Willow Belden is creating Out There podcast
107

patrons

$615
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
$2 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• Our eternal thanks


• A warm fuzzy glow that comes from supporting quality independent media

Mount Vinson
$5 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A shout-out on the show


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


• Our eternal thanks

Kilimanjaro
$10 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A hand-written thankyou card from Willow


• A free Out There sticker


• All the rewards from the Mount Vinson level

Denali
$20 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• Membership in the Out There Postcard Club, where you'll receive hand-written postcards from Willow twice a year!


• All the rewards from the Kilimanjaro tier

Aconcagua
$50 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A free Out There mug or t-shirt (in your third month of support)


• A monthly shout-out on the show


• A 30% discount on all Out There merch in our online store 


• All the rewards from the Denali tier

Everest
$300 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A 60-second ad read by Willow on the show highlighting a nonprofit of your choice. This benefit is available each month you support Out There at this level.


• A 40% discount on all Out There merch in our online store 


• All the rewards from the Aconcagua tier

Goals
$615 of $3,000 per month
Pay our team (at least) minimum wage.

Last spring, I quit my day job. I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and truly commit to Out There. Since then, I’ve been working on the podcast full time, and I’ve been pouring everything into it. I want to make it the best show it can be, and I also want to be a good boss to the people who work with me. I want to treat them well, and compensate them for their time.

But the reality is that I don’t have the money to do that. Last year, I made less than $1.50/hour from the show. And none of my colleagues fared any better. We’ve made that work for a while, but it can’t work forever. We absolutely love making the show, but we also need to pay the rent and put food on the table.

If we raise $3,000/month through Patreon, I will be able to pay myself and my team minimum wage. Minimum wage is still … minimum wage. But it would be SUCH a big step up from where we are right now. 

Thank you SO much in advance!
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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
$2 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• Our eternal thanks


• A warm fuzzy glow that comes from supporting quality independent media

Mount Vinson
$5 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A shout-out on the show


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


• Our eternal thanks

Kilimanjaro
$10 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A hand-written thankyou card from Willow


• A free Out There sticker


• All the rewards from the Mount Vinson level

Denali
$20 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• Membership in the Out There Postcard Club, where you'll receive hand-written postcards from Willow twice a year!


• All the rewards from the Kilimanjaro tier

Aconcagua
$50 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A free Out There mug or t-shirt (in your third month of support)


• A monthly shout-out on the show


• A 30% discount on all Out There merch in our online store 


• All the rewards from the Denali tier

Everest
$300 or more per month

By becoming a patron at this level, you'll get: 


• A 60-second ad read by Willow on the show highlighting a nonprofit of your choice. This benefit is available each month you support Out There at this level.


• A 40% discount on all Out There merch in our online store 


• All the rewards from the Aconcagua tier