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Fitz Cahall

Fitz Cahall

Fitz Cahall is the creator and host of The Dirtbag Diaries and the co-founder (with his wife, Becca) of Duct Tape Then Beer. Fitz’s goal is to nurture, strengthen and empower connections with the natural world. “Simply put, I want people to shut their laptops and turn off their iPhones and go live the life they daydream about.”

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The Dirtbag Diaries: 081

Aug 7, 2017 August 7, 2017

“Picture walking through a parking lot with a ski mask rolled up on your head and a pistol in your pocket. You’re getting closer to the bank, your heart’s beating faster, adrenaline’s starting to rush through your head, and you can’t believe you’re about to do what you’re about to… Read More

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The Dirtbag Diaries: Katahdin Woods and Waters

Jul 10, 2017 July 10, 2017

“The reason that I was able to do it is because I was incredibly naive,” says Lucas St. Clair. “I had no idea how much work it was gonna be when I started. Not a clue.” The thing Lucas did: work to establish Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in… Read More

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The Dirtbag Diaries: Picaflor

May 30, 2017 May 30, 2017

When a bad breakup sent him spiraling into a deep depression, Tom Ireson fixated on an unconventional way to get his head straight. “I really needed something to focus my mind on to pull me out of that,” Tom says, “and about the biggest thing I could think of was to… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Bears Ears

Apr 10, 2017 April 10, 2017

“If you really want to have an adventure that’s not going to be sexy—it’s gonna be dirty and it’s gonna be rowdy—there’s a place out here for you,” says Josh Ewing. “It’s the chance to do something where you’re not going to see another climber.” In the beginning, Josh came… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Fear is Real

Mar 10, 2017 March 10, 2017

Loosely speaking, there are two kinds of fear. There’s the fear of external, objective hazards–like getting caught in an avalanche, or taking a bad fall climbing or getting mauled by a grizzly bear. Then, there’s the internal, more slippery kind of fear, like the fear of not being pretty enough,… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Leaving the Races Behind

Feb 24, 2017 February 24, 2017

If you travel down to Ushuaia, Argentina, you might just find a bus plastered with a massive photograph of Sam Evans-Brown. In that photo, he’s sprinting, shoulder to shoulder, with Olympic cross-country ski-racer Martin Bianchi in the final stretch of the 2008 national ski championship of Argentina. Today, Sam brings… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: To Infinity

Dec 23, 2016 December 23, 2016

Chad Kellogg. September 22, 1971 to February 14, 2014. Seattle climbing community legend. Dear friend to many. And the toughest guy around. “For Chad, not eating and shivering on ledges, that was like skiing powder for him. It was just that fun,” remembers Jens Holsten. Today, we take… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: coMOMdo

Dec 6, 2016 December 6, 2016

“As a mom, you have no book that tells you the right way to take care of your kids through bad times,” says Bonnie Elozory, mother of four. For seven years, the Elozory family weathered a relentless streak of bad luck. With no instructions on how to pull her family… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Tales of Terror Vol. 7

Oct 28, 2016 October 28, 2016

This is our seventh annual Tales of Terror episode. Over the past seven years, we’ve read a lot of stories about scary things that happen out in the woods. We’ve discovered that there are all kinds of frightening things that can happen out there, but there are two ingredients that,… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: No Way Around It

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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