The 8 Best Outdoorsy Podcasts

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If Terry Gross soothes you to sleep at night, Ira Glass sits shotgun on all your road trips, and season one of Serial marked some of the most exciting months of your life (the call logs!), you're officially a podcast nerd. But you've probably noticed that outdoors- and adventure-focused podcasts are hard to come by. Their small, niche audience and limited number of reviews make them easy to miss when you're scrolling through iTunes. Fear not: quality audio tales of epic summits and backwoods survival do exist—if you know where to look. Start with these eight podcasts, made by insiders and obsessives who pipe the culture of adventure straight into your ears. We found all types of gems, whether you're looking to harness a sense of adventure, get inspired to train harder, or find your new favorite beer to kick back with at the end of the day. Enormocast Listening to Enormocast feels like being part of an exclusive club for climbers. The interviews get more personal than first ascents and bouldering grades. In one episode, Cedar Wright talks about his hippy childhood; in another, Emily Harrington reflects on her early success as a teen, taking on some of the toughest climbs in Rifle, Colorado. Host Chris Kalous, an occasional contributor to Rock & Ice, knows his way around the climbing world and often jokes his way into the intimate lives and athletic feats of today's biggest climbers, many of whom are his good friends. Where to Start: Episode 76: "Ethan Pringle—Don't Call it a Comeback" Twenty-nine-year-old sport climber and boulderer Ethan Pringle discusses what drives him to be a professional climber and what it means to start climbing at a young age. "Climbing is the easy part. Wondering whether I'm doing the right thing is the hard part," Pringle says....

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Abigail is a senior editor at REI's Mountain Project, Trail Run Project, MTB Project, Hiking Project, and Powder Project. She also works as a reported features contributor at Romper (Bustle's baby) and is the founder of Sticks & Stones, a newsletter about the outdoors for women, by women. Previously, Abigail was the engagement editor at Outside Magazine, an associate editor at Real Simple, and a part of the Healthy Living team at The Huffington Post, where she started the Go Rogue series. Publications such as Reader's Digest, Time, and PopSci have also featured her work. She once wrote a bio
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