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Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.
 
Do you want to diversify your perspective on road travel? Host Noami Grevemberg and co-host Anaïs Monique dive deep into the stories and weave through the challenges, journeys and inspirations of the diverse voices who, often unheard, make the nomadic community great. Noami is a Black woman and a nomad who has been living in her campervan since 2016. She started Diversify Vanlife in 2019 in response to the lack of representation of BIPOC in the road travel community. In this show, you’ll hea ...
 
We all grew up in different parts of American Christianity, and we still keep thinking about how to take it seriously, even as we leave some beliefs behind. Join us our round-table discussion as we ravel out our faith in a complex world, pulling on one thread at a time, seeking Meaning at the end of it all.
 
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Carrot Quinn joins us on the show again to talk about her latest memoir: The Sunset Route. For those who read and loved Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart, The Sunset Route fills in a lot of the backstory. Billed as an adventure memoir, (Carrot spent her early 20’s hopping freight trains and hitchhiking before discovering thru-hiking) the book reall…
 
We kick off our guest host series with Katie Falcongrove! She brings a question about our youth group experiences and we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly. We get into the fun games we played (and some gross games!), the way groups were separated by age and gender, the use of metaphors in purity culture, and our complicated feelings about our…
 
In today's episode and Emily's final taping before maternity leave, she brings a wide-ranging discussion on capital punishment. We ravel out many thoughts on the nature of justice and the Foucaultian concepts of the monastic cell in our modern culture. We ask questions about whether we are choosing to follow the model of Jesus or the Bible itself w…
 
Josh is curious to find where culture and religion overlap and intersect. Is at "at large" somewhere or does the venn diagram lie within every individual? We try to define culture as the atmosphere between two or more people and look to identify markers of unhealth that could poison an otherwise healthy culture. And we ask if it's possibly to humbl…
 
In our first episode on matrescence, we talked about continuing to carry a love for nature and time outside into pregnancy as we prepare for the major life change of becoming a parent. This episode continues into the next phase in the process, when the much-anticipated birth is over, and we step into this new role and all that it entails, indoors a…
 
Palinor Velasco has always pursued an adventurous life, even before she found her place in and love for the outdoors. While newly sober, Palinor found healing in climbing and mountain biking, but an accident that affected her mobility made her rethink the levels of risk she’s willing to take on. Luckily for her, having a partner who is also a fly f…
 
Abby Ruhman is a professional makeup artist with Alopecia Totalis who uses her body as a canvas to advocate for change when it comes to outdated beauty standards. Art and creativity are central to the Mountain Games: public art around town, live music happening nightly, the mountainous backdrop of Vail Valley, even photo booths set up for puppy por…
 
Ariel Tweto is passionate about taking chances and trying new things in the outdoors -- and sharing her experiences with others. Ariel’s Inupiaq Inuit, born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska. She’s a pilot, a TV personality, and the founder of the nonprofit Popping Bubbles. Ariel’s first time at the Mountain Games gave her the opportunity to compete…
 
Emily Jackson is a professional kayaker and a mother of two. Kayaking is in her blood—her dad, Eric Jackson, is a World Champion freestyle kayaker and more often than not, you can find Emily on the water. Emily’s been competing at the Mountain Games for years, and this year she won all three of her events—a first for her. Just as community and comp…
 
Arielle Shipe is someone who shares her health and adventure story for the service of others. She understands that we all have a lifelong relationship with our bodies, and that relationship is changing all the time. This year at the Mountain Games, she taught yoga surrounded by nature, helping participants center themselves and prime their bodies f…
 
Location. Location. Location. Where our theologies come from matters. Whether we are anchoring traditional Reformational theology to a Swiss-French context in the 16th century, Methodism to an English-American context in the 18th century, or #WeirdChristian Twitter in the 21st century, it's important to do the work to know our source. Mentioned in …
 
Sofia Jin believes that if we are going to spend time in nature, we need to address the very human problems we bring with us: sexism, sexual harassment, eating disorders, and racism (to name a few). She stresses that talking about these issues shouldn't “ruin” the escapism possible in the great outdoors for anyone but in fact makes it safer, more i…
 
Perhaps you're here as a product of complex forces of the universe directing you toward this moment of listening to Ravel and reading our show notes. Or maybe you had some agency over that choice to join us. It's possible God always knew that you'd be here today, but maybe God's in process with an open future alongside us? We ask many questions abo…
 
Pregnancy is a time of drastic physical change, and one full of expectation and anxieties, pressure and pain, hope and uncertainty. And for those of us who value time spent outside, it’s natural that we'd carry that forward into our pregnancies as much as we can. Continuing to hike, or surf, or whatever else we like to do, lets us still feel like o…
 
With defining cults and NRMs out of the way, Josh wants to dig into the theology of some groups and how they splinter from Christianity. What starts as a conversation around our preconceptions of cults as charismatic or fantastical turns into how cults (and churches) define and broadcast their beliefs for marketing purposes. Is it helpful to be ult…
 
Lindsey Ingram has long-haul COVID, which means she is constantly renegotiating what's possible for herself in the outdoors. But just like she's not just a mom, or a hiker, or a gardener -- the uncertainty of her chronic illness doesn't define her. She simply has to meet herself where she's at. Over the past year Lindsey has been redefining her rel…
 
We conclude an informal miniseries with a direct conversation about Atonement. After sin and forgiveness, it felt natural to Stephen to discuss the several atonement theories throughout the ages. He's wondering what was accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus. At which point, Josh throws a curveball when he introduces Spongebob and…
 
Demiesha Dennis is an angler, mom, and community leader who is passionate about spreading the joy she’s found outdoors. Her reflections on time spent outside as an immigrant and Woman of Color provide many insights into industry gaps, misconceptions of people in the outdoors, and the privilege of recreating through hiking and fly fishing. In this e…
 
After our discussion of sin last week, Emily is curious to dig into forgiveness. Is forgiveness a one time moment or a way of life? Why can it be easier to forgive others and reserve bitterness for ourselves? Is it appropriate to "forgive and forget"? Mentioned in the episode: Atomic Habits by James Clear The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Luke 1…
 
Kylie Yang is a dog owner, thru-hiker, trail lover, and the New Jersey program coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. We talk about the rewards and compromises of hiking with her 4-legged companion Sullivan, the many ways Kylie has woven trails into the fabric of her life, and the consideration for others we should all take with …
 
The idea of defending his new home with a gun is weighing on Stephen pretty heavily this week. We talk about Christian pacifism, the ethics of lethal home defense, deontological batman, designs to kill, hunting, and more. Mentioned in the episode: Fight by Preston Sprinkle Matthew 26:50-56 - Disarming Peter and the Church Crucifixion of the Warrior…
 
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