It’s no surprise that we believe getting outside every day is the perfect habit for your new year. But do you know why? Over the next few weeks we’ll talk about the how, why, nuts and bolts of building our outdoor habit — and the tools you need to do it, too.

[1:50] Why now is a good time for an outdoor habit
[2:15] The Humans Outside origin story
[4:30] The day I decided to build an outdoor habit
[5:40] The day I decided to try for 20 minutes a day
[6:05] How to get the new free 30-day habit tracker printable
[6:30] This week’s outdoor hero

Are you ready to welcome back the light in the season of hard and dark? This week Amy and the family visited another state park cabin as they celebrated Winter Solstice — the darkest and shortest day of the year — and contemplated the challenges and gifts that the darkness can bring.

[:30] The feelings of winter

[1:00] The test of winter in Alaska

[1:30] Another weekend at a cabin

[2:20] The lack of motivation and SAD

[3:17] The celebration of Winter Solstice

[4:00] This week’s outdoor hero: the Luci inflatable solar lantern

How do you make holiday memories outside and power through the dark days of December and winter? In this week’s Outdoor Diary Amy talks about her favorite annual outdoor festival in her small Alaska town and marks her latest milestone, 1,200 days in a row going outside for at least 20 consecutive minutes

[:35] Big things in Amy’s outdoor fun

[:50] What’s up with Amy’s little town and why it matters

[2:25] What is “Colony Christmas”

[2:45] The “smooshing” race

[4:20] Why hitting 1,200 days in the winter is important

[5:05] More about The Pants (yes, again)

[5:55] Some housekeeping stuff you should hear

Sometimes you just need to make space for a big idea to come. Check out this installment of Amy’s outdoor diary to find out how she did just that. Plus, hear how she got outside this week!

[:26] How Amy gets good ideas

[1:48] Amy’s retreat

[2:22] What she accomplished

[3:52] What Amy did outside this week

[4:53] This week’s Outdoor Hero

If you’ve followed Humans Outside for ever a millisecond, you know how incredibly important we think coffee is. We might be a little obsessed. But there’s just something about a hot cup of coffee by the campfire, in a mug on a cold day, brewed at the top of a mountain, sipped over a walk on a beach, or happily enjoyed basically anywhere outside that’s just entirely perfect.

Luckily we’re not the only people who think that. Tim Gravel, co-owner of the Alaska-based Kaladi Brothers doesn’t just know good coffee, he knows good coffee outside. And in this episode he helps us dial into the best ways for brewing coffee outdoors.

[1:48] Tim Gravel’s favorite outdoor space

[3:51] Tim’s outdoor story

[4:57] Why outdoor challenges matter

[7:36] Exactly what Tim means by “challenging snow conditions”

[11:52] Why Alaska is so magical

[14:57] About Kaladi Brothers coffee

[19:36] Tim’s favorite coffee tricks

[27:25] Coffee in the backcountry

[28:42] What about instant coffee?

[35:00] Coffee when car camping

[42:05] Tim’s favorite outdoor gear

[43:07] Tim’s most essential outdoor gear

[44:10] Tim’s favorite outdoor moment

How do you create a new tradition or know a new tradition worth keeping? Hear how Amy and her family spent Thanksgiving outside and whether it was as bad as she thought it would be.

[:30] How it all started

[1:50] How did it go?

[2:11] What you need to bring for Thanksgiving in a cabin

[3:40] Outdoor Hero

[3:53] The next Bushatz cabin trip

Ever made plans for the winter in the summer? All sounds like a good idea when it’s sunny outside. So here we are in November, and it’s time to enjoy the plans we made six months ago.

[:40] What you could win!

[:58] Second-guessing plans

[1:48] Bushatz Thanksgiving adventure

[2:58] How you can win a pair of Goodr sunglasses!

[3:40] How to keep up with Humans Outside

When was the last time you knew exactly what to buy every single person on your holiday shopping list? And that’s why we created this special edition of the Humans Outside podcast, a 2020 holiday gift guide with items picked not just because they make good gifts, but because we really, really like them.

Even better? Seven of them are a part of our 7 Giveaways in 7 Days, with giveaways opening for entries Nov. 19 to 25.

Hear Amy talk to two special guests — husband Luke Bushatz and ‘running wife’ Rachel Gernat – in this hilarious gift guide. And please ignore the part where we wander into a discussion about what an ascot is and the various really silly ways Luke wears hats.

[:32] Luke joins us to talk about gifts
[2:03] All about the Noxgear Tracer360 Visibility vest
[6:26] About Combat Flip Flops
[8:41] All about SCOTTeVEST
[10:35] ‘Running wife’ Rachel joins us
[11:23] Why we like trekking poles
[14:45] Why we love Klean Kanteen
[17:59] Our biggest obsession: Goodr
[22:07] Luke comes back to talk about stocking stuffers
[22:19] Talking about Honey Stinger and UnTapped
[24:48] All about liner gloves
[28:33] What is a ‘buff?’
[29:49] An ascot that is not a hat, and why Luke wears hats that are ridiculous

Amy and her family are under quarantine and battling through COVID-19. But they’re still headed outside every day for at least 20 minutes, and know that doing the same is key to staying safe, sane and getting healthy.


Hear more on this week’s episode of the Humans Outside podcast.

[:35] Humans Outside is quarantined!

[:45] How everyone’s feeling

[1:20] Why getting outside is still important

[2:00] How the Bushatz family is getting outside

[3:08] What’s coming up on Humans Outside

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