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The Dirtbag Diaries

The Dirtbag Diaries

The campfire tale—it’s ubiquitous in mountain culture. As long as we’ve climbed, skied, boated or traveled, we’ve been telling stories. In March of 2007, Fitz Cahall launched The Dirtbag Diaries, a grassroots podcast dedicated to the sometimes serious, often humorous stories from wild places. What began as a solitary experiment has evolved into a collaboration between writers, photographers, artists and listeners to produce the types of stories that rarely find homes in the glossy pages of magazines.

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

Aug 12, 2016 August 12, 2016

“Over two weeks I went from pretty ‘fine’—I have to say ‘fine’ with air quotes and an eye roll, because it’s that kind of fine—so, I went from ‘fine’ to ‘I’m out!’ I just needed a life restart,” says Katie Crafts. For her thirtieth birthday, Katie gave herself… Read More

Graphic by Walker Cahall

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Ultimate Weekend Warrior

Jun 24, 2016 June 24, 2016

Jim Herson and Anne Smith live in the Bay Area. They’re in their fifties. Jim has worked the same computer science job since he graduated college in 1982, and he and Anne have been together nearly that long. They have two kids, a 17-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Live From 5Point Vol. 9

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Live From 5Point Vol. 9

May 27, 2016 May 27, 2016

Before Semi-Rad.com, Brendan Leonard wrote a Short for The Dirtbag Diaries called “Sixty Meters to Anywhere.” He recently published a book with the same title, documenting his journey from handcuffs to hand-jams, from rural Iowa to the mountains of Colorado and from… Read More

Artwork: Walker Cahall

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Trespassers

Apr 21, 2016 April 21, 2016

Artwork: Walker Cahall “You have to imagine that you’re on the frozen Arctic Ocean. You’re six miles from shore, you can’t really tell where the ocean stops and the white shore begins. All you see is white–and this thing where they’re dumping crap into the ocean to make this island,”… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: A Slosh in the Bucket

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: A Slosh in the Bucket

Mar 21, 2016 March 21, 2016

Artwork: Walker Cahall Eric Johnson lives in Sturgis, South Dakota with his wife and three young daughters. He works as a high school English teacher. He’s responsible—well, most of the time. Half way into his thirties, Eric emptied his retirement account to buy a raft, despite the fact that he… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Roll the Dice

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Roll the Dice

Feb 5, 2016 February 5, 2016

“We started the trip without much of a purpose,” writes Fil Corbitt. “We wanted to be pushed around. Wanted to find something we didn’t know we were looking for. We wanted to take some small chance and see where we landed. And see which… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Everybody Loves LeeRoy

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Everybody Loves LeeRoy

Dec 14, 2015 December 14, 2015

God told Steve Wescott to walk from the Space Needle to Times Square, NYC, with a goat named LeeRoy, to raise $200,000 for an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Or at least that’s the elevator pitch. In truth, when Steve started out of Seattle in… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Tales of Terror Vol. 6

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Tales of Terror Vol. 6

Oct 30, 2015 October 30, 2015

Phantasmal footsteps, strange silhouettes, inexplicable movements and unaccountable sounds. In our sixth annual Tales of Terror, Bix Firer, Lorraine Campbell and Kealan Sojack share three stories of ‘What the *&@! was that’? A dream? Or an indication that, perhaps, we are not… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Beyond the Lines

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Beyond the Lines

Sep 4, 2015 September 4, 2015

Maps. We’ve all studied them. Stuffed them into backpacks or the seat back pocket of our car. Maybe we’ve even been led astray by a map. But have you ever thought about the person who made that map? Or how that person might influence… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: 700

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: 700

Jul 6, 2015 July 6, 2015

“I was looking for no less than a new way of living in this world for our entire society,” says Clay Shank. “Like, what’s the alternative to this capitalistic system that we have here?” Today, we bring you “700,” the… Read More

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