She Explores

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

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Episode 2 - On Fear #2: Human Powered Travel

Interview with Julie Hotz, a filmmaker and photographer who spent the summer of 2015 bike-packing and backpacking across the American West. 

Listen and see ->

Photo by Ali V

Photo by Ali V


Blogging & Insecurity: Why I Didn't Tell the Whole Story

Erin Sullivan on finding her voice and encouraging others to find theirs, too.

"Making yourself vulnerable is never easy"->


Redwood Regional Park: Oakland, California

Vivian Chen loves that there is a redwood oasis within the urban area of Oakland, California. Discover her favorite place to take friends for a "coffee date."

Miles and miles -> 


Sprinter Van Buildout: A Pseudo How-To

Kris Holbrook walks us through the building out her Sprinter Van into her workplace and home. An honest and funny look at the practical (and emotional) steps.

Step 1: Clear Out the Van ->


Episode 1 - On Fear: Beginner Backpacking & Kickstarters

Introducing the first episode of the She Explores Podcast, a bi-weekly series exploring how women experience the outdoors.

Listen to the first episode, featuring Liz Song and Rachel Goldfarb ->

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. Plus, save 15% on your purchase!

"Leave it Better Than You Found It" ->  


Spring in My Step

Runner Sarah Attar writes a meditation on the changing seasons in the California Eastern Sierras. Running through the landscape, she has the opportunity to connect with it.

"It's a revival of sorts" ->

Women on the Road

Eva And Jordan Go

Eva Griffith and her boyfriend, Jordan, are traveling the states on a mission to see every National Park. A Texas native, Eva hadn't done too much camping before this. Learn from her, 8 months in.

What a way to see America ->


Black Balsam Area of Pisgah National Forest, NC

Since Clare Healy moved to the Southeast, she's been pouring over maps to find her next backpacking trips. She shares her discovery of the Black Balsam area near Asheville, NC.

Beauty that makes you go quiet ->

Dreaming Big for the california Coast

MoJo Coastwalk

These two women are thru-hiking to raise awareness for the unfinished California Coastal Trail. They help by hiking the length, they'll motivate others to protect, hike, and appreciate the coastline.

Meet Morgan and Jocelyn ->


Moab, Utah: Desert Magic

Emily Klarer writes a meditation on the mysteries and truths of the desert. The starkest truth? There is no where to hide.

Beauty and belief in Moab ->

Tandem Trekking Lindsey


Interview with a Thru Hiker

Lindsey Elise of Tandem Trekking is a a self described "backpacking fiend." She's hiked the AT and we caught up with her before she left for the PCT to gain some insight on both the psychology and nitty-gritty of thru hiking. Lindsey's articulate voice paints a dynamic picture of thru hiking.

On hitting the trail, again ->


Summer Camp is Where You Park It

Every summer, 17 year old Hannah Goldfarb joins her sister Rachel in their "Idle Theory Bus" for an atypical summer camp experience. She dyes her hair hot pink and lives differently for a little while.

A reluctant high schooler's take on #vanlife ->

Women on the Road

Home Sweet Van Juliana

After just four months of dating, Juliana and her boyfriend Richmond decided to build out a Sprinter Van together and travel the American West. Learn about the growing pains of moving into a Sprinter and their inspiration for the buildout.

Meet Juliana ->


Hannah Perrine Mode, Painter

Hannah is an abstract painter who is influenced by her many travels. She uses them as a way to process her experiences through art. For the past three years, she's committed to making a drawing a day. Found out where it's taken her.

A drawing a day ->


Letting Go

Photographer Vanessa Lamb writes an essay on the intricacies of simplifying your life. Deciding to pack everything into a Westfalia was easy, the hard part came next.

Change is like a break up ->

Women on the Road

Anna Ayeroff: Moving Mountains

"I’ve learned to listen to my intuition on the road. I do it best there. My intuition speaks loud there. Maybe because the road is so quiet compared to Los Angeles."

Anna leaves Los Angeles in her Eurovan to escape to the Southwestern mountains.

Meet artist Anna -> 



Photographer Christin Healey shares her recent trip to South America through her eyes. She says it best: "Rugged, wind-blown, and infinitely wild, Patagonia is one of those places you just need to see to believe." 

Discover Patagonia with Christin's photographs ->


Rachel Hayes, Textile Artist & Sculptor

Rachel creates sculptures out of textiles that complement the landscape and make you appreciate your surroundings. They're not static, so they change with you.

Fabric like architecture ->


Buried Sexism: One Woman's Experience Working at Mount Rainier

Lindsey Elise writes about her summer working at Mount Rainier National Park. She discovered a tradition of masculinity and an opportunity to rewrite the story.

Read her essay ->

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 ->