At any given moment during the day you can find a thin cord running from my ear canal and connecting to my phone. Nine times out of ten I am probably listening to the latest episode of some of my favorite podcast. Some come from studios and others from a trailer in someone's driveway in Colorado. All have varying audio quality (mostly decent), but are chocked full of entertainment. The following list (in no particular order) are my favorite podcasts for connecting with the outdoor disciplines I love.
Ginger Runner Live- This is the running podcast you want to listen to when you are pushing your pace. Ethan Newberry has an explosive personality that can be seen in his videos and heard through the earbuds. Ginger Runner does product reviews (found on his website or youtube channel); interviews some of the most influential people in the ultrarunning community; and creates entertaining documentaries from races/runs. Ethan's podcast provides upbeat information with lots of energy and is highly motivating. Looking for a podcast that keeps you going on those hard runs? Found it.
Gear Fix- This podcast reminds me of a conversation you have with your outdoor friends around a campfire. The format is informal but personal and is peppered with excellent information. The hosts chat about gear, industry news and recent adventures. Gear Fix maintains a casual conversation that has introduced me to some worlds that I have no knowledge of (for instance SUPing). If you are looking for a podcast that resembles a conversation focused on gear and it's use; this is the one for you.
Rich Roll Podcast- This podcast has been up and running for sometime and has a solid reputation. If you are unaware of who Rich Roll is, stop reading now. Exit my site, head to Google and acquaint yourself with his athletic accomplishments. Then come back, no seriously, please come back. Anyway the podcast is one of the few long format podcast that are great for long runs. Most the guest Rich interviews are highly interesting and provide alternative views on the surrounding world. He does an excellent job of balancing traditional information with new age material to create a podcast that helps to break down social barriers. If you are looking for a podcast to expand your horizons then Rich's podcast is the ticket.
Ultrarunner Podcast- There are a boat load of running related podcast available, but few capture my attention as well as URP. The show is a priceless resource for insider information about the sport of ultrarunning. Eric, Sarah and Ethan provide entertaining commentary while not hesitating to laugh at themselves often. URP does a excellent job of hosting the biggest names in the running world, while staying true to it's roots. Checkout Ultrarunner Podcast if you are a ultrarunner, runner, non-runner, or a human; you won't be disappointed.
The Enormocast- Remember when I mentioned recording a podcast in a Colorado driveway from inside a van/camper? Yeah this is the one. Chris Kalous is the host of the best climbing podcast available. The Enormocast provides the listener with interesting interviews with some of the biggest names in climbing. He also does a great job of connecting with the legends of the sport and providing the younger whippersnappers with some legitimate climbing knowledge. The podcast has been growing recently, picking up more sponsorships, and thus expanding it's listening audience. Don't be the last one at the crag to get on the bandwagon, starting listening now. This way you can boost your status by proclaiming that you were listening to Chris (first name basis) before he was popular.
Dirtbag Diaries- Fitz Cahall started this show in his closet, presumably in the dark. Over the years the show has transformed Fitz from weirdo in his closet to outdoor podcast legend. I have heard him referred to as the Ira Glass of the outdoor world (let that sink in for a minute). The Dirtbag Diaries is everything you want a outdoor podcast to be about. Funny, sad, painful, difficult, enlightening, and entertaining. Stories are produced to provide the listener with an escape from the daily grind. They are all well produced and each episode is caked with delicious music. The Dirtbag Diaries is the podcast for everyone and anyone who lives to play outside. End of story. Now go listen to it.
TrailRunner Nation- TRN is a yet another excellent running podcast. The show focuses on the dirty sport of trail running. The primary host Don and Scott have hilarious banter. Add in Candice Burt or Sally McRae and the jokes just start flying. While having a great time they manage to dig deep into the heart of trail running. TRN topics cover a range for runners of all levels from the beginner to the pro. And as the hosts always say, 'Get out and run, mas'
So now if you bombing down some single track; sending a route;, or laying around on a recovery day; you can be entertained and motivated by some of the best podcast available. If you have the means please help by supporting these operations as most are created out of passion and supported personally. If you are not in a position to support them financially you can always leave them a review on itunes and share the podcast with friends.