Listen to this installment of Amy’s outdoor diary to hear about how she got outside last week. Hint: it involves snowshoes and a pretty darn remote cabin.

[:54] Amy does not like trying new things
[1:45] Fighting to do new things
[2:45] About snowshoeing into a public use cabin in the winter
[4:05] What we learned by trying something new
[4:50] Outdoor hero: Alaska state parks

What if going outside isn’t just your inspiration, but also the inspiration you share with others? When Nailah Baldes Wylie looked at her life as a marketer and communicator, she knew she wasn’t happy in her job, and that one thing did make her happy and inspired — spending time outside.

And so she founded Color Outside, a coaching and community building company that takes women of color outside to explore and build both themselves and their business goals.

What is it about doing hard things outside that translates so well to business? This inspirational interview with Nailah Blades Wylie is sure to leave you ready to conquer your own challenges both in and out of the office.

[1:14] Nailah’s favorite outdoor place
[2:20] Nailah’s ah-ha moment
[4:05] Nailah’s outdoor story
[5:04] When you try something and don’t want to do it again
[7:45] How business coaching meshes with body challenges
[9:10] Why women struggle with courage
[12:00] About Nailah’s retreats
[15:02] Why a retreat outside helps you learn
[17:37] Finding peace to be productive
[20:20] How spending time outside impacts Nailah
[21:50] Some of Nailah’s retreat secrets
[25:33] How our outdoor culture discourages women of color from going outside
[29:38] The microaggressions outdoors
[32:51] Talking about taking up space
[34:30] Nailah’s favorite gear
[36:55] Nailah’s most essential gear
[38:10] Nailah’s most favorite outdoor moment

Amy discusses how she spent her time outside last week and kept things fresh even in this monotonous season of staying at home.

[1:03] The hardest thing about the new situation
[1:45] Getting used to a “new normal”
[2:10] Developing spring habits outside
[3:00] How the trails look during “break up”
[3:30] Outdoor hero: Bog Boots

Sometimes you follow your gut for problem solving. And sometimes you follow your … feet?

That, at least, is what Brian Beckstead did when he co-founded the running shoe company Altra. Looking to solve both his own running shoe problems and the problems of clients hitting up a store where he sold running shoes, he worked with a partner to design a shoe that did what they needed.

What can designing a running shoe teach about building a business? And how does staying in touch with the outdoors make a difference? Brian shares his secrets as well as a few tips about shoe design (hint: it involves a toaster oven) in this fascinating episode.

[1:15] Brian’s favorite outdoor space
[2:54] How Biran came to make Amy’s favorite shoes
[6:25] How do shoes smell in a toaster over?
[10:53] What does “zero drop” mean?
[14:06] Why you shop at local shoe stores
[15:10] Where the name “Altra” comes from
[17:51] How spending time outside helped Brian found Altra
[20:55] How to inspire people to become outdoorsy
[26:45] Brian’s advice for starting a business
[32:55] How spending time outside plays into helping others
[35:18] Some of Brian’s favorite places
[36:20] Biran’s new job at Altra
[37:45] Brian’s favorite outdoor gear
[39:00] Brian’s most essential outdoor gear
[40:40] Brian’s favorite outdoor moment

In this installment of the Humans Outside Outdoor Diary, Amy discusses how she finally had a breakthrough last week and which aspects of the outdoors got her there.

[:30] Why a week of miles feels good
[2:30] My relationship with the outdoors in Alaska
[2:55] The two things made my attitude better
[3:55] Outdoor hero: Altra Escalante

Have you ever loved a place enough to spend your life writing about it and the people who live there? That’s Charles Wohlforth’s relationship with Alaska and the outdoors.

His trademark, he said, was learning about the outdoors and the outdoor sports and people he was covering as he covered them. He also wrote extensively about global warming. And although he now lives in outside Alaska, his passion for the arctic remains.

Join us for this fascinating interview!

[1:03] Charles’ favorite outdoor space
[1:30] How Charles got to Alaska
[2:10] What drew Charles back to Alaska
[2:52] How Charles started writing about Alaska
[5:30] How Alaska is boundless and what that means
[7:45] Exploring no matter where you live
[10:00] How telling outdoor stories helped Charles
[12:47] What Charles tried because of interviews
[14:30] Why going outside is important to Charles
[16:30] Where Charles is now
[18:45] Charles’ perspective on climate change after covering it
[21:45] Is the arctic opening a good thing?
[24:00] Top tips for coming to Alaska
[28:00] Charles’ favorite parks and why he doesn’t have just one
[34:03] Charles’ advice for where to go in Alaska
[35:25] Charles’ most essential gear
[36:00] Charles’ favorite outdoor gear
[36:50] Charles’ favorite outdoor moments

Do you ever just need an attitude adjustment? Here’s how Amy worked through her bad attitude last week and how she finally found her solution in the outdoors!

[:50] Why Amy needed an attitude adjustment
[1:13] An outdoor challenge fail
[2:15] Attitude adjustment attempt two
[2:38] An outdoor attitude adjustment success on a mountain
[3:40] Outdoor hero: Luke

If you’ve listened to this podcast or followed me on Instagram, you’ve surely noticed that I love to run. It’s where I find my best therapy. But that’s not always been the case. I started running because of one person — Lisa Hallett — and the organization she cofounded, wear blue: run to remember. Lisa and I share the unbreakable bond of not just being Army wives whose husbands were in the same unit, but of trauma and loss experienced when that unit lost so many soldiers in combat, including her husband Capt. John Hallett.

In this episode Lisa shares the role spending time outside has had in her healing and helping her family move through that loss.

[1:29] Lisa’s favorite outdoor space
[2:00] About wear blue: run to remember
[3:10] How wear blue: run to remember was born
[9:40] Why wear blue: run to remember is important to Amy
[10:35] What wear blue: run to remember means to others
[14:35] Amy’s running with wear blue: run to remember
[14:52] Lisa’s outdoor story
[15:30] Why Lisa tackles hard challenges and what it has to do with grief
[18:15] Lisa’s favorite challenges
[23:15] What Lisa is doing with her kids
[26:10] Hiking the Grand Canyon with kids
[29:30] The secret to hiking with kids
[31:08] How to learn to do hard things
[32:45] Why being outside matters for helping children of the fallen
[34:20] Lisa’s most essential gear
[34:38] Lisa’s favorite outdoor gear
[32:40] Lisa’s favorite outdoor moment

Neighborhood walks, frozen lake walks, and cabin comedy of errors! Check out this outdoor diary to find out how Amy and her family got outside last week and how the outdoors are helping them stay sane during this time of upheaval.

[:40] Why going outside is most important
[1:05] Going outside with intentionality
[2:50] The comedy of errors the was the cabin rental
[3:13] The really big cabin fail
[4:07] Outdoor hero: coffee