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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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Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Dirtbag Diaries: Over the Line

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

Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Dirtbag Diaries: Tales of Terror Vol. 8

Oct 31, 2017 October 31, 2017

For our eighth annual Tales of Terror episode, we have not three, but five stories that span the range of things to fear—from angry men with shotguns, to bears and mountain lions, to things that really don’t have any explanation in the world of science. First, we visit an abandoned… Read More

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The Dirtbag Diaries: Boundary Waters

Oct 2, 2017 October 2, 2017

Raising awareness. It seems like every day, someone embarks on a new project to ‘raise awareness’ about a particular issue, cause, disease, endangered species or threatened public land. But what separates the projects that cut through the noise and the ones that get drowned out in the static of issues… Read More

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The Dirtbag Diaries: Winnebago Warriors

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

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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

Illustration: Walker Cahall

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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