Here at Darby Comm we love a quality podcast. From true crime to daily news podcasts (and anything Gimlet Media produces), we furiously consume episodes on our runs, walks, and drives. Below, we’ve pulled together a list of our 6 favorite outdoor industry podcasts. Whether they share compelling stories or provide insightful interviews, these podcasts remind us why, as an outdoor industry PR agency, we love the work we do!
Our social media manager and AT thru-hiker alum ’17, Ashleigh Sherman, enjoys listening to Trail Correspondents from The Trek. Are we surprised? No. But we do agree with her that this podcast which follows a handful of hikers as they attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, or Continental Divide Trail each hiking season is so fun to follow along.
A CLASSIC outdoor industry podcast that started it all. Fitz Cahall and the Dirtbag Diaries team have been gracing our headphones since 2007, sharing unique campfire stories from wild places, and evoking wanderlust with each episode. Pro tip: check out Episode 145, you’ll become a big fan of the Marvin+Buttercup burro racing team.
As an outdoor industry PR agency, we always enjoy keeping up with the decision-makers in our industry. The Backcountry Marketing Podcast takes a deep dive with leaders in the outdoor industry to discuss the gritty details of their marketing, branding work, personal challenges, and latest adventures. In each episode, host and producer Cole Heilborn chats with influential C-suite and marketing professionals from outdoor brands. Our Digital Relations Director, and resident data nerd, Cory Van Auken cranks up the volume, listening to episodes while he’s driving to and from work.
Don’t let the title of this podcast scare you off if you’re not a climber, it’s not a climbing podcast…well, sorta. Kathy Karlo’s For the Love of Climbing tackles some tough issues like fat-shaming, addiction, racism mixed with a dose of climbing adventures. We really enjoyed the recent episode around body inclusivity for males called, Come as You Are. The beauty of this podcast is that it showcases that we all are “just a shining example of our messy human existence.”
The Outdoor Biz Podcast is a Darby Comm favorite, and boy does Rick Saez have the perfect podcast voice! Rick knows how to ask all the right questions when chatting to some of the industry’s most interesting people. Genuine conversations lead to inspiring stories, outdoor industry career advice, and more. One of our favorite aspects of the Outdoor Biz Podcast is that it gives a voice to creatives in the outdoor space. Our industry is full of passionate people, it’s motivating to hear from creatives that take their passion and turn it into an outdoor industry career!
The slogan for Juicy Bits is what pulled us in last year, “Taking the conversations women have on the chairlift and the trail and delivering them to you every week.” Hosted by outdoor industry icon Jen Gurecki, founder of Coalition Snow, and ambassador Jillian Raymond, these two outdoor industry women tackle issues that outdoorsy women face from dude soup to politics to equity in the outdoors.