About

We all have vastly different experiences in life and in the outdoors, but we connect over meaningful expression and feeling inspired by time spent outside.

She Explores is committed to creating a space where others’ voices are amplified. We’re always on the lookout for how the conversation about and between women is changing, for voices that still aren’t being heard, for what’s next in the outdoor industry and environmental world, for discussions that are hard to start but important to have, and for stories that reveal we are not alone — even in our private journeys.

 


The Podcast

Interviews, narrative stories, and listener submissions make up a tapestry of over 150 episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.

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New to the podcast? Start with a few of our favorite episodes:

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The Blog

From curated reading lists and interviews, to artist profiles and conservation pieces, She-Explores.com is home to a huge breadth of voices and topics—with a focus on emotion-based stories and practical content for inquisitive outdoorswomen. Since our founding in 2014, we have featured more than 500 women’s stories, photographs, and artwork.

A few stories to get you started:

Have your own story to share? Check out our Submission Guidelines and contribute your perspective.


She Explores is a Production of Ravel Media

At Ravel Media we tell stories, produce audio and digital content, and cultivate community.  Discover all our podcasts and projects at ravelmedia.co.


The Team

Gale Straub

Gale Straub

Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Podcast Host & Producer

I founded She-Explores.com in 2014 as I headed out on a long road trip with my partner. I wanted to create a space where women could share their stories, photographs, and artwork of their experiences outside and on the road. Two years later, I decided to deepen the conversations that were happening on social media and through essays by launching She Explores as a podcast. It’s been so fun to connect with people through this intimate medium.

 


Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes

Social Media & Contributing Writer

Photo by Miriam Subbiah

I originally joined the She Explores team as a volunteer, taking on a variety of community and content-driven projects. Eventually it turned into hosting and producing a second road-travel podcast and community of its own, and today I work closely with the Ravel Media team on all our podcasts and projects, including assisting with She Explores social media and contributing writing and photography.

 


Hailey Hirst

Hailey Hirst

Digital Content Editor & Design

My journey with She Explores began on Instagram. I followed along and read the blog avidly before applying for a summer internship in 2016. I currently work on cultivating our website content, digital collaboration, and pitch inquiries. I also design products, graphics, and contribute to our visual branding.

Interesting in working with me on a digital feature? Find out more about how to tell your story here.


Noël Russell

Noël Russell

Brand Partnerships

My adoration of She Explores began in 2016 when I spoke with Gale for an interview, where we chatted about vanlife, the Sierra Nevada, and my work in social service. Since then, I’ve continued to be inspired by the stories shared, and connections formed, thanks to She Explores.

As a lover of our wild spaces, and a champion for inclusion – I’m stoked to be able to support this awesome community by stewarding partnerships with brands who share the same passion for leading with curiosity, and lifting up voices which deserve to be heard.


Tori Duhaime

Tori Duhaime

Sponsored Content Production

I am a Salt Lake City-based photographer and movement artist, originally from Durango, CO. In the outdoors, I’m a jack of all trades, master of none — so you can find me skiing powder in the Wasatch and exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, sometimes with only a few hours in between. I likes quality local Utah beer and getting caught in snowstorms.

As the Sponsored Content Producer, I strives to create imagery and writing that ensures movement and ethical experiences are at the core of our representation with partnering brands.