A couple of years ago, I was on my way to the campsite and realized that I had two hours left before I would arrive. Already exhausted and tired of listening to the radio, I decided to look up some podcasts about the outdoors the next time I stopped. Below are my absolute favorite podcasts that speak to nature and how we use it. Below is a quick synopsis of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. They are listed in no particular order.
The Dirtbag Diaries is a podcast about people that have a passion for adventure, the outdoors, and travel. It follows different people who are doing things that honor the outdoors. It’s set on the theme of the campfire story. We all have great stories to tell about our outdoor adventures and this podcast offers some great ones! From a woman who left her 9-5 office job to work as a bartender in Antarctica to many other people who have done similar things, the podcast never disappoints. Each episode is usually no longer than 30 minutes which makes listening to it frequently easy. There are also many episodes that Dirtbag Diaries calls “Shorts” that are obviously much shorter than their typical 30-minute episodes.
Dirtbag Diaries is sponsored by Patagonia, REI, Fireside Provisions, and etc. It is a production of Duct Tape Then Beer.
Living on Earth
This is by far the best show for current news on the environment. Think of “Living On Earth” as a news program but only producing stories about the environment, natural world, or climate change. Produced by Public Radio International, it has a lot of major production quality and tells that stories from all over the world. “PRI’s Environmental News Magazine” showcases in depth reporting, compelling story-telling, and quality interviews.
Outside/In is a “show about the natural world and how we use it” and comes from another public radio station: New Hampshire Public Radio. This podcast shares stories about people in the natural world and how they interact with their environment. There is lots of great in-depth reporting that compels us to continue to protect our most precious resource. Recent episodes have highlighted trail maintenance crews, the history and current issues with whaling and helping to save whales from fishing lines, and whether or not Pokemon Go is actually a positive thing in the fight to save the planet.
Sounds of the Trail
Sounds of the Trail follows a group of thru-hikers every season. No matter what trail, it explains the personal stories of thru hikers: why they decided to take on such a hike, what their favorite trail food is, and why their feet are so sore. Hikers record their testimonies on their own while they are on the trail and each episode is another saga into the lives of various hikers from an eclectic background. If you are thinking about completing a thru-hike, I would definitely take a listen to some of the stories of the 2016 contributors.
Let me know what you guys think of these podcasts or reach out with any I may have missed! I just found out about Outside Magazine’s podcast and look forward to giving that a try!