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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: Rebirth of Belief

Dirtbag Diaries: Rebirth of Belief

Sep 12, 2013 September 12, 2013

“We had the discussion around the campfire one night of trying to define ‘what is wilderness’,” John Stoneman remembers. “We determined that if you get hurt or you have a problem and there’s really no way out, you’re in the wilderness.” Despite the fact… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Home Front

Dirtbag Diaries: Home Front

Aug 9, 2013 August 9, 2013

There’s a story that you may have heard kicked around in the newspapers and nightly news for the last few months. It’s as unsettling as it is tragic. The rate of suicide among active military personnel, reservists, and veterans has increased to nearly 22… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Mikey Buys A House

Dirtbag Diaries: Mikey Buys A House

Jul 8, 2013 July 8, 2013

We’ve told stories about people quitting jobs, ditching mortgages and selling worldly possessions to go live life on their own terms. The road is ubiquitous with freedom, and sometimes we hear its call later in life. But what if you heard the call at… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Benighted

Dirtbag Diaries: Benighted

Apr 1, 2013 April 1, 2013

Great stories often have these five words, “and then it got dark.” But how can carefully executed alpine starts and planned summits turn into watching stars dot the sky? Well, getting benighted can happen for a few reasons. One: unforeseen circumstances. Two: complete denial of reality. Or three: getting… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Be Mine

Dirtbag Diaries: Be Mine

Feb 14, 2013 February 14, 2013

Love – it’s life’s great surprise. You can try to pin its origins in brain chemistry and hormones. On the right timing. But those don’t explain why tough guys make slow rock mixes or why a timid person suddenly introduces themselves to the person of their dreams. Why it… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: The Sufferthon

Dirtbag Diaries: The Sufferthon

Dec 21, 2012 December 21, 2012

by Fitz & Becca Cahall Alastair Humphreys has biked around the world, crossed glacial highlands and desert lands. But in 2011, he stayed in Britain, focusing on trips close to home. The idea of backyard adventure wasn't new, but he put it in terms everyone could understand. Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Making It

Dirtbag Diaries: Making It

Nov 16, 2012 November 16, 2012

We’ve all day dreamed about it – becoming a pro. What would it be like? Well, besides getting to do the thing you love everyday, you’d probably get free gear, meet incredible people, get your photo taken, maybe travel the world. You might even… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Crash and Burn

Dirtbag Diaries: Crash and Burn

Sep 13, 2012 September 13, 2012

Drive it until it dies. That’s the motto I lived by as my truck, Crash, crisscrossed the West. Family members would doubtfully ask, “Are you sure you want to drive there?” I did. Friends would ask about Crash’s well being as though he was my aging dog. Though I… Read More

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