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The Dirtbag Diaries: Over the Line

By Fitz Cahall   |   Nov 13, 2017 November 13, 2017

“It’s like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning,” says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of a bizarre, crazy race called the Race to Alaska. The course traces 750 miles of Alaska’s Inside Passage through complicated currents and tides, busy shipping channels and bear-ridden coastlines from… Read More

Photo: Adam Colton

SUP the Danube

By Adam Colton   |   Nov 8, 2017 November 8, 2017

If you were to ask me what I did on the Danube River during my 21-day solo paddle from Ingolstadt, Germany to Belgrade, Serbia, my answer is simple. I fought crime, outran bad guys in speedboats with machine guns, almost died a few times from river monsters and 20-foot waves… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Dirtbag Diaries: Winnebago Warriors

By Fitz Cahall   |   Sep 5, 2017 September 5, 2017

“When we were living in a house, we were always compromising because we had the weight of a mortgage, of doing what we thought we should be doing,” remembers Kathy Holcombe. Until the day she, her husband Peter and their daughter Abby moved into a Winnebago to travel and work… Read More

Photo: Broudy/Donohue Photography

Grinduro Scotland

By Berne Broudy   |   Aug 11, 2017 August 11, 2017

It’s drizzling and a bag piper is piping—cliché but cute—as I roll through the steep, salty streets of Lamlash, on Scotland’s Isle of Arran, into a rooty, ferny slick single track, with 149 other bikers. Within the first quarter mile of the Grinduro Scotland, about half the… Read More

Photo: Laura Winberry

The Abbiest Place on Earth

By Laura Winberry   |   Jun 13, 2017 June 13, 2017

I can’t help but say or think or feel it: this is Abbey Land. Despite the various crusts that have formed over the years since Abbey was alive and well in the Moab area, this is still his place. Of course, it is the earth first, shifting and sliding and… Read More

Photo: David Clifford

Running the Subansiri

By Bridget Crocker   |   May 4, 2017 May 4, 2017

I’d just stepped in human shit when I noticed Arun and Tilak praying next to the river’s put-in. I wanted to join them, but by the time I had scraped the squished feces from my sandal-clad toes, the young men were finished. “We made the offering, but the eggs were… Read More

Photo: Carl Zoch

Quick and Dirty

By Carl Zoch   |   Mar 17, 2017 March 17, 2017

We were craving it: fresh ribbons of single track, grinding climbs, white-knuckle descents, solitude, dirt. Four friends, four loaded bikes (rush-packed, survival-style), vague plan, limited time. The consensus was to leave it wide open and see where the trail might lead in a condensed time frame. Not a month. It… Read More

Gerry moves seamlessly from full lotus on the mat to full trim on his surfboard. Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Tommy Schultz

Yoga with Gerry

By Hank Gaskell   |   Feb 14, 2017 February 14, 2017

For those of you who don’t know surfing, Gerry Lopez is an icon of the sport. Since the late sixties, Gerry has made surfers from around the world hoot with hyper fascination as he dazzled them with his tube riding prowess. His flowing, effortless grace in heavy-water situations… Read More

Photo: Nate Ptacek

The Boundary Waters Works for Everyone

By Adam Fetcher   |   Dec 19, 2016 December 19, 2016

Last week, federal agencies responsible for stewardship of America’s public lands did the right thing: they took a hard look at science and public opinion and made a sober decision to protect Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters from a sulfide-ore copper mining project by denying the renewal of two mineral leases. Read More

The Dirtbag Diaries

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: No Way Around It

By Fitz Cahall   |   Sep 9, 2016 September 9, 2016

Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic are the expedition kayakers. Over the past decade, the duo have made first descents of over 120 rivers in wildly remote locations across 36 countries and 6 continents. In 2016, Ben and Chris traveled to Myanmar to complete a source to… Read More

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