April 2, 2019

155: Willow Belden-NPR host turned Podcaster

Show Notes

Rick Saez
155: Willow Belden-NPR host turned Podcaster

Willow produces the Out There Podcast and tells us all about the show, how she got into podcasting, and her experience as an NPR host on Wyoming Public radio.

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Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

Growing up I lived in New York City, which is not exactly outdoors-y right. But my family had this little cabin up in Maine. My grandfather had bought land on a lake up there were way back when it was dirt cheap and then they built this cabin. So I often spent most of the summer up there and we would kayak and swim and just kind of spend all day outside. I remember entire summers where I never wore shoes, except maybe if my mom made me. If we had to go to the grocery store or something. But that was always sort of my happy place

Things we talked about

Out There Podcast

Northwoods Outfitters


Wyoming Public Radio

The Colorado Trail

Common Outdoor Ground

Outdoor Activities



Mtn Biking



Advice, tips

I think a lot of us are hesitant to take a leap and try new things if we don’t feel like we already have the skills to do them. I certainly was that way where it’s like, wow, I don’t already know how to do this so obviously I can’t do it. I think honestly hiking the Colorado trail was something where I didn’t know how to do it, but I did a bunch of research and I figured it out and it worked. And because that worked, then I think that gave me the courage to launch Out There cause I was like, well, all right, I don’t know how to do this either, but we’re going to give it a try and figure it out and see.

So I think it’s important to just remember that it’s okay to be a beginner at things and that if you want something enough, you can do the research you need and you can talk to the people who know how to do it and make it happen. I don’t want to make it seem like anything you want to do as possible, but it is important to remember that you don’t have to already know how to do everything to get started with something to thrive at it.

Favorite Books and Podcast

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

60 Meters to Anywhere by Brendan Leonard

Favorite Piece of Gear under $100

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Connect with Willow

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