She Explores

Inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and besides.




New: "Curiosity as a Constant" Sticker Pack

Designed by Dani Opal, these lush stickers are a reminder to stay curious in our outdoor (and indoor!) lives.

Find them here ->


The Latest

Women on the Road

Natasha Scheuerman: Here Until There

Natasha is a temporarily retired RN on a Pan American journey to Argentina with her husband. They've made their truck a home on wheels, and she revels in being able to go anywhere in it.

Read her interview ->



Episode 9: After the PCT w/ Karen Wang

We discuss injury, community, and gratitude with Karen Wang just two weeks after she got off the Pacific Crest Trail near Crater Lake in Oregon due to a broken ankle. 

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Redefining Success

Mandy Schenkemeyer describes herself as a perfectionist in all aspects of life. So when she realized she didn't want to finish the John Muir Trail, she both redefined success and found her truest self.

Read her essay ->



The Beauty of Car Camping

An ode to car camping: because sometimes it's nice not to have to carry it all on your back.

A semi-luxurious experience ->



When the Time is Right

Laura Stasi set out to hike the Long Trail in Vermont shortly after graduation from college. She knew she could do it, but it wasn't until a few days in that she realized why she was doing it.

Read her essay to find out why she stepped off the trail ->


Alyssa Black, Drawn to Ecology

Alyssa Black is a landscape designer and an artist. Her work contains an overlap of science and watercolor.

Learn about Alyssa's aesthetic ->

Women on the Road

Alexandra Ulmke | A Girl and Her Van

Interview with a solo traveler about the highs, lows (and in betweens!) of living in a Eurovan for the past 5 months.

Always learning ->

Photo by Rebecca Cusworth

Photo by Rebecca Cusworth


Episode 8: Alone on the Trail

With the help of listener stories, we share the benefits of going solo while hiking, camping, and backpacking. We also write our own story.

Why going it alone can be empowering ->



How I Became an Inadvertent Feminist in the Backcountry

What is so strange about hiking alone? The answer should be obvious. Rachel Spruston shares an experience that made her become an inadvertent feminist on the trail.

Super woman? ->


Lessons Nature Taught Me

Grace Gulley, founder of CYL, discovered her calling on a solo trip deep in Oregon's forests. Read about her journey to the Blue Pools and what nature taught her about the creative process and listening to your true voice, beyond doubt, fear, and ego. 

Taking the lessons with her ->


Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park

Lauren Hurst walks the beaten path to Hidden Lake. A seasonal employee within the park, Lauren shares insider tips about one of her favorite places.

Sharing the excitement ->



Between The Sand and Stars

Julie Edwards retreats to the deserts, is drawn by the stars, pulled by the poles. She ruminates on the pain of punishing landscapes, finding some comfort, release, and sense of inevitability between oceans of sand and stars.

"I go to the desert because it hurts." ->

women on the Road

Jessie Dean Story: Texas Wild

Jessie Dean Story is a wildlife biologist turned filmmaker, on the road filming a PBS documentary series, Texas Wild

Join as she travels the caves, wetlands, and deserts of Texas and contemplates life beyond the Texas wilderness ->


On Wilderness

Emma Longcope examines the line we draw between "wilderness" and "civilization" in order to build a bridge over the gap we've created between recreation and conservation. 

Finding "a way to merge wilderness and our own beings, for the preservation of all" ->


Fresh Air on the Job: Working for the National Park or US Forest Service

We've always been curious about what it's like to work for the National Park Service or the US Forest Service - so we decided to ask you. This episode is a collection of your experiences and anecdotes. 

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Jess Gibbs, Photographer

Jess believes in the power of taking a photograph every day. Sure, she owns a van and loves to camp and travel - but she finds the same joy in the details close to home.

Take a closer look ->


Finding Confidence in the Outdoors: My Weekend at REI Outessa Summit

Amanda Sandlin on taking ownership of her outdoor experiences and the little steps you can take to become a more confident outdoorswoman.

"No competition. No embarrassment. No ego." ->


Socked in but Carrying On: Hiking Mt. Rinjani

Haley Littleton didn't think hiking an active volcano in Indonesia would be easy, but she did think there would be a view, which leaves her wondering: What makes a hike worth it?

"Conversations and connections created" during the climb ->


Wind River Range, Wyoming

We learn from Emily Olsen that now is the time to visit the Wind River Range in Wyoming. 

Beyond the Tetons ->


Art, Insecurity, and Identity

After years of experimentation, Madeleine Boga writes how she came to identify as an artist. It didn't happen overnight, but it has always been inside her. It's a lesson that translates to many other aspects of our lives.

Creating and sharing is brave ->


Amber Duncan | Mountainside Made

Amber creates eco-friendly jewelry close to the Santa Cruz mountains. Each piece is carefully crafted of largely reclaimed materials, meaning each piece holds a story. 

Jewelry that connects us to the earth ->


Episode 6: Women Outdoors, Online

Even in the wilderness, we are never too far from technology. And while that can be a negative thing, this episode explores the positives that spring from women outdoors, online.

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Archipelago of Gothenburg, Sweden

Allemansrätten: the right for all people to freely wander the wilderness and nature reserves.

Allie Middleton took full advantage of "Allemansrätten" while studying in Sweden this summer.

Longer light ->


Sarah Uhl

A commercial and fine artist, Sarah Uhl is carving a niche within the outdoor industry. She is also passionate about creating "art in the wild" and is sharing those stories via her portfolio site.

"Distilling the magic in wild places"-> 


Creatives on the Road

We interview Alison Turner and Amanda Sandlin, two creatives who often travel solo in their vans. Their stories are unique, and the lessons learned are transferrable to a variety of life experiences.

Maintaining a creative practice ->

Stay Equipped

The First Camera I Loved

Melanie McKay reviews the SuperSampler from Lomography. It's the kind of camera that lets you have fun because it is all about movement and serendipity. It's like film to the 4th power.

Read Melanie's review ->

Stay Equipped

Parks Project: Apparel with a Purpose

Help support our National Parks by purchasing apparel that is well designed and gives back to the parks they are inspired by. 

"Leave it Better Than You Found It" ->  

Stay Equipped

"A Woman's Guide to the Wild"

A review of the new guide by Ruby McConnell, released today for purchase. 

Your complete outdoor handbook ->

Road Trip

Desert Camp

Jules Davies & Chelsea Parrett are housemates and creative collaborators. They recently road tripped to nearby Joshua Tree to do a photoshoot and attend Desert & Denim.

Lessons learned on the road ->


How to:

Save Money on the Road

Tips from Gale Straub for how to cut costs camping, eating, driving, etc. on the road. 

A little goes a long way ->