There’s no shortage of compelling podcasts out there right now, but sifting through all of the options and finding topics you’re interested in can be overwhelming. If you’re anything like us, though, there’s no better distraction than listening to stories about inspiring outdoor athletes, gripping adventures or important environmental and conservation topics. So whether you’re looking to zone out during a workout, or hoping to pass some time while staying in, we’ve helped you out and put together a collection of some of our favorite outdoor podcasts. We guarantee they’re worth the download.
1) The Dirtbag Diaries
Whatever sport or outdoor experience you are interested in, there is some dirtbag waiting in the wings waiting to tell their tale about it. Outdoor clothing and gear brand, Patagonia, gave those storytellers the platform to share them in The Dirtbag Diaries podcast. The stories are told by those who lived them, in their own voice. Some of the stories are vivid and extreme, the kind that will have you hanging on every word. Others are reflections on incidents that occurred and how they are impacting them in the present day. Just pick one and go along for the ride, you have plenty to choose from in their library, which dates back to 2007.
2) Outside Podcast
The reputable magazine, Outside, has three different offerings under the umbrella of the Outside podcast—Science of Survival, Dispatches and The Outside Interview. Many of the stories focus on physical performance and what is going on in the minds of those who accomplish seemingly impossible feats, but there are also episodes that dive into the minds of dogs. This podcast will keep you hooked if you are into hearing about death-defying antics and the art of wilderness survival, or understanding how an Olympian’s body performs differently than your own.
3) Mountain & Prairie
Although heavily focused on the American West, this podcast has something to offer listeners from coast to coast. Ed Roberson, a long time conservationist, interviews individuals who have made an impact in the outdoor industry. Roberson highlights their educational and experiential background to give a deeper understanding as to how they got to where they are, and digs into how different influences in their lives have shaped their current roles. If you have dreamt about a career in conservation or environmental activism, the Mountain & Prairie podcast may help you realize that your dreams are within reach.
Watch for part 2 coming soon featuring 3 more podcasts you will want to check out.