We’ve all been there: stuck in traffic, wishing we were somewhere else. More specifically, exploring the wild untamed beauty of the outdoors. I don’t know about you, but I can only listen to music for so long without getting bored. Something that I discovered during my long drives is listening to podcasts — not just any podcasts— but podcasts that get me excited for my next adventure outside. They not only make time go by faster, but they can transport your mind to a mountain top, that trail you’ve been dying to hike, or an oceanside view even if you’re stuck sitting on the 405 during prime traffic hour.
We’ve compiled a list of our 9 favorite outdoor podcasts that will make you want to go outside!
Named Best Podcast by Outside Magazine, Dirtbag Diaries is a podcast dedicated to the outdoor adventurer. The listener can expect to hear many crazy outdoor stories by the creators discussing anything from climbing, skiing, boating, to traveling, they have done it all and have a story for you. Dirtbag Diaries has over 200 episodes from the past decade of being streamed and has been downloaded over 9 million times.
One of our favorite episodes, released back in 2016 but still resonates today, is called ‘Start Saying Yes’. Katie Crafts speaks about her life altering career change that launched her into a life of purpose and love for the outdoors! Her go-getter attitude and drive to live a life outside the norm gives us so much stoke for adventure!
Women on the Road
Real life stories of women living on the open road told in the perspective of the female traveler. This is a podcast for anyone looking to pack their life into a van, RV, or car and head out on the open road. First-hand stories provide listeners with honest details of their journey living in a van while providing you with tips and tricks to get your van life on the road started.
From the creators of Women on the Road, She Explores is a podcast made for women with a love for the outdoors and the itch to adventure. With over 80 episodes, you can listen to narrative stories, detailed interviews, and submissions made by listeners like you telling of their adventures. She Explores covers many topics such as solo traveling, getting lost hiking, traveling by bike, and much more.
Outside/In is a podcast dedicated to bringing the outdoors to you! It’s the perfect podcast to listen to if you’re stuck indoors and are dying to get outside. You don’t have to be an a kayaker, mountain climber, rafting guide, or an outdoor enthusiast to be able to enjoy this podcast — basically if you’ve ever been outside then you’re guaranteed to enjoy listening to Outside/In. Host, Sam Evans-Brown, provides listeners with details on the outside world and how we use it through detailed true-life stories!
Be sure to checkout their podcast 10X10 - Pine Barren to learn about this seasons wildfires and how climate change is playing a big part in it all.
An award-winning podcast by Wyoming Public Media about how humanity and nature affect one another. With real life stories from outdoor enthusiasts and environmental activists, HumaNature will teach you everything you need to know about why our environment is sacred and what you can do to take care of it. Be sure to check-out episode 46 on how a wildfire closed in on a wolf sanctuary in the Colorado mountains, it’s sure to draw you in.
The Sharp End
With over 34,000 listeners, The Sharp End is one of the most thrilling outdoor podcasts out there. Each month they pull real life climbing survival stories from the pages of Accidents in North American Climbing and include interviews with the climbers, rescuers, and skiers involved in each of the incidents. They even gives listeners helpful tips and key life lessons so that everyone can practice safe climbing. Be sure to lookout for new episodes on the first of each month!
The MTNMEISTER is a podcast that explores the minds of outdoor adventurers who take life threatening explorations and face difficult decisions during each exploration. With important life lessons such as weighing risk vs. reward, MTNMEISTER tells of how adventurers found hidden lessons during their extreme expeditions and why it’s important to always try to step out of your comfort zone. Ben Schenck, the host of MTNMEISTER, makes sure to ask thought provoking questions along with having each adventurer gives recommendations on the best gear to buy.
Wild Ideas Worth Living
The perfect podcast for anyone looking for a little more adventure in their life. Wild Ideas Worth Living will motivate listeners to follow their wildest dream and take risks they’ve always been scared to take. Host Shelby Stanger, who quit her job to follow her dreams, delights listeners with ways to make positive decisions in your life and to get out into the world and explore.
America’s National Parks Podcast
Standing as one of the top 10 podcasts on iTunes, America’s National Parks Podcast tells the story of our Nation’s treasures - our National Parks. Traveling the country full-time in an old school bus allows the hosts to go from park to park to get in-depth details on historical events and surprising stories of each park’s history. Be sure to check out our blog post about 5 Mindful Tips for Visiting Our National Parks so you can be prepared next time you visit one of our nation’s treasures!