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Come find inspiration with women in the outdoors. Interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping, entrepreneurship, outdoor equity, aging, conservation, motherhood, chronic illness, and more as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.
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Shaandiin Cedar is on the solution side of fighting the climate crisis and invites you to join in, too. A problem-solver by nature, Shaandiin is taking both a bottom-up and a top-down approach to activating climate solutions through her grassroots and corporate sustainability efforts. As an Indigenous woman and the daughter of activists, Shaandin’s commitment to justice for people and the environment is woven into her being. In this episode, we learn that all the technology exists today to help stop the negative effects of climate change - and part of Shaandiin Cedar's work as an associate at Powerhouse fund is helping cleantech companies access capital to harness that technology and help solve the climate crisis. We also learn about all that Shaandiin is doing on a grassroots level to advocate for social and environmental justice - and all that you can do to take action if you have the means to do so.Featured in this episode: Shaandiin Cedar @shaaandiiinHosted & Produced by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Danner & RumplJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode:Shaandiin Cedar: Instagram | LinkedInShaandiin’s writing on GreenBizCompanies & Organization Mentioned in the EpisodePowerhouseNativesOutdoorsNDN CollectiveArticles MentionedGrist: Indigenous Activism in Canada has staved of 25% of US & Canada’s emisions Project Drawdown: Top 100 Climate SolutionsIPCC ReportNative Land AppAbout Powerhouse founder Emily KirschVenture Capital TermsSubscribe to Our NewsletterRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesDanner: Find the right boots for you at Danner.comRumpl: Get 15% off your first order at Rumpl.com with code SHE15 at checkout.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air bi-weekly this fall on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. 
Why We Hunt

Why We Hunt

2021-09-0147:01

For far too long, we were told that Man was the hunter and Woman the gatherer. Are we surprised to have witnessed a “hunting industry” that for decades has only catered to the interests of men? Recent studies actually contradict the beliefs that prehistoric women weren’t hunters and in this episode, residency host Gabaccia Moreno is our guide through the stories and reflections of women who have found a role for hunting in their lives, only about 10,000 years after our predecessors did.To help paint a picture of hunting that reflects a spectrum of perspectives, Gabaccia talked with women from different generations, locations, ethnicities, levels of experience, and choices of weapon. By no means is every woman hunter here represented, but the few that are, have shared valuable lessons that anyone can learn from.This is the fifth of six episodes hosted by Gabaccia Moreno this year as part of our She Explores host residency program.Featured in this episode: Tracy Ross (she/her), Kamilia Elsisie (she/her), Jess Johnson (she/her), Gabi Peña (she/they), Miriam Garcia-Jorns (she/her), and Lydia Parker (she/her); Voice submission from Gabi’s father, Angel Peña.Hosted & Produced by Gabaccia MorenoEdited by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Yonder, Danner, & RumplJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Tracy Ross @heli_girl_1970Kamilia Elsisie: @kamkam520Jess Johnson: @jesscjohnson_Gabi PeñaMiriam Garcia-Jorns: @mgjornsLydia Parker: @lydiaparker123Artemis Sportswomen: Instagram & WebsiteHunters of Color: Instagram & WebsiteHunting + Conservation StatsFemale Hunters in the Early AmericasMan the Hunter, Woman the Gatherer? Nuestra Tierra Ravel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesRumpl: Get 15% off your first order with code “SHE15” at checkout at Rumpl.com.Yonder: Learn more at book a nature-rich stay at Yonder.com.Danner: GO THERE in Danner’s most iconic styles by visiting Danner.com.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. 
In honor of WorldPride, we're revisiting our 2018 conversation with Elyse Rylander. Elyse is the founder and executive director of OUT There Adventures, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering queer young people through their connection with the natural world. Elyse believes nature is a disruptive force for queer youth and hopes to positively foster their identities and love of the outdoors.She's doing so through her nonprofit, OUT There Adventures. By partnering with existing organizations like Outward Bound and Northwest Youth Corps, she's reaching more queer kids and multiplying the potential impact of OUT There's mission. It takes time, energy, and capital to build a nonprofit. Elyse shares the challenges and rewards of the last five years of work and her vision for years to come.Elyse is also a Co-Creator of the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit and is using this opportunity to announce that there are now dates for the 4th summit! Mark your calendar for April 1 - 4, 2022 at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.You can also find this episode as part of the WorldPride Pod Stage, wherever podcasts are found.Featuring: Elyse Rylander, Founder and Executive Director of OUT There Adventures; Co-creator of the LGBTQ Outdoor SummitHosted & Produced by Gale Straub Sponsored by Goodr, Yonder, Rumpl, & PachamamaJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesOut There Adventures: Website & InstagramLGBTQ Outdoor SummitElyse's personal instagramWorldPride Pod Stage Sponsor Websites & Discount CodesGoodr: Head over to www.goodr.com and enter EXPLORE15 at checkout for 15% OFF your entire order.Yonder: Book an escape in nature and find your Yonder at Yonder.com.Rumpl: Get 15% off your first order at Rumpl.com with code SHE15 at checkout.Pachamama CBD: Get 40% off Sleep Well CBD Gummies with code EXPLORE at checkout via pachamamaCBD.com.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Kindness Out There

Kindness Out There

2021-08-1128:14

Your stories of the unexpected kindness you’ve found in the outdoors - from strangers, from nature. We’ve all been finding solace in nature after a hard year, and we wanted to gather your stories to inspire a kinder outdoor world. Of course, as we’ve talked about a lot on the show - the outdoors is not a utopia, or a place we can escape systemic issues. But kindness can create a chain reaction that has long-term impacts for good. Featured in this episode: Helen Wallis, Kelly Hines, Trisha Stull, Ruth Nolan, Lois Van Leer, Hiranya de Alwis Jayasinghe, Jo Ann Hickey, and Andrea Schmuttermaer.Hosted & Produced by Gale StraubAdditional Editorial Support by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Goodr, Yonder, Rumpl, & PachamamaJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Helen Wallis: Instagram @thewalkingtravellerKelly Hines: Instagram @smellyhinesTrisha Stull: Instagram @tjthewildechildRuth Nolan: Instagram & Twitter @ruthnolan  Lois Van LeerHiranya de Alwis JayasingheJo Ann Hickey: Instagram @adkgirl4Andrea Schmuttermaier: Instagram @drea.venturesTrail EtiquetteMelanin Base Camp: 7 Things My White Outdoorsy Friends Don’t Understand About RaceBackpacker: Women in the Backcountry Don’t Need Your HelpClimate CrisisIPCC reportIntersectional Environmentalist’s Summary of the IPCC ReportThe Atlantic “It’s Grim”Grist: UN report places new emphasis on climate tipping pointsRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesGoodr: Head over to www.goodr.com and enter EXPLORE15 at checkout for 15% OFF your entire order.Yonder: Book an escape in nature and find your Yonder at Yonder.com.Rumpl: Get 15% off your first order at Rumpl.com with code SHE15 at checkout.Pachamama CBD: Get 40% off Sleep Well CBD Gummies with code EXPLORE at checkout via pachamamaCBD.com.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Brianne Lauro was born and raised on Hawai’i Island and learned how to hunt, fish, and dive from her father at a young age. She’s carried this passion into adulthood, along with a commitment to honoring all the lands and waters of the island through giving back as they have given to her and her family. In conversation with Gabaccia Moreno, Brianne shares what drives her, how she would like to see the conservation conversation shift, why she’s documenting the knowledge of her family, and her hopes for the future. About Brianne, in her own words: Brianne Lauro is a descendant of Filipino plantation workers and the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Hawai’i fishers and hunters. Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, she learned how to hunt, fish, and dive from her father at a young age, which she continues to do to this day. For generations, Hawai’i’s lands and waters have taken care of her and her family, and she’s committed to a lifetime of reciprocating that gift through conservation. Throughout the past year, Brianne has become a storyteller for her family — documenting and preserving the knowledge and life stories of her loved ones, past and present. In 2020, Brianne was awarded the two most prestigious scholarships established by Congress, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. At her core, Brianne is a lover of family, heritage, local knowledge, and conservation.This is the fourth of six episodes hosted by Gabaccia Moreno this year as part of our She Explores host residency program.Featured in this episode: Brianne Lauro (she/her)Hosted & Produced by Gabaccia MorenoAdditional Support by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Organifi & PachamamaJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Brianne LauroInstagram: @Brianne_LauroRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesOrganifi: Head to Organifi.com/explore and get 20% off your order with code EXPLORE Pachamama CBD: Get 40% off Sleep Well CBD Gummies with code EXPLORE at checkout via pachamamaCBD.com.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Carrot Quinn joins us on the show again to talk about her latest memoir: The Sunset Route. For those who read and loved Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart, The Sunset Route fills in a lot of the backstory. Billed as an adventure memoir, (Carrot spent her early 20’s hopping freight trains and hitchhiking before discovering thru-hiking) the book really shines in telling the story of how Carrot found nurturing, forgiveness, and healing through nature during after a traumatic childhood.In this episode, Gale and Carrot talk about her relationship with adventure today, the vulnerability of putting your story out there, the grief we all carry, the ways Carrot is giving back, and more. Featured in this episode: Carrot Quinn (she/they)Hosted & Produced by Gale StraubAdditional Support by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Goodr, Organifi & PachamamaJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Carrot QuinnInstagram: @CarrotQuinnThe Sunset RouteThru Hiking Will Break Your HeartRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesGoodr: Get 15% off your sunglasses order by using the code EXPLORE15 at checkout at Goodr.com.Organifi: Head to Organifi.com/explore and get 20% off your order with code EXPLORE Pachamama CBD: Get 40% off Sleep Well CBD Gummies with code EXPLORE at checkout via pachamamaCBD.com.Music is licensed through Musicbed.
In our first episode on matrescence, we talked about continuing to carry a love for nature and time outside into pregnancy as we prepare for the major life change of becoming a parent. This episode continues into the next phase in the process, when the much-anticipated birth is over, and we step into this new role and all that it entails, indoors and out.From the tender early days of the fourth trimester, to integrating the outdoors into your little one’s lives as they grow, the postpartum phase of matrescence is a complex period of healing, care-giving, bonding, learning and un-learning. It’s a time that can simultaneously hold grief and ambivalence, and profound joy — all in the same hand.In this episode, we’ll hear from Rukmini Halliwell and Rachel Barrett again, speaking about the early days with their children Zen and Lola, who are now 21 months and 9 months old, respectively. And we’ll also be joined by Jessie Harrold, a coach and a doula who supports women through various rites of passage, including that of matresence. Listen to part 1, available on your feed now.Featured in this episode: Rukmini Halliwell, Rachel Barrett, & Jessie HarroldHosted & Produced by Hailey HirstEditing & production support by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Yonder, Danner, Goodr, & OrganifiJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Rukmini Halliwell: Instagram @rukminihalliwellRachel Barrett: Instagram @luminiousandwildJessie Harrold:  Instagram @jessie.es.harrold | Podcast | WebsiteSubmit Your Story of KindnessMatrescence--What is it?Ravel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesYonder: Get $100 off your first stay with the code SheExplores100 at checkout via Yonder.com.Goodr: Get 15% off your sunglasses order by using the code EXPLORE15 at checkout at Goodr.com.Danner: GO THERE in Danner’s most iconic women's styles by visiting Danner.com.Organifi: Head to organifi.com/explore and use code EXPLORE for 20% off. Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Palinor Velasco has always pursued an adventurous life, even before she found her place in and love for the outdoors. While newly sober, Palinor found healing in climbing and mountain biking, but an accident that affected her mobility made her rethink the levels of risk she’s willing to take on. Luckily for her, having a partner who is also a fly fishing guide got her to try a new way to recreate safely while recovering from surgeries. Fly fishing became her go-to way of getting outside -- and connecting with other women on the water.This is the third of six episodes hosted by Gabaccia Moreno this year as part of our She Explores host residency program.Featured in this episode: Palinor VelascoHosted & Produced by Gabaccia MorenoEditing & Additional Production Support by Gale StraubEditing Support by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Yonder & DannerJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Palinor VelascoInstagram: @Wild_PalinorFounder: @SierraRiverSistersResources Mentioned in this EpisodeOnline Fly Fishing Courses from United Women on The Fly The Basics of Fly Fishing from Orvis Fly Fishing Glossary from Fly Fishers InternationalRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesYonder: Get $100 off your first stay with the code SheExplores100 at checkout via Yonder.com.Organifi: Head to Organifi.com/explore and get 20% off your order with code EXPLORE Danner: GO THERE in Danner’s most iconic women's styles by visiting Danner.com.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Abby Ruhman is a professional makeup artist with Alopecia Totalis who uses her body as a canvas to advocate for change when it comes to outdated beauty standards. Art and creativity are central to the Mountain Games: public art around town, live music happening nightly, the mountainous backdrop of Vail Valley, even photo booths set up for puppy portraits. Abby was a big part of that too, and in her conversation with Gabaccia Moreno - they talk at the Mountain Games about how Abby finds inspiration in nature, provides some tips for those who want to wear makeup into the outdoors, and give us the opportunity to contemplate the artistry we bring with us when we step outside.About the series:Travel with She Explores for a weekend of adventure, art, music, and community at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Through conversations with four women outdoorists and through the ears of first-time Mountain Games attendee Gabaccia Moreno, listeners have the opportunity to experience the games from afar and contemplate adventure in their own lives. This special She Explores miniseries is made in collaboration with the Vail Valley Foundation with support from LifeStraw .Featured in this episode: Abby RuhmanHosted by Gale Straub & Gabaccia MorenoEditing by Gale Straub & Julie HotzA Production of Ravel MediaResources:Featured in this episode:Abby Ruhman: Instagram | TikTokGabaccia Moreno: InstagramAbout Alopecia TotalisLearn more about the GoPro Mountain GamesVail Valley FoundationSponsors:LifestrawNature ValleyGo RVingAll Four Episodes of Voices from the GoPro Mountain Games Are Available Now Wherever You Listen to She ExploresMusic licensed through MusicBedPodcast Art by Hailey Hirst
Ariel Tweto is passionate about taking chances and trying new things in the outdoors -- and sharing her experiences with others. Ariel’s Inupiaq Inuit, born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska. She’s a pilot, a TV personality, and the founder of the nonprofit Popping Bubbles. Ariel’s first time at the Mountain Games gave her the opportunity to compete in her very first e-bike race. That’s one of the cool things about the Mountain Games: people of all experience levels compete together for the sake of community and having fun out there. She and Gabaccia Moreno met up at the Mountain Games to talk about how it went, the new friends she’s made in Vail, and her best advice for listeners looking to embrace nature in their lives. About the series:Travel with She Explores for a weekend of adventure, art, music, and community at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Through conversations with four women outdoorists and through the ears of first-time Mountain Games attendee Gabaccia Moreno, listeners have the opportunity to experience the games from afar and contemplate adventure in their own lives. This special She Explores miniseries is made in collaboration with the Vail Valley Foundation with support from LifeStraw .Featured in this episode: Ariel TwetoHosted by Gale Straub & Gabaccia MorenoA Production of Ravel MediaResources:Featured in this episode:Ariel Tweto: InstagramGabaccia Moreno: InstagramAriel’s NonprofitPopping BubblesLearn more about the GoPro Mountain GamesVail Valley FoundationSponsors:LifestrawNature ValleyGo RVingAll Four Episodes of Voices from the GoPro Mountain Games Are Available Now Wherever You Listen to She ExploresMusic licensed through MusicBedPodcast Art by Hailey Hirst
Emily Jackson is a professional kayaker and a mother of two. Kayaking is in her blood—her dad, Eric Jackson, is a World Champion freestyle kayaker and more often than not, you can find Emily on the water. Emily’s been competing at the Mountain Games for years, and this year she won all three of her events—a first for her. Just as community and competition are a big part of the Mountain Games, so is family. Emily and Gabaccia Moreno talk kayaking, legacy, family support, and making time for it all.About the series:Travel with She Explores for a weekend of adventure, art, music, and community at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Through conversations with four women outdoorists and through the ears of first-time Mountain Games attendee Gabaccia Moreno, listeners have the opportunity to experience the games from afar and contemplate adventure in their own lives. This special She Explores miniseries is made in collaboration with the Vail Valley Foundation with support from LifeStraw .Featured in this episode: Emily JacksonHosted by Gale Straub & Gabaccia MorenoA Production of Ravel MediaResources:Featured in this episode:Emily Jackson: InstagramGabaccia Moreno: InstagramLearn more about the GoPro Mountain GamesVail Valley FoundationSponsors:LifestrawNature ValleyGo RVingAll Four Episodes of Voices from the GoPro Mountain Games Are Available Now Wherever You Listen to She ExploresMusic licensed through MusicBedPodcast Art by Hailey Hirst
Arielle Shipe is someone who shares her health and adventure story for the service of others. She understands that we all have a lifelong relationship with our bodies, and that relationship is changing all the time. This year at the Mountain Games, she taught yoga surrounded by nature, helping participants center themselves and prime their bodies for a day of adventure and community.Arielle and Gabaccia Moreno met up to talk about Arielle’s health journey, her philosophy for reframing your relationship with health, her favorite yoga styles, rescheduling her thru hike, and more.About the series:Travel with She Explores for a weekend of adventure, art, music, and community at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Through conversations with four women outdoorists and through the ears of first-time Mountain Games attendee Gabaccia Moreno, listeners have the opportunity to experience the games from afar and contemplate adventure in their own lives. This special She Explores miniseries is made in collaboration with the Vail Valley Foundation with support from LifeStraw.Featured in this episode: Arielle ShipeHosted by Gale Straub & Gabaccia MorenoA Production of Ravel MediaResources:Featured in this episode:Arielle Shipe: InstagramGabaccia Moreno: InstagramLearn more about the GoPro Mountain GamesVail Valley FoundationSponsors:LifestrawNature ValleyGo RVingAll Four Episodes of Voices from the GoPro Mountain Games Are Available Now Wherever You Listen to She ExploresMusic licensed through MusicBedPodcast Art by Hailey Hirst
Sofia Jin believes that if we are going to spend time in nature, we need to address the very human problems we bring with us: sexism, sexual harassment, eating disorders, and racism (to name a few). She stresses that talking about these  issues  shouldn't “ruin” the escapism possible in the great outdoors for anyone but in fact makes it safer, more inclusive, and somewhere everyone can feel heard and valued. About Sofia: Sofia is a British Korean explorer, entertainer, and creative. She’s a climber, diver, and Muay Thai practitioner, a member of The North Face UK Explorer Team, and an adventure athlete for Osprey Europe. Featured in this episode: Sofia JinHosted & Produced by Gale StraubEditing & production support by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Yonder, Danner, and Minus33Join the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Sofia JinInstagram:  @SofJin__Explore at Home seriesWebsite: https://www.sofiajin.com/Light DocumentaryElla's UKArticles/Reports referenced:Why Female River Guides Aren't Welcome in the Grand Canyon  via Outside OnlineHostile Environment via Outside OnlineDOI Investigative ReportRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesYonder: Get $100 off your first stay with the code SheExplores100 at checkout via Yonder.com.Danner: GO THERE in Danner’s most iconic women's styles by visiting Danner.com.Minus33: Learn more at Minus33.com.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Pregnancy is a time of drastic physical change, and one full of expectation and anxieties, pressure and pain, hope and uncertainty. And for those of us who value time spent outside, it’s natural that we'd carry that forward into our pregnancies as much as we can. Continuing to hike, or surf, or whatever else we like to do, lets us still feel like ourselves and helps us cope with the symptoms and stresses of this entire process. But as you’ll hear, it’s often not that simple.In the first of a two-part series on matrescence, guest host Hailey Hirst spoke with two outdoor-loving moms about their pregnancies, Rukmini Halliwell and Rachel Barrett. And because there is no “one story” to tell about pregnancy, we also invited listeners in to share their reflections via voice memos. Whether or not you’ve experienced pregnancy, our hope is that you’ll listen and feel heard and illuminated.Featured in this episode: Rukmini Halliwell & Rachel BarrettVoice Memos featured: Liz, Erin Rodman, Rachel Molodovan, Julia Renn, Jennifer Smith, Arielle Courtney, Karen, Stephanie VanDoorn-Kazyak, and Randi. Thank you to everyone who submitted!Hosted & Produced by Hailey HirstEditing & production support by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Yonder, Danner, & Reel PaperJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Rukmini Halliwell: Instagram @rukminihalliwellRachel Barrett: Instagram @luminiousandwildSocial from Voice Memos Featured:Erin Rodman: Instagram @sola.leatherworksRachel Molodovan: Instagram @heyitsrachelmJulia Renn: Instagram @howtopoopinthewoodsArielle Courtney: Instagram @dogdaisofourlivesKaren: Instagram @curious_kgStephanie VanDoorn-Kazyak: Instagram @stef.vandoornRandi: Instagram @naturallyrandikay, Website www.naturallyrandikay.com, Podcast Simple Self Care Matrescence--What is it?Adventure MamasRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesYonder: Get $100 off your first stay with the code SheExplores100 at checkout via Yonder.com.Reel Paper: Get 25% off with the code "EXPLORE" at checkout via Reelpaper.com.Danner: GO THERE in Danner’s most iconic women's styles by visiting Danner.com.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Lindsey Ingram has long-haul COVID, which means she is constantly renegotiating what's possible for herself in the outdoors. But just like she's not just a mom, or a hiker, or a gardener -- the uncertainty of her chronic illness doesn't define her.  She simply has to meet herself where she's at.Over the past year Lindsey has been redefining her relationship with the outdoors, her body, and how she invites others into the outdoors with her.  In certain ways, our conversation is an opportunity for her to contemplate how she's moving forward as she navigates long-haul COVID. It’s also an opportunity for us to better understand one person’s experience living with a chronic illness.About Lindsey: Based in the Midwest, Lindsey spends her free time outdoors in whatever capacity is available, lately walking, wildlife watching, and gardening. She explores the outdoors creatively though writing, drawing, painting, and photography. She travels solo, with her kids, or with her friends.Featured in this episode: Lindsey IngramHosted & Produced by Gale StraubEditing & production support by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Subaru & Reel PaperJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Lindsey IngramInstagram: @hikeovercountryWebsite: http://hikeovercountry.com/New York Times Article about Long-Haul COVIDAdventure MamasRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesSubaru: Check out the Subaru Crosstrek Sport here: subaru.com/crosstrekReel Paper: Get 25% off with the code "EXPLORE" at checkoutLindsey's "Adventure Pack" ContentsNote from Lindsey: While it's possible to buy a "toy" adventure pack on Amazon, I try to buy cheaper or secondhand versions of real items (i.e an inexpensive $10 pair of adjustable binoculars with limited magnification versus $5 toy binoculars that don't work at all). These items last longer, and kids are smarter than we give them credit for! This list can be scaled up or down by reducing the number of items or purchasing nicer/cheaper alternatives as your budget allows.A pack! Cinch sacks are good for short adventures but uncomfortable for more than a few hours. I veer towards a small day pack for 4-5 year olds or a bicycle or smaller day pack with a water bladder for kids 7+. My general rule of thumb is something big enough to carry a jacket in.Lightweight, flip top water bottle that doesn't leak if no water bladder is included.Snacks (a few healthy and at least one piece of junk snack like M&Ms).WhistleEasy to read compassBinocularsMagnifying glassHeadlampSmall notebook for a field notebookMarkers, twistable crayons, or large crayons with the wrappers pulled off (for rubbings, tracing, and drawing)Small battery operated fanBandana, hat, or buff for bug and sun protectionSmall ponchoTravel size sunscreenSome kind of kids field guide like a bug book or tracks book, depending on your area -- your local nature center or library can provide some recommendations!Small coupon book for free adventures with you, the giver.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Demiesha Dennis is an angler, mom, and community leader who is passionate about spreading the joy she’s found outdoors. Her reflections on time spent outside as an immigrant and Woman of Color provide many insights into industry gaps, misconceptions of people in the outdoors, and the privilege of recreating through hiking and fly fishing. In this episode, we hear about how Demiesha started flyfishing, what she’s teaching her daughter, what it means to her to be a woman on the water, changing the narrative through Brown Girl Outdoor World, and more! This is the second of six episodes hosted by Gabaccia Moreno this year as part of our She Explores host residency program.Featured in this episode: Demiesha DennisHosted & Produced by Gabaccia MorenoEditing & Additional Production Support by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Subaru, Janji, & Reel PaperJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Demiesha DennisInstagram: @BrownGirlOutdoorWorldCo-Founder: @shesaidwhatshesaid_offficialOrganizations Mentioned in this Episode:Brown Girl Outdoor World: WebsiteRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesJanji: Get 15% off your order with the code SHEEXPLORES15 at checkout at Janji.comReel Paper: Get 25% off your first order with code EXPLORE at checkout at Reelpaper.comSubaru: Learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek at Subaru.com/crosstrekMusic is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Kylie Yang is a dog owner, thru-hiker, trail lover, and the New Jersey program coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. We talk about the rewards and compromises of hiking with her 4-legged companion Sullivan, the many ways Kylie has woven trails into the fabric of her life, and the consideration for others we should all take with us into the outdoors.Featured in this episode: Kylie YangHosted & Produced by Gale StraubEditing & production support by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Subaru & JanjiJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Kylie YangInstagramNew York-New Jersey Trail ConferenceAbout the Long PathBackpacker's Guide to How to Hike, Camp, & Backpack with Your DogAppalachian Trail Guidelines: Hiking with Your DogWhat's a Ridge Runner? AAPI Resources:What You Can Do to Fight Violence Against AAPI CommunityAnti-Asian Violence ResourcesRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesSubaru: Check out the Subaru Crosstrek Sport here: subaru.com/crosstrekJanji: Get 15% off our purchase at checkout at Janji.com with code SHEEXPLORES15 at checkoutEpisodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
Catch-up with Mirna Valerio aka The Mirnavator. Mirna is an ultra runner, adventurer, author, former teacher, more. Her blog, Fat Girl Running, took off shortly after she took on the sport back in 2008 and she’s been showcasing what’s possible ever since.In an Instagram live catch-up Gale did with Mirna on Thursday,  we talk about her found home of Vermont, Stowe Trails, how she picked up cycling during the pandemic, her new podcast, the significance of her new ambassadorship with Lululemon,  and the biggest lesson she learned from 2020 that she’s carrying with her. This special bonus episode of She Explores is brought to you by ust, who are making a name in the camping world by creating gear that helps EVERYONE get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Learn more at ustgear.com and follow along on Instagram @ustgear.Featured in this episode: Mirna ValerioHosted & Produced by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Mirna ValerioInstagram: @themirnavatorWebsiteStowe Trails PartnershipRavel MediaEpisodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.Music by James Childs and Utah via MusicBed.
We all have something to give when it comes to making the outdoors more inclusive and accessible for all. But we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, we can reach out and support existing organizations.In this episode, created in partnership with Sierra Designs, learn about four incredible nonprofits doing the work to help create more opportunities in the outdoors for People of Color, LGBTQ+, disabled, and low income families. But more than simply learning about the work that others are doing, our hope is that this episode will help you think about how you can do to make “reaching out” a practice in your own outdoor lives. Because change doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and we all have something to offer when it comes to making the outdoors a more equitable place for all to experience its benefits. Organizations featured in this episode: CO Blackpackers, Wildkind Closet, The Venture Out Project, & Outdoors For AllIndividuals featured in this episode: Patricia Cameron, Heather Balogh Rochfort, Brooke Froelich Murray, Perry Cohen, Alicia McConnel, & Thera Zylstra Hosted & Produced by Gale StraubEditing by Julie HotzA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by Sierra DesignsJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesBlackpackersWebsite | Instagram | FacebookWildkind ClosetWebsite | Instagram | FacebookThe Venture Out ProjectWebsite | Instagram | FacebookOutdoors For AllWebsite | Instagram | FacebookRavel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesSierra Designs: Learn more about their Reach Out Initiative here.Music is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode. 
Serene Cusack wants to build more community in the fly fishing world, especially amongst those folks who haven’t always been included. Whether through her own social media handle, “Fatty on the Fly” or the community she’s building via “Outcast Anglers,” Serene is passionate about sharing the joy she finds in fly fishing with more people. In this episode, the first of Gabaccia Moreno’s hosting residency on She Explores, we learn about Serene’s path to fly fishing, the change she’d like to see in the sport, what it’s like being a woman of size on the water, and more.About Serene: Serene Cusack was born and raised in the mountains of Montana. After successfully completing a four year degree in five at Montana State University, followed by a Masters in Social Work, she launched into the world of helping adolescents experiencing mental health crises. With a stressful job comes the need for self care. Serene has found that her connection with water and fly fishing brings the perfect rhythm of peace and balance. Passionate about people, fly fishing, and trying to not take life too seriously, she has found herself at the intersection of the things she loves. Serene self identifies as a fat person and noticed that plus size representation in the sport of fly fishing is inadequate. She dreams of the day she sees others that look like her represented in the fly fishing industry. Until then, she will continue to spread the big love to all bodies on the river banks. Currently she lives and fly fishes on the stolen land of the Bitterroot Salish in Missoula, Montana.  Featured in this episode: Serene CusackHosted & Produced by Gabaccia MorenoEditing & Additional Production Support by Gale StraubA production of Ravel MediaSponsored by DeuterJoin the She Explores Podcast community on FacebookVisit She-Explores.com & Follow Us on InstagramResourcesFeatured in this episode: Serene CusackInstagram: @FattyontheFlyOrganizations Mentioned in this Episode:Confluence Collective: Website | InstagramOutcast Anglers: InstagramOutcast Camp Out: August 5 - 8Ravel MediaSponsors and Discount CodesDeuterMusic is licensed through Musicbed.Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays-- subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss an episode.
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Traci Bratton

oh Sydney, thank you so much for sharing your story exactly at you did.

Sep 12th
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Traci Bratton

I love how she expresses that being on the trail feels like home. I also feel like the wilderness and outdoors in nature is my real home.

Aug 29th
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nova alta

totally relate. Did a camping meetup and I was one of the few fat people there. I was an avid hiker at the time. On a 10 mile hike I ended up with someone that had asthma, never hiked and got blisters. she chose to continue and I decided to stay and hike with her. At the the mid-point the rest of the group was heading back they would all look at me as if I had been the reason why we had taken longer or say something to encourage me as though I needed it. lol. It was really annoying.

Jun 4th
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Erin Mary

This is a wonderful podcast for outdoorsy minded women looking for inspiration, and voices from our tribe. Highly recommend.

May 26th
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nova alta

Thank you. I turn 41 this year and their stories are encouraging. keep up the good work!

May 25th
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Becca Manners

Stoked on this episode!! Hearing about Kylie's life sounds sooo similar to mine! Photography in University, majored in IR, skiier and climber by hobby, and now photographing it. I wasn't a triplet but dang, love to meet this soul twin one day!

Feb 14th
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