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Ivy Le’s ‘Fear of Going Outside’ Is the Best New Outdoors Podcast Right Now

The AAPI creator focuses on her love of nature shows pressing up against her nouveau desire to go camping. And it’s freakin’ delightful and hilarious.

A breath of fresh air in the outdoor podcast space, Texas comedian Ivy Le — a self-described indoor person — brings her citified curiosity for the outdoors into a full-bore audio format.

The first season of her fabulous podcast “Fear of Going Outside” tackles issues of race, education, and the questions that the less outdoorsy among us have for the more outdoorsy types. And although serious topics come up throughout, the effervescent nature of Le’s narration is both enlightening and entertaining.

And the point of the first season is Le’s wildly fun and overzealous preparation for her first camping trip. She dogs friends for outdoorsy stories, goes shopping at REI, has a therapy session on mental preparedness, hikes with an Indigenous outdoor activist, goes on her first off-trail hike, and more.

Though she posits that it’s a show for people who are in the same boat of being outdoors-curious, I’d counter that it’s equally fun and informative for folks well-versed in the outdoors.

It’s easy to root for Le along her journey. Dive in and enjoy.

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Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.