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She Explores

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Come find inspiration with women in the outdoors. Interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping, entrepreneurship, outdoor equity, aging, conservation, motherhood, chronic illness, and more as they interse… read more


The Girls behind 'Granite Gals'

Sisters Alex and Sage Herr have been summiting peaks in the White Mountains since they were 5 years old. Now 15 and almost 13, respectively, their enthusiasm for hiking has remained the same as ever. Proof that for all the activities we grow out of in life, there’s no saying you have to grow out of hiking.

Gale met up with the girls and their mom, Trish, for a winter hike of WIldcat Ridge. After hearing about their podcast, Granite Gals, we wanted to learn more. We talk about why they started hiking at such a young age, what makes them want to take on big challenges, hiking solo, what excites them about podcasting, and the benefits of hiking with your kids.

Featured in this Episode: Patricia (Trish) Herr, Sage Herr, and Alexandra Herr. Listen to their podcast, Granite Gals, via their website, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you stream stories.

Featured in the midroll: Cartoonist Connie Sun aka @cartoonconnie. Connie draws cartoons and they've helped her get in touch with her emotions and her outdoorsy self.

Hosted and produced by Gale Straub.

In this episode, you'll hear:

  • How the girls started hiking 4,000 footers in New Hampshire at age 5
  • Some NH hiking vernacular
  • Why Alex enjoys hiking solo
  • The origins of the "Terrifying 25" hikes in NH
  • Why the girls like a hiking challenge
  • What "gridding" is in the White Mountains
  • How Granite Gals podcast got started
  • Why the girls talk about sexism on their show
  • The benefits of incorporating hiking into their lives
  • Midroll: Cartoonist Connie Sun shares what she loves about cartooning her innermost thoughts and outdoor experiences

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Links mentioned in this episode:
Alex's Hiking Blog
Granite Gals
The Terrifying 25
4,000 Footers
Cartoon Connie
Connie Wonnie

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Music for this episode is by Josh Woodward, Kai Engel, and Lee Rosevere via

Music is also by Siren and the Sea.

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