Are you one of those full time adventurers who lives in a van? Visiting National Park after National Park living the digital nomad life?
Yeah, me neither.
That’s why I like to fill my non-adventure days with outdoor podcasts. They might not be quite as exciting as a camping trip in Joshua Tree, but they’re close enough. And as an added bonus they often give me new trail ideas, bucket list locations and a giggle.
This list of outdoor podcasts has a lot of variety. Some shows are thoughtful while others a little raucous, but they all have one thing in common, a love of the outdoors. A special thanks to the Women Who Hike SoCal group for suggesting several of these. Turns out I had only scratched the surface of outdoor podcasts on my own, but those ladies gave me lots of great suggestions. And I’m very happy to be sharing them with you, my indoorsy camper folks.
So without further ado, and in no particular here are 15 outdoor podcasts to keep you occupied between your own adventures.
Are you yearning for a change? Could a grand adventure help you find what’s missing? Could doing something selfish for once be just the thing your relationship needs?
Let Out There be your calm oasis, your quiet walk in the woods, the rainy window you gaze out of when all is gray outside.
Hosted by Willow Belden, the award-winning podcast captures the understanding, the strength, the inspiration, the healing that humans draw from spending time outside, to help you navigate life’s big questions and ease the anxieties of adulting today.
We are a group of fun loving, outdoor living, creatively obsessed humans who have banded together to create a show that will take you on a wild traverse of the ideas that define the outdoor community and the stories behind them. More fun than a powder day. Riskier than leaping from a mountain. Weirder than week on the playa. No topic is taboo. Safety Third — Ideas forged from adventure.
Each month, the Sharp End brings to life stories from the pages of Accidents in North American Climbing, the annual publication of the American Alpine Club (AAC). Host Ashley Saupe interviews the climbers, skiers, and rescuers involved in life-threatening incidents and shares their lessons, helping all of us become safer climbers.
Outside’s longstanding literary storytelling tradition cones to life in audio with exclusive features that will both entertain and inform listeners.
Brought to you by the fabulous print and online magazine, The Outside Podcast is a great resource for “Sweat Science”, interesting interviews, gear reviews and stories of amazing outdoor enthusiasts.
Learn how top athletes, adventurers, and entrepreneurs crush the work, life, adventure balance while having fun and making a difference.
This outdoor podcast is full of feeling. When you’re stoked you’re filled with light and totally overjoyed. Jonathan Ronzio and Emily Holland interview athletes, business owners, weekend warriors and lots of other people who love all things outdoors. Their interview style is friendly and approachable and their guests are not only varied, but also inspiring.
This is adventure. Climbing. Skiing. Hiking. Biking. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and his team presents stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.
A radio-style interview show for people who like to get outdoors or would like to get outdoors. Hell, it may even be a show for people who don’t know they want to get outdoors. Yet. Too busy? Think you don’t have time for frivolous outside crap? Poppycock! Each episode of G.O. delves into the outdoor lifestyle of some everyday schmo who probably has more in common with you than you think. Whether you are BASE jumping off a flying unicorn or hiking around your neighborhood in between diaper changes, you have a place here. Pop open your podcast machine and give it a listen. Maybe it will stoke some embers you didn’t know were burning.
High-impact interviews for those who love adventure and the outdoors. Host and Journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, authors, scientists, health experts, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. From people who have sailed across the Pacific, to people who have broken records, climbed the tallest peaks, written best-selling books, started outdoor companies you love, or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas can lead to the most rewarding adventures. Take a listen to start living more wildly today.
Every month we’re filling the hiking void in your podcast library. The Trail Show is a monthly mash-up of all things trail!
If you’re looking for an outdoor podcast that feels a lot like a morning radio show (sounds effects and all) this one’s for you. Each show includes several segments including, gear reviews, trail reviews, guests, their beer pick of the month and plenty of schananagans.
A Podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside. Hosted by Gale Straub
Life on the road from the feminine perspective. In partnership with She Explores, Laura Hughes will bring you closer to some of the honest experiences that life on the road has to offer from the perspective of women who’ve lived it firsthand, all while learning the ropes herself in a Ford Transit Van. Find out what life is like when the road becomes your home.
Two badass Ladies talking about doing badass things in the woods. We’ll cover a wide range of topics — sharing stories, tips, debunking myths, and interviewing awesome outdoorsy folks.
A podcast about the ups, downs, and switchbacks of trail life. Follow along wit hour hikers as they hike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail and send back transmissions, updates, and interviews with other hikers. We cover a different part of trail life with every episode and try to stay far away from useful advice.
Trail Correspondents is a teleportation machine to the trail – in audio form. Every other week, a select handful of thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the American Discovery Trail, give us a glimpse into the world of long distance backpacking. Through their eyes and vocal cords, we learn all the highs, lows, and nitty gritty details that go into a half-year, cross-country trek. Trail Correspondents is the next best thing to being on trail yourself.
From the Appalachian Trail to the Pacific Crest and everything in between. Backpacker Radio is a show all about the wonderful world that is thru-hiking and long distance backpacking. Co-hosts, Zach “Badger” Davis and Juliana “Chaunce” Chauncey muse on the backpacking life and the latest from the trail every other week. Topics include but are not limited to news, trail culture, interviews, gear, advice, and all you can eat buffets.
Have an outdoor podcast you love that’s now on this list? Leave a comment below! I’m always looking for new content to listen to and share.