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Into the Dark

Into the Dark

By Fitz Cahall   |   Feb 26, 2009 February 26, 2009

Light_socket2 Dirtbag Diaries host Fitz Cahall sets the stage for today's poignant podcast:

"Climbing — this one act saves me," says Portland rock climber Bob Grunau. Throughout his life, Grunau has struggled with the lingering clouds of depression. Until he discovered climbing, the only way to weather the darker cycles was to retreat inward into his mind. That approach worked until he became a part of a family. Grunau had to be present. In those hard moments, he turned to climbing.

High, lonesome places can provide respite and joy. We can love them deeply, but ice and rock will not love us back. Ultimately, our tenuous connections with the vertical life are not nearly as delicate as our relationships with those we love.

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(mp3 – 10:15 – right-click to download)

For more audio expressions of the outdoor life, or to submit a Shortz story of your own, head over to www.dirtbagdiaries.com.

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