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The Dirtbag Diaries

Duct Tape Then Beer

Sports, Wilderness

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Overview

This is what adventure sounds like. Climb. Ski. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Run. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and the Duct Tape Then Beer team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.

395 Episodes

Outside/In: 'Til The Landslide Brings It Down

We're sharing an episode from our friends at Outside/In. Their team of reporters combine solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling that sits at the crossroads of the outdoors, science and the environment and how those themes interact with the rest of our world. Til the landslide brings it down explores what happens when a growing threat of landslides collides with a housing crisis. Host Nate Hegyi visits Juneau to see one example of why, across the country, even the most progressive Americans are rejecting tough truths about climate change when it comes knocking at their own back door. Listen to Outside / In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or where you get your podcasts. LINKS You can check out Juneau’s new hazard maps, along with many of its neighborhood meetings, on their website. Dive into why the insurance industry stopped providing landslide coverage to Southeast Alaska. KTOO had a wonderful story on how a 1936 landslide that killed 15 people in Juneau became a faded memory. Zach Provant, a researcher at the University of Oregon, spent months investigating the rollout of Juneau’s hazard maps.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

Beth Rodden: A Light Through The Cracks

Beth Rodden first started climbing in 1995, and it wasn’t long before she radically changed the sport. Within three years, she’d become the first woman to climb 5.14; within five, she’d established a still unrepeated free route on Yosemite’s El Capitan. Today, Beth is making waves in a different way: by leading the climbing community in difficult, vulnerable conversations. Fitz chats with Beth about her new book, A Light Through the Cracks, and what it means to live a big life. Support comes from Ketone.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks AeroPress Use code DIARIES to save 20% Pre-Order States of Adventure– 30 stories adapted from The Diaries into a book! Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

States of Adventure book Pre-order

We made a book! For the last year, Fitz and Becca have been working on adapting 30 episodes into essays and pairing them with incredible imagery. And we are really excited to be able to (nearly) share it with you. You can pre-order States of Adventure: 30 Outdoor Adventure Stories About Finding Yourself By Getting Lost now through July 22nd. The book will hit shelves worldwide July 23rd. Pre-order States of Adventure: geni.us/StatesofAdventure

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

Live From 5Point Vol. 10

Thirteen years ago Fitz got talked into doing our first live Dirtbag Diaries at 5Point Film Festival. So, we were thrilled to to return again for the 2024 festival and talk with Dr. John Francis, Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk. In 1971, John gave up motorized transportation after seeing the effects of an oil spill on wildlife. Months later he took a vow of silence that lasted 17 years. A forerunner in the intersectional environmentalist movement, we talked about the influence of the Beatles, loneliness, and finding home. In the last 15 years, the creative lights of Taylor and Renan have shown as bright as any through art, through photography and film. They hold an incredible duality of bearing witness to the human spirit and on the flip side, they aren’t afraid to look at the difficult parts of human nature and its impact on animals, humans and our planet. A Symphony of Tiny Lights Trailer John’s book: Human Kindness: True stories of compassion and generosity that changed the world Support comes from Ketone.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

The Shorts— Everybody Loves Lyle

“With no roads to this wave, we had hiked in a dozen or so miles along the beach from the nearest town as a huge swell raged next to us,” writes Tyler Homen. A weekend of surfing with buddies turns epic when everyone’s favorite pup, Lyle, goes missing. In partnership with 1% For The Planet Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

Querencia (Español)

Creciendo en Michigan, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada no creía que el esquí era cosa de ella, y no fue hasta que se mudo a Wyoming que descubrió la alegría que le podía traer. El año pasado, decidió esquiar el pico más alto de México, el Pico de Orizaba, con una meta significativa: incluir a sus papás, que nunca habían entendido completamente las actividades que hacía su hija, en el paseo. Durante este viaje, Vanessa reflexiona sobre qué significa pertenecer, crear acceso, y descubrir alegría. In partnership with Kuat Racks 1% Percent For the Planet Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

Homecoming (English)

Growing up undocumented in Michigan, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada didn't think skiing was for her, and it wasn't until she moved to Wyoming that she found how much joy it brought her. Last year, she set her sights on skiing Mexico's tallest peak, Pico de Orizaba, with a meaningful twist: her parents, who have never quite understood why skiing was so important to their daughter, would join her at basecamp. On this trip, Vanessa reflects on belonging, creating access, and finding joy. In partnership with Kuat Racks 1% Percent For the Planet Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

The Only Way Out Is Through

Natalie Brechtel joined the U.S. Antarctic Program at the South Pole for a supposed dream gig, but instead it was the start of a year marked by harassment, a toxic work environment and loss. Despite losing the ability to trust both her colleagues and herself, she kept going back, redefining what it means to feel safe. A decade later, she faced one final exit challenge: to lead her team on a 26-day traverse to the South Pole. Support comes from One Percent For the Planet

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

The Shorts-- Chasing A Vision

At different points in their lives, both Brice Ruiz and Ashley Lose found themselves at a crossroads. Brice wanted to run his first ultramarathon, but wouldn’t call himself a “runner.” Ashley and her partner had just hit the road when she found out she was pregnant, pushing them to reconsider their definition of home. In each of their essays, Brice and Ashley find a path to creating the lives they wanted to lead. Support comes from Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

Race Day

Chances are at some point you’ve signed up for an organized race or event. Maybe you’ve participated in a local turkey trot or maybe you’ve run Western States. You register, pay the entry fee, train, show up and try hard. Race day can almost feel like magic. This is a story about the people behind the scenes making all that magic happen. Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

The Winter Rangers

During their twelve winters as winter rangers in Yosemite National Park, Rob and Laura Pilewski have learned a thing or two about what it means to love a place– and a person. Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

The Shorts-- The Wilderness Within

Both Julia Hoer and Josie McKee suffered traumatic experiences that forced them to reckon with their identities and priorities. But through time in the mountains, each learned that they had within them everything they needed. Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

The FIFTY

At the beginning of each year, we typically take a survey of our community and learn about your goals for the upcoming year. This year to celebrate the new year, Fitz sat down with professional skier Cody Townsend about his goal of skiing all of the Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America. We might just have to call this episode the Many Years of a Big Audacious Idea. Support comes from HVMN Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks AG1 Alpenglow Speaker Series Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

Grand Traverse

The Grand Traverse is a ski race like no other: skiers begin at midnight and navigate 40 miles through the dark and they often face blizzards, frostbite, and gear failures. The race follows old postal routes through Colorado’s high mountains connecting the iconic ski towns of Crested Butte and Aspen– racers trudge over mountain passes topping out at over 12,000 feet. Needless to say, the event is reserved for hearty and adventurous folks – like Pat O’Neill. Pat is the only person who has participated in the race every year since it began in 1997, and he’s come to realize the race is about more than finishing fast— it’s about the adventure, his ski partners, and the memories. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2023

The Shorts--The Myth of Stars

As a kid, Lauren DeLaunay Miller desperately wanted to see a shooting star. Years later, in the vastness of the Utah desert, she finally got her wish. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Rumpl

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

Right Place, Right Time Rivalry

A crisp sunny morning with tacky stone. The spring flush of desert sun and good dirt. Long summer days that tangle with night. What’s best? Armed with facts, waxing poetic prose, and a touch of emotional heat, our staff goes toe to toe to determine which region has the best season. It’s tournament time! Today’s episode is from our Dirtbag Diaries+ channel. Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Rumpl

Transcribed - Published: 24 November 2023

DBD+ Preview: A Fine Line with Graham Zimmerman

Alpinist and labradoodle devotee Graham Zimmerman has poured his heart into climate change activism after witnessing its effects in the world's great ranges. His new book, "A Fine Line" reflects on his incredible climbing career. In the sometimes overly macho, deeply risky pursuit of alpine climbing, his book offers a welcomed counterpoint to the narrative we often hear. Fitz sat down with Graham for a live Q&A at The Mountaineers in Seattle earlier this month. Read A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains Want to hear the full conversation? Subscribe to Diaries+ Gift a subscription

Transcribed - Published: 17 November 2023

Paso a Paso (English)

When Arlene Gonzalez started running eleven years ago, she quickly discovered its ability to mend a broken heart, inspire confidence, and bring people together. Today, she finds her passion in uniting a binational community across the U.S.-Mexico border around a shared love of movement. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Rumpl Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2023

Paso a Paso (Español)

Cuando Arlene Gonzalez empezó a correr hace once años, descubrió cómo el deporte puede reparar un corazón roto, inspirar confianza, y crear comunidad. Hoy, Arlene encuentra pasión en unir la comunidad binacional entre EE.UU. y México a través de un amor compartido por correr. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Rumpl Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2023

Tales of Terror Vol. 14

In our annual Tales of Terror episode, we’ve got dark caves, unsettling landscapes, and unexplainable figures in the night. Mua ha ha. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks AeroPress Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2023

The Shorts--Seeking Caribou

Fifteen years ago, Tim Irvin went on a solo trip to the Arctic with the hope of seeing the annual caribou migration. Despite mobs of blackflies and an unpleasant encounter with poop, Tim soon found his stride and connected with the natural world in a new way. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks AeroPress

Transcribed - Published: 13 October 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Right Place, Right Time Rivalry

A crisp sunny morning with tacky stone. The spring flush of desert sun and good dirt. Long summer days that tangle with night. What's best? Armed with facts, waxing poetic prose, and a touch of emotional heat, our staff goes toe to toe to determine which region has the best season. It's tournament time! Got a favorite season in a region to share? Call us at 206-705-3006. You just might hear your voice on a future episode. Want to hear more? Subscribe to Dirtbag Diaries+

Transcribed - Published: 6 October 2023

Endangered Spaces--Castner Range

Gabaccia Moreno is our guide to one of our newest National Monuments– The Castner Range in El Paso, Texas. She talks with some of the people who worked over decades to make the designation a reality, gives us a window into the biological and cultural significance of the area, and describes a coalition that can be a model for 21st century conservation. Learn More Frontera Land Alliance Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks YETI Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Yes To Never

A Campfire Chat about the silly things we've done and that we would never do again. (Well, almost never.) Got a story you want to share? Call the Dirtbag Hotline at 206- 705-3006 Want to hear more? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 15 September 2023

The Shorts -- Walking Tall

Lance Garland and Eileen Hall grappled with their identities in different ways and at different stages of their lives. In this episode, we hear how they started to how to walk tall and embrace who they are at sea and on the trail. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks YETI

Transcribed - Published: 8 September 2023

Mayor of Eldo

When Aubrey Runyon first climbed in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon State Park, it was for fun. When she returned several years later, Aubrey was needing a place to call home. Over the years, her relationship with Eldo has weaved between recreation and survival, and eventually healing and love. When Aubrey faced a new big challenge, she leaned on Eldo for strength by way of a big goal– to reach 10,000 pitches in the park. American Alpine Club’s Climbing Grief Fund Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Aura Frames Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today Got a Tale of Terror? Submit it now!

Transcribed - Published: 25 August 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Ask Me Anything

You ask, we answer with anecdotes, stories and advice. Today's Q-- If you could be part of any historical expedition, which would it be and why? Want to hear more? Join the Diaries+ community.

Transcribed - Published: 18 August 2023

The Shorts -- Suddenly Solo

When Laura Buchan’s cycling partner bails a month before their bikepacking trip along the West Coast, she decides to go anyway. In that 1500-mile journey, she learns that she has everything she needs within her. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks YETI Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 11 August 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Will To Wild with Shelby Stanger

Talking to people makes Shelby Stanger sparkle. As the host of the podcast, Wild Ideas Worth Living, Shelby dives into her guests motivations for making and taking the leap to try something unexpected. She stopped by to talk about the leaps she's made in her own life and that she shares in her new book, Will to Wild. Will To Wild — Shelby Stanger

Transcribed - Published: 4 August 2023

Endangered Spaces: Eastern Sierra

California’s legacy of gold mining goes back generations, but as the world of mining has evolved, so too have our ideas about public lands. Today’s mining projects are still dictated by the 1872 Mining Law, leaving land managers little recourse to say no to environmentally damaging projects. Last spring, environmental advocates and cycling enthusiasts Emily Markstein and Amber Rassler organized a bike tour along the Eastern Sierra to see firsthand the spaces under imminent threat from mining projects– and to learn that some things are worth more than gold. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks YETI

Transcribed - Published: 28 July 2023

Diaries+Preview: Forbidden Ring

Producer Andrew Burton brings us the story of his wild hunt for a wedding ring he lost while climbing Forbidden Peak. And, we have our first Ask Me Anything, from a listener submitted question. Want to hear more? Subscribe to Dirtbag Diaries+

Transcribed - Published: 21 July 2023

The Shorts—One Paddle At A Time

When Jayme Vance and her husband set out on a packrafting honeymoon deep in Denali National Park, her worries about the trip were exacerbated by her father’s illness at home. As she welcomes Luke’s new role in her life, she grapples with the knowledge that soon, she’ll need to say goodbye to her first adventure partner. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks YETI Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 14 July 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Bonk! Listener Edition

We put out a call for your best bonk stories, and you answered. Stories from listeners who miscalculated just how many calories they needed to get through the day. Thanks to everyone who called in!

Transcribed - Published: 30 June 2023

Take The Wheel

Drew and Sarah embark on a once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip across the country to see the places they’ve always dreamed of seeing. In doing so, they pave a path for other people who, like them, haven’t always seen themselves represented in the outdoors. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks YETI Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 23 June 2023

Thin Green Line

Chandra Brown, a veteran river guide, led a five day writers retreat for a group of authors along the U.S Mexico border. While canoeing the Rio Grande they navigate physical challenges, and see the effects of government policies first hand. On their final night, Mother Nature erupts and reinforces the lessons they have learned over the course of the trip. Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Aura Frames Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 9 June 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Bonk!

We've all been down that odd, potentially hallucinogenic path of calorie miscalculation. A campfire conversation about the moments when we bonked. Got a bonk story? Leave us a message at 206-705-3006 and your story might be included in one of our next episodes. Want to hear more? Subscribe to Dirtbag Diaries+

Transcribed - Published: 2 June 2023

The Shorts--In My Heart All Along

After years of turning to nature for relief from his inner turmoil, Andrew finally reached his breaking point and decided to face his demons head-on. This decision forced him to reckon with identity, spirituality, and relationship to the outdoors. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Global Rescue

Transcribed - Published: 26 May 2023

Alpine Classroom

A young man hungry to learn how to recreate in the mountains, and a veteran guide leading the NOLS course in the Waddington Range of British Columbia. Their recollections of the trip, the challenges they face and the moments they find memorable, do not always line up. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Rumpl Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 12 May 2023

Diaries+ Preview: Beyond The Wall

How has being an adaptive athlete changed and evolved over the years? Fitz talks with climber Craig DeMartino, a leader not just in the adaptive sports community, but the greater outdoor community. Want to hear more? Subscribe to Dirtbag Diaries+

Transcribed - Published: 5 May 2023

The Confluence

Kate and Ani Williams have been adventuring together for more than two decades. Last year, they leveled up on a backpacking trip to Argentine Patagonia, where a challenging river crossing marked a shift in their relationship as mother and daughter. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Rumpl Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 28 April 2023

The Shorts--Esker Calling

When Kari Hedin’s life is turned upside down, she found solace on her habitual lunchtime trail runs in the wooded eskers of Minnesota. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Global Rescue

Transcribed - Published: 14 April 2023

Diaries+ Preview: More with Majka Burhardt

How many things can you balance being really good at in your life? Fitz and Majka Burhardt discuss ice climbing, entrepreneurship, risk, parenting twins and her new book More: Life on the Edge of Motherhood and Adventure. Want to hear more? Subscribe to Dirtbag Diaries+

Transcribed - Published: 7 April 2023

Mt. Doom Magic

For 12-year-old Rory Rielly and 77-year-old James Niehues, the ski map is an object of wonder and a portal to adventure. Their love for depicting mountain landscapes enriches their passion for skiing and demonstrates the importance of having someone to show us the way. Check out more of James’ art and his recently published book, The Man Behind The Maps, with over 200 ski maps. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 24 March 2023

The Elk

In 2018, backcountry skier Kjell Redal decided he wanted to try his hand at bowhunting for elk. The only trouble is, he had no prior experience or mentors and was living in Miami, FL. Over the course of four years Kjell goes from a newbie, thrashing his way off trail and never seeing an elk, to a once in a lifetime experience. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2023

More Type II Fun

What if we invested more in the things that brought us joy? The outdoors. Community. Creativity. This is what gets us out of bed in the morning. For years, you’ve been asking for more – more stories and more ways to support our show. Today, we introduce Dirtbag Diaries+. Exclusive episodes. Community collaboration. Ad free. Where we go from here depends on you. Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today.

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2023

The Shorts--Two Nudes and a Newb

When Amanda Hayley set out on her first solo travel adventure in Olympic National Park, she felt ready to take on whatever challenges could come her way. But when she loses her way on an audacious day hike, she needs to rely on the help of some very interesting strangers. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Global Rescue

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2023

Endangered Spaces--Colorado River

After two decades of drought, the Colorado River, which supplies water for drinking, power, and agriculture to over 40 million people, was named America’s most endangered river. In 2018, river advocates and paddlers Mike and Jenny Fiebig spent five months paddling the Colorado from its source in the Wind River mountains to the Gulf of Mexico to understand the river’s challenges firsthand – while collecting stories about change from the people who depend on it most. Today, as the river faces unprecedented shortages from climate change and overconsumption – activists, indigenous leaders, water managers and scientists are working to find solutions to create an equitable future for the river and those who depend on it. Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Global Rescue Learn More American Rivers Water and Tribes Initiative Center for Colorado River Studies

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2023

Last Skier Standing

“At the end of the 24 hours, I looked around and pretty much everyone was still there,” says Brody Leven. “And I'm like, ‘What is wrong with these people?’” In 2022, Brody and Ben Eck were two of nearly 100 skiers who entered The Last Skier Standing. The endurance event has a simple premise: skin up 1,100 feet and ski back down within an hour. And then it repeats every hour. How many laps can you go? Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Global Rescue

Transcribed - Published: 27 January 2023

The Year of Big Ideas 2023

In 2021, Dirtbag Diaries producer Cordelia Zars launched a theater company. For two years it was a side hustle where she used her strengths as an artist, storyteller and songwriter. Now, she’s taking the leap to directing full time with Empathy Theatre Project. Plus, friends and contributors share their goals to keep you dreaming and scheming for the year to come. Happy New Year! Support comes from Patagonia Kuat Racks Global Rescue Athletic Greens

Transcribed - Published: 13 January 2023

The Zars Brothers

5 years apart, Levin and Tilden Zars are wiry, rugged, and maddeningly strong on mountain bikes. They have scars to prove a childhood of egging each other on, and finesse to prove they've never let each other stay down after a fall. Through the ups and downs, the sends and the falls, they share a remarkable sibling bond.

Transcribed - Published: 23 December 2022

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