Willow Belden is creating Out There podcast
85

patrons

$414
per month
Nature has a remarkable capacity for helping us make sense out of our lives and the world around us. And Out There is a testament to that power.

It all started in 2014, when I quit my job and set out to hike 500 miles through the wilderness of Colorado -- by myself.

I had been working as a reporter and anchor for Wyoming's NPR station, and it was the kind of job I'd always wanted. But I wasn't happy. The constant deadlines and the 5 a.m. schedule wreaked havoc on my social life, and I couldn't shake a sense of quiet desperation. To make matters worse, my mother had passed away several years earlier, and the lingering grief from the loss was weighing on me.

So I decided to hike. I told my boss I was leaving, packed up my blue backpack, and set off to thru-hike the Colorado Trail, all the way from Denver to Durango. 

The five-week trek did all the things that wilderness journeys are supposed to do: it helped me come to terms with my mother's death, gave me the confidence to risk a new career path (producing this podcast), and made me fall in love with life again. For many of us, spending time in nature can have a similar effect.

But not everyone gets to go on grand adventures. 

Out There bridges that gap by bringing you stories about other people's transformative experiences in the outdoors -- stories that make you laugh and cry and think about things a little differently than you did before.

Out There has won several national and regional awards, has been listed as the #1 outdoor podcast on iTunes, and has a steadily growing listenership. I couldn't be more thrilled. 

But producing the show takes time -- and money. Most episodes take months to put together, and there are significant overhead costs each month. We can't afford to pay our freelance producers anywhere near what they're worth, and my colleague Alex and I don't get paid at all.

This is where you come in. 

If Out There has made your life brighter in some small way, help us take this show to the next level by becoming a patron. We welcome pledges in any amount - whether it's $1 a month, or $100 -- and are eternally grateful to everyone who helps make this podcast possible.
Tiers
Mont Blanc
$1 or more per month 29 patrons
Our eternal thanks! 


+ A warm fuzzy glow from supporting quality independent media

Kilimanjaro
$5 or more per month 36 patrons
Our eternal thanks ...


+ A shout-out on the show


+ A handwritten thank you card from Willow


+ A 20% discount on all Out There merch in our online store 

Denali
$10 or more per month 16 patrons
Our eternal thanks ...


+ Your choice of an Out There t-shirt or tank top, sent to you in the second month of your support


+ Rewards from the Kilimanjaro tier

Everest
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
Our eternal thanks ...


+ A super-comfy Out There hoody, sent in the second month of your support


+ The opportunity to record a conversation with Willow, which may be aired on the show. (No pressure; only if you want to!)


+ Rewards from the Kilimanjaro tier

Goals
$414 of $450 per month
More episodes!

We would love to produce Out There more frequently for you. Once we get to $450/month, we can do just that.
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Nature has a remarkable capacity for helping us make sense out of our lives and the world around us. And Out There is a testament to that power.

It all started in 2014, when I quit my job and set out to hike 500 miles through the wilderness of Colorado -- by myself.

I had been working as a reporter and anchor for Wyoming's NPR station, and it was the kind of job I'd always wanted. But I wasn't happy. The constant deadlines and the 5 a.m. schedule wreaked havoc on my social life, and I couldn't shake a sense of quiet desperation. To make matters worse, my mother had passed away several years earlier, and the lingering grief from the loss was weighing on me.

So I decided to hike. I told my boss I was leaving, packed up my blue backpack, and set off to thru-hike the Colorado Trail, all the way from Denver to Durango. 

The five-week trek did all the things that wilderness journeys are supposed to do: it helped me come to terms with my mother's death, gave me the confidence to risk a new career path (producing this podcast), and made me fall in love with life again. For many of us, spending time in nature can have a similar effect.

But not everyone gets to go on grand adventures. 

Out There bridges that gap by bringing you stories about other people's transformative experiences in the outdoors -- stories that make you laugh and cry and think about things a little differently than you did before.

Out There has won several national and regional awards, has been listed as the #1 outdoor podcast on iTunes, and has a steadily growing listenership. I couldn't be more thrilled. 

But producing the show takes time -- and money. Most episodes take months to put together, and there are significant overhead costs each month. We can't afford to pay our freelance producers anywhere near what they're worth, and my colleague Alex and I don't get paid at all.

This is where you come in. 

If Out There has made your life brighter in some small way, help us take this show to the next level by becoming a patron. We welcome pledges in any amount - whether it's $1 a month, or $100 -- and are eternally grateful to everyone who helps make this podcast possible.

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Tiers
Mont Blanc
$1 or more per month 29 patrons
Our eternal thanks! 


+ A warm fuzzy glow from supporting quality independent media

Kilimanjaro
$5 or more per month 36 patrons
Our eternal thanks ...


+ A shout-out on the show


+ A handwritten thank you card from Willow


+ A 20% discount on all Out There merch in our online store 

Denali
$10 or more per month 16 patrons
Our eternal thanks ...


+ Your choice of an Out There t-shirt or tank top, sent to you in the second month of your support


+ Rewards from the Kilimanjaro tier

Everest
$20 or more per month 3 patrons
Our eternal thanks ...


+ A super-comfy Out There hoody, sent in the second month of your support


+ The opportunity to record a conversation with Willow, which may be aired on the show. (No pressure; only if you want to!)


+ Rewards from the Kilimanjaro tier