[Podcast] How to Hike Solo and Make it in Outdoor Journalism with Shawnté Salabert: Episode 5
I am so excited to share this episode and conversation with Shawnté Salabert. She's hiked over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and spent two years on the trail taking photos and recording impressions for her book, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California. I got to know Shawnté through her work as a journalist when she interviewed me for Adventure Journal. She's had articles published in Alpinist, Backpacker, Outside, Los Angeles Magazine and Modern Hiker, among others.
In this episode, we chat about how she got her start in the outdoor world, leaving the security of a well-paying job in the music industry to pursue her passion as an outdoor journalist. We talk about her tips for tackling big goals and hiking solo and she shares her favorite trail food. After talking about adventure, we take a deep dive about the role that journalism can play in disrupting implicit bias, and why we need to protect and support a free and independent press now more than ever.
This episode is filled with inspiration as well as practical advice. It was a treat to interview Shawnté. I hope you enjoy this episode and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it.
Resources on disrupting implicit bias:
The Avarna Group: Justice + Equity + Diversity + Inclusion
Here are links to some of Shawnté's work we reference in the show:
What We Can Learn from the Camber Outdoors Fiasco
Trona's Boom Bust and Uncertain Future