Episode 25: When Public Lands Meet Instagram
Featuring Nicole Brown and Elisabeth Brentano
This episode sponsored by Sawyer, Benchmark Maps, and Kuju Coffee
Two travelers. Six weeks. Thousands of miles. Almost no cell signal.
When Nicole Brown, founder of Women Who Hike, and professional photographer and writer Elisabeth Brentano, joined forces for an epic caravan through the Southwest, it was in the name of learning more about public lands as the locals know them-- including how to better protect them.
From their perspective on how to make the most of your time when visiting new parks and monuments, to how social media helps and hurts the places we love recreating on and how we can all do better when it comes to conserving these special outdoor spaces, Nicole and Elisabeth might make you want to take your own trip to the Southwest, and maybe even leave your phone at home.
Nicole Brown is an avid hiker and the founder of the worldwide community organization, Women Who Hike. Nicole is an advocate for public lands, conservation and using our wild spaces and trails responsibly. Nicole uses the trail as a means of empowerment and healing amidst having been diagnosed with SLE, systemic erythematosus. Today she is fighting to be in remission all the while summiting mountains and also sharing the stories of other empowered women through @WomenWhoHike social channels and organizing group hikes all over the world for other women hikers.
Elisabeth Brentano is a writer/photographer based in California, but her wanderlust takes her all over the world to shoot landscapes, wildlife and the occasional commercial project. After working in Los Angeles newsrooms for nearly a decade, she traded her high heels in for hiking boots and she has been living out of her Jeep since 2016.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
Why Nicole and Elisabeth decided to take a 6-week road trip through public lands in the southwestern US
The importance of having local conversations when you visit a new place
How seeking out the perspective of Native tribes on public lands is crucial to understanding a place’s history and significance
What to ask when you visit a Ranger Station
Why you should seek out off-the-beaten-path locations at popular parks
The importance of using Leave No Trace principles on public lands
How certain types of geotagging can impact small local lands
What the new Leave No Trace social media guidelines mean for travelers
Misadventures and anecdotes from Nicole and Elisabeth’s time on the road
Why these two traveled in separate vehicles for their entire trip
Tips for how to be more self-reliant while traveling
What 2 piece of gear Nicole and Elisabeth recommend for solo travel
What you can do to support public lands conservation, online and when traveling
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Elisabeth Brentano on Instagram - @elisabethontheroad
Natives Outdoors on Instagram - @nativesoutdoors
Listen to Nicole’s interview on Episode 52 of She Explores
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