Episode from the podcastShe Explores

Solo (But Not Quite Alone)

Released Wednesday, 11th July 2018
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Your stories of spending time solo in the outdoors. Including a bikepacker, a so-called fat hiker, an aspiring astronaut, an extrovert, two med students, and a backcountry paddler, in short - you and me.

It's been almost 2 years since we last asked you about how you adventure solo in Episode 8 of She Explores, Alone on the Trail. Gale asked for new submissions and she received more than she could squeeze into this episode, which is a great thing! It means you're getting out there.

Please keep in mind when you listen - there are inherent risks to recreating in the backcountry, whether you're with a friend or by yourself. It's always a good idea to take inventory of your limits.

In this episode, you'll hear:


  • How solo time in nature opens up your headspace

  • Why the listeners who submitted take time for themselves solo

  • How Beth Bradley and Jessie Johnson used solo hiking to help quiet the negative body talk that went on in their heads

  • Why getting outside solo isn't always a choice

  • The ways in which you might be physically solo, but not quite alone while you're out there

  • Why an extrovert says it's ok to find other people to adventure with

  • The value of a long thru hike

  • How going it solo can be empowering

  • Some motivation to take the next step


Women featured in this episode:


Hosted by Gale Straub

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Music is by Lee Rosevere, Jason Shaw, and Smaller Tide via Free Music Archive (CC by A license)

Music is also by Fort Vine.

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