Episode 63: Risk Takers

Episode 63: Risk Takers

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Risk is a relative term, but it always means you have something to lose, and something to gain. What happens when we take risks when we’re spending time outside? How do they pay off and when do they backfire? These are your stories of taking risks in the outdoors.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

– How listener Rebecca went from self-identifying as “not a risk-taker” to going on her first backpacking trip
– How trying something new can help change the expectations you have of yourself
– About the clarity you can find by hiking solo
– The way risks you take in the outdoors can mirror your everyday life
– The challenges of plein air painting
– When not getting a job turns into an opportunity
– Climbing Mount Whitney for sunrise
– Surviving a big storm on your first solo hike
– The importance of differentiating between risk and unneccessary risk

Find the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, GooglePlay, or wherever you stream podcasts.


Mara Johnson-Groh, Rebecca, Karen Wang, Shelby Stanger, Claire Giordano, Becky Jensen, Nikki Frumkin, Sheree Angela Matthews, Hallie Seay, Ashleigh C, Danielle O’Farrell, Megan Bixel, Tori Duhaime & Brooke Weeber.

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Original music by Liam McNally.

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Sheree Angela Matthews: Wild Swimming in Wales

Brooke Weeber

Nikki Frumkin painting – Photo by Elise Giordano

Claire Giordano Field Painting

Karen Wang

Links/Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Shelby Stanger: Wild Ideas Worth Living

Sheree Angela Matthews: Instagram

Karen Wang: Portfolio

Mara Johnson-Groh: Instagram

Claire Giordano: Portfolio & Instagram

Nikki Frumkin: Drawn to High Places

Brooke Weeber: Instagram

Danielle O’Farrell: Blog & Instagram

Becky Jensen: Writing Portfolio

Ashleigh C: Instagram

Tori Duhaime: Instagram

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  1. […] long before we left for Scapegoat, I listened to one of my favorite episodes again: Risk Takers.  One of the stories in the episode was from Tori Duhaime.  Her words really spoke to me and […]

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