s literal; sometimes it's emotional. Either way, it’s unnerving. And lonely. This... more

04 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Living Without Hope

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, there’s often a flood of difficult emotions. Grief. Depression. Learning to live... more

20 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
Secrets of the Earth

This season, we’re exploring the theme SECRETS OF THE EARTH. Each episode, we’ll share a story about an outdoor experience... more

06 Apr 2023 · 2 minutes
This Is How You Win the Time War

Clock time is a human invention. So it shouldn’t be a box that confines us; it should be a tool... more

02 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
Notes in the Trees

Most parents would never consider leaving their kids in the dark woods at night, and letting them find their way... more

02 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Fallen Sky

“Fallen Sky,” a work of installation art at New York’s Storm King Art Center, is like a moon map etched... more

12 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
Fear is the Thing with Fins

Fear is a powerful indicator that something could hurt us. But sometimes, the fear itself is... more

01 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
High on Failure

Every year, in the mountains of Vermont, a group of ultra runners gather for a 550-mile race called Infinitus. It’s... more

10 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Pedaling and Paddling

Dewey Gallegos and Jessica Flock bonded over their passion for the outdoors. But the thing they had in common was... more

20 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
The Instinct to Kill

When Sam Anderson’s father invited him to go hunting for the first time, Sam was worried. What if he couldn’t... more

29 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
Too Poor to Dream?

We often hear that “the outdoors is free.” But for Charlsie Shaver, just driving to a trailhead was often cost-prohibitive;... more

08 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
Selfless Acts

Why are some people overly generous? On this episode, we visit with a “trail angel" (someone who offers free food,... more

18 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Blue Dive

Tiffany Duong had achieved the pinnacle of success: she’d finished law school, worked for a big firm in LA, and... more

28 Jul 2022 · 38 minutes
Failure in Success

In 2015, Out There host Willow Belden signed up for a 70-mile mountain bike race. She had always liked big... more

07 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Moral Compass

How do you decide whether to leave someone for dead? This is the story of a trip up Mt. Everest,... more

16 Jun 2022 · 38 minutes
Nature's Nostalgia

A preview of our summer season! SUPPORT OUT THERE: Become a patron Click here to see the full show... more

09 Jun 2022 · 3 minutes
Adult-Onset Hunting

The number of Americans hunting and fishing is declining, but women are bucking the trend. On this guest episode from... more

26 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Beach Bum

It’s healthy to know who you are. But sometimes, defining yourself too rigidly can be problematic. On this episode, Bo... more

12 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Introducing Not Lost

Here’s a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you’ve never been from our... more

04 May 2022 · 4 minutes
Never Enough

When we lose a loved one, many of us seek healing from the outdoors. But what happens when the weather... more

28 Apr 2022 · 37 minutes
Measuring Up

It’s easy to measure achievements based on what other people are doing. But how do you know what you should... more

14 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes

We often go outside to get away from our problems. But escapism has its limits. On this episode, we share... more

31 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
Pamper Your Brain

Ziyi Xu spent so much time on her phone that it was ruining her focus and productivity. Then, one night... more

17 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Climate Language

Last year, the term ‘climate crisis’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The words we use to talk about... more

10 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
America's Best Idea?

National Parks are often referred to as “America’s best idea.” And there’s a lot to love about them. But they... more

03 Mar 2022 · 43 minutes
Pandemic Sundays

Church was Angie Chatman's sanctuary, both literally and figuratively. So when the pandemic began, and she couldn’t attend services in... more

17 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Indoor Kid

After attending a wilderness therapy program, Sarah Dealy was intent on becoming a rugged outdoorswoman. But the transformation didn’t work... more

03 Feb 2022 · 43 minutes
The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Think of this episode as a pre-season treat. We reached out to listeners and fellow podcasters and asked: “What is... more

27 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
Things I Thought I Knew

We're launching a new season! Here's a sneak peak. Support Out There: Become a patron on Patreon

20 Jan 2022 · 3 minutes
Fear and Leadership in the Mountains

How many times have we been told the story of the fearless leader — in work, in politics, in the... more

13 Jan 2022 · 40 minutes
Too Good To Be True?

In 2001, Donna Martino stuck a newspaper clipping on her fridge. It was a photo of a handsome kayaker paddling... more

16 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
The Art of Loving Yourself

Melat Amha had been struggling with chronic illness for years, when she decided to move to an organic farm in... more

02 Dec 2021 · 35 minutes
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After attending a wilderness therapy program, Sarah Dealy was intent on becoming a rugged outdoorswoman. But the transformation didn’t work out as... more