For your listening pleasure, we researched hundreds of podcasts to create this list of the best outdoor and adventure podcasts of 2017. We compared each podcast on standardized metrics such as rating, time in existence, length of episode, regularity, number of listeners, and content. This is our list of the top 18.

The Best Podcasts for Outdoors & Adventure

Made by insiders and the obsessed, these are the podcasts every outdoor enthusiast is listening to.

1. The Dirtbag Diaries

From paddling and backpacking to road trips and skiing, The Dirtbag Diaries covers it all. A staple since 2007, this podcast is backed by Patagonia and has over 10 years of stories about outdoor dreamers, athletes, and wanderers. Fitz Cahall, co-founder of production company Duct Tape Then Beer, narrates these journeys and inspires us all to achieve our deepest bucket list desires.

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2. Sounds of the Trail

A podcast about the ups, downs, and switchbacks of trail life; Sounds of the Trail regale its audience with stories from America’s biggest thru-hikes, the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Produced by editor-in-chief “Gizmo,” AT thru-hiker “Kimchi,” and PCT correspondents “Saina” and “Par 3,” Sounds of The Trail send back transmissions, updates, and interviews with other hikers in real time. By far the largest operation of its kind.

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3. Wild Ideas Worth Living

It really is amazing how much a little adventure can cure. Wild Ideas Worth Living channels this ethos and empowers others to escape the mundane and live out their wildest ideas. Shelby Stranger, an established Adventure/ Business Journalist, interviews world-class explorers, health experts, athletes, performers and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too.

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4. Outside Podcast

Bringing Outside Magazine‘s long-standing storytelling methods to the realm of audio, Outside Podcast will leave you inspired for grand adventures and casual hikes closer to home. Having only launched in March 2016, the podcasts first series, Science of Survival, which focuses on the science of survival in our world’s most extreme environments is a fascinating place to start.

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5. Enormocast

Listening to this podcast makes you feel that you’re part of an exclusive club for climbers. Enormocast is the podcast that isn’t afraid to delve deep and give you a juicy slice of climbing life. Host Chris Kalous chats with some of the climbing world’s biggest names and jokes his way into their lives, bringing to life some amazingly intimate stories and climbing experiences. If you’re climbing obsessed, this podcast is for you.

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6. The Trail Show

This monthly mash-up of all things trail is determined to discuss hiking and drink beer. And with a motto like “less gear, more beer”, you know you’re in for a good time. The Trail Show is the perfect podcast to enjoy with a brewski because if they’re toasting to one, you might as well join in. Broadcasting live from the Historic Beer District of Boulder, CO, the hosts are determined to fill the hiking void in your podcast library.

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7. Outside/In

Outside/In is a podcast for anyone who has ever been outdoors. Focusing on the natural world and how we use it, Sam Evans-Brown combines solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling to bring the outdoors to wherever you are. Because you don’t have to be whitewater kayaker, an obsessive composter, or a conservation biologist to be passionate about the outdoors. If you need more convincing, check out the first episode where Scott Jurek talks about his Appalachian Trail speed record-setting adventure. It is sure to draw you in from the first word.

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8. She Explores

This podcast is for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside. Gale Straub, founder of She Explores is a pro at bringing together multiple voices on her podcast and it has become a growing resource for creative outdoors women. From big names in the community to everyday explorers across the world, She Explores features more than 200 women’s stories, photographs, and artwork.

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9. Mtn Meister

This thought provoking podcast creates a link between the high altitude mountaineer, who faces a lack of oxygen and frostbite, with everyday ideas that affect all of us. Mtn Meister questions why it’s important we step outside of our comfort zone and the impact human behavior has on our decision making. Host Ben Schneck does a fantastic job at asking questions you won’t hear in a typical interview. Notable guests include Alex Honnold, Sasha DiGiulian, Ueli Steck, Jeremy Jones and other adventures in climbing, skiing, hiking, biking, and everything else in the mountains.

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10. The Pox and Puss Podcast

Interviewing hikers and adventurers from all walks of life, The Pox and Puss Podcast is a not-so-serious exploration of the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker experience. You won’t find gear talks or long-distance backpacking advice on this podcast, but you will find funny stories and general news surrounding the trail. If you’re looking to get your LOL on and learn more about the world’s greatest long-trail, this one is for you.

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11. Out There

This award-winning podcast explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors. Out There is hosted by former Wyoming Public Radio reporter Willow Belden, whose experience of thru-hiking the Colorado Trail gave her a fresh perspective on storytelling. Out There is an outlet for those tales.

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12. Horizon Line

Horizon Line is a podcast by Atlas Obscura that features adventures throughout history, such as the Arctic ballooning expedition by S.A. Andree or Tenzing Norgay’s virgin Everest summit. In each episode, Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras and associate editor Ella Morton take turns spotlighting a person who pushed the limits of what was believed to be possible.

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13. The Sharp End

The Sharp End is a fascinating podcast that interviews climbers and rescuers who have been involved in life-threatening incidents. Their shared lessons help all of us become safer climbers. Each month, host Ashley Saupe, who is a long-time instructor for Outward Bound, brings stories to life from the pages of “Accidents in North American Climbing,” the annual publication of the American Alpine Club (AAC).

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14. The Advantage Survival

With over 25 years of wilderness and urban Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer service in Pierce County, Washington, host Les Baker has a vast knowledge of Search and Rescue operations and a distinct insight on survival as a whole. The Advantage Survival is a super informative guide that’ll help you in your search for survival knowledge.

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15. Tough Girl Podcast

If you’re looking for inspiration and motivation, then the Tough Girl Podcast has you covered. Host Sarah Willams interviews female athletes and adventurers from all around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges. They share their stories and offer essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges.

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16. Happy Camper Radio

It’s no secret that camping is an awesome way to bring the family together. The Happy Camper Radio Show is a family oriented camping podcast that focuses on building and maintaining family unity in an outdoor recreational environment. From selecting new gear, to deciding where to pitch your tent, this podcast proves that camping is the ultimate recreational activity for you and your family.

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17. Gear Fix

Gear Fix is your weekly dose of gear, gear reviews, the outdoors, industry news, hints, tips, how-tos, adventure and action sports. If you really love gear then this podcast is your go-to.

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18. Practical Backpacking Podcast

Practical Backpacking Podcast features informative interviews with adventurers and leaders in the outdoor industry. With an impressive archive, this podcast will bring you up to speed with the outdoor community. Our favorite is episode 50 which features hiking legend Eric Ryback, who is recognized as the first person to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.

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Mark Silvester

Mark Silvester

Mark is new to the game but makes up for it with a passion for the outdoors and a funny accent. When he is not explaining the difference between Australia and the United States, you can find Mark in the mountains, at a show or on his skateboard.