The Best River Podcast
Whenever I am driving to work or I have long road trip there are a few River Podcasts that I like to listen to. Each podcast has it's own little niche in the podcast community and the topics that they cover. This list is in no order it is just the hopes that someone else who finds this doesn't have to stumble through Spotify and Instagram to get their river fix.
Natalie Zollinger has a laundry list of guest from all over the west join her each week to discuss their life stories and how the river has changed their life. Every week I find myself learning something new about the history of the river as most of her guests have years and years of experience. She has had life long guides to business owners on their. Spencer Lacy episode was pretty interesting one because he discusses all the different crafts he used as well as growing up in a river family. But, every guest has an interesting story so next time you have a long drive to the river give this podcast a listen.
Waterbound is all about the Southeast, and West Virginia. Lifelong guide Linc and a self proclaimed some guy name Ted have great conversations that always start with what beverage they are drinking. They usually give trip updates as Ted is always on the river and Linc was probably guiding on the Cheoah, Ocoee, Chattooga, New or Gauley. Did I get all of them Linc? I really enjoy this podcast because you can tell that it is two good friends talking about their favorite topic, the river. I enjoy every episode, I would recommend scrolling through and seeing which topic interests you.
From the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest, this podcast has Priscilla Macy, Erik Weiseth, and Zach Collier are all deep in the industry of whitewater outfitting. They have a unique perspective because the river is their livelihood. Their topics lead to great discussion that usually lead to entertaining debates with everyone on and sometimes they even have guest on to discuss specific topics. I really enjoyed the episode with Chris Davis about Wilderness Medicine but every episode I listen to I feel like I learn something new, even without a guest the wealth of knowledge on this show is great.
Sam Carter really loves rivers, and each episode you can tell that as he interviews each unique guest. The guests have crazy stories from running the Colorado River at 100,000 CFS to skipping out on jail to hang out on the rivers for a few extra days. Sam does a great job of asking all the questions you want to ask his guests as they tell their river stories. While most of his topics are about rivers out West any river lover can enjoy these stories. My personal favorite is recorder at camp beside the river with three people who experienced the high waters of 1983 but each episode leaves me wanting to get out on the river. Also the newest episode about
This podcast is more geared towards kayaking which makes sense for John Grace, Green River Race director, John Weld, President of IR, and Louis Geltman, a North Fork Champion get together. Sometimes their discussions get them in hot water but I enjoy their conversations and humor. They bring a lot of experiences to the table from the business side of whitewater.
These two podcasts have great outdoor content that sometimes is about the river and sometimes it is not. But, they are both great for any one in the outdoor world.