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The Outdoor Evolution Podcast

Outdoor Evolution founder & contributor Darwin Rakestraw is joined by rotating co-hosts on a podcast that seeks to go beyond the usual conversations in the outdoor community. As more people turn to hiking, cycling, van-life and the outdoors - making use of public lands and Mother Nature - the questions we ask ourselves as a community need to move beyond the surface level. The Outdoor Evolution Podcast is all about the current, difficult and important discussions in the outdoor community.

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09: False Expectations

In this episode, Darwin is joined by co-host Second Chance Hiker to discuss the false expectations we can put on ourselves or others in the outdoor community. When we take the leap and set off on big adventures (thru hikes, bike tours, van life, etc…) we often do so with certain expectations of what it will be like or what we will get out of the experience. Likewise, as some people develop a following on their various adventures through social media, false expectations can arise from their audience on who they “should be” or what they “should do”. What happens when our adventures don't end up the way we thought they would? How should we feel when we aren't living up to the expectations of others?To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Second Chance Hiker on InstagramCheck out Second Chance Hiker on Youtube

56mins

19 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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08: Doing It For The Clout

In this episode, Darwin and Emory discuss the differences between sharing your adventures on social media to inspire others or doing it for the clout. Today, it's easier than ever to connect with friends, family, and followers through social media. But is everyone doing it for the right reasons? Can the authenticity of someone's adventures be affected by their motivations to share? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Emory on Instagram @emory_by_landGo to https://byland.co/podcast to learn more about The By Land Podcast and find it wherever you get your podcasts!

1hr 3mins

5 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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07: Give A WHAT?

In this episode, Darwin is joined by Arizona Wilderness Brewing owners, Jon and Pat, to discuss how companies can help give back to public lands. Last October, OE launched the #Giveashit campaign to encourage and inspire companies in the outdoor industry and the community to give back to the spaces we all share. As the newest business to join #Giveashit, AZ Wilderness makes it their mission to give back to public lands, as well as promote education for responsible use and stewardship. As outdoor recreation becomes ever more popular, how can the industry become a part of the solution to preserving public lands?To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comWant to learn more about the #Giveashit campaign? You can read all about it hereLearn more about AZ Wilderness on their websiteCheck them out on Instagram

1hr 21mins

21 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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06: Tribalism Vs The Outdoor Community

In this episode, Darwin and co-host Jupiter discuss tribalism within the outdoor community and how toxic it can be. Why do people get so heated about subjective topics like hiking styles, gear choices, or favorite creators? How can we as a community come together and learn to be more accepting and care about things that actually matter?To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Emory on Instagram @jupiterhikesCheck out Jupiter's Youtube Channel

56mins

24 May 2021

Rank #4

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05: Realities of #VanLife

In this episode, Darwin and co-host Vice discuss some of the "not so glamorous" sides of #VanLife. From the outside, looking in, living in your vehicle, and traveling the country full-time seems like a dream. Live a minimalist lifestyle, visit incredible places, and sleep somewhere new every night. But what about the other side of it? How do full-time nomads deal with the harsh, boring, and uncomfortable realities that come with "true freedom?" Sometimes #VanLife isn't as dreamy as it seems on social media.To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Vice on Instagram @thedarlingdirtbag

59mins

10 May 2021

Rank #5

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04: Failing Forward

In this episode, Darwin and co-host Einstein discuss a challenge many who pursue an adventurous lifestyle deal with, but rarely talk about: failure. We all have expectations going into a thru-hike, bike-tour, or any adventure. When we aren't able to achieve those goals, how can we move forward in a positive direction? If everyone fails, why are we still hesitant to talk about and share our failures with the community?To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Einstein on Instagram @youth.retiredRead Einstein's article on Failure here: https://theoutdoorevolution.com/explore-by-foot/2019/10/23/dealing-with-failure

55mins

26 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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03: Dear Outdoor Influencer

In this episode, Darwin is joined again by co-host Emory Wanger to discuss the relationship between the outdoor industry and social media influencers. As the outdoor community becomes more and more saturated with influencers trading content for free products, are they training companies to take advantage of a creator's true worth? What happens when a creator turns their passion into a career and can't pay their bills with a free tent? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Emory on Instagram @emory_by_landGo to https://byland.co/podcast to learn more about The By Land Podcast and find it wherever you get your podcasts!

1hr 4mins

19 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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02: The Gatekeeper

In this episode, Darwin and co-host Benny "Plug-it In" Braden explore the controversial topic of Gatekeeping, our relationship with public lands, and how to become a responsible steward of them. How can we protect our public lands for future generations while ensuring they still remain accessible to everyone?  To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Plug-it In on Instagram @plugitinhikesFollow Save Our Smokies on Facebook

1hr 3mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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01: You Don't Know Me

In this episode, Darwin and co-host Emory Wanger of the By Land Podcast explore the strange relationship that can form between media creators and their audience, and the effect it can have on the creators themselves. People who make videos, music, podcasts, and other forms of media can sometimes be put into a box by their audience. What happens when those audiences get a little too comfortable with their expectations for what their favorite creators should be doing?To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comFollow Emory on Instagram @emory_by_landGo to https://byland.co/podcast to learn more about The By Land Podcast and find it wherever you get your podcasts!

58mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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00: Welcome to The Outdoor Evolution Podcast

Outdoor Evolution founder and your host, Darwin, welcomes you to The OE Podcast. This won't be your typical outdoor or hiking podcast, but will seek to get into deeper, more authentic conversations within the outdoor community. In this, "Trailer" episode, Darwin lets you in on what some of those conversations will be, and what to expect going forward. Come join us on this adventure together!To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon.Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more.Follow us on Instagram @the_outdoor_evolutionEmail us at theoutdoorevolution@gmail.comMB01CYZM6LZN8LZ

9mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #10