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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: The World By Bike

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The World By Bike

May 5, 2014 May 5, 2014

Committed. It’s a word we use to describe people we know, our friends, even ourselves. Committed to a sport. A ski line. An ethic. A lifestyle. It can be relatively easy to commit to those daily or short-term goals. But carving out time to achieve a bigger dream, something… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Treewok

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Treewok

Apr 23, 2014 April 23, 2014

The average American spends a third of their income on housing. Almost as much as the next two greatest expenses — food and transportation — combined. So, theoretically, if you just stopped paying for housing, you could earn a living working three days a week. Or two thirds of… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: The Remotest

Dirtbag Diaries: The Remotest

Mar 6, 2014 March 6, 2014

We all know the feeling of remoteness. The stillness. The perspective. It’s part of what keeps drawing us outside. But what does it feel like to be standing, literally, in the most remote place in a state? In the country? And what might those places reveal about the fate of… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: If You Build It

Dirtbag Diaries: If You Build It

Jan 9, 2014 January 9, 2014

Powerful ideas often demand that we leave the comfort of a safety net. We quit a nine to five. We take out a second mortgage on our house. Along the way, we can expect to be called crazy one day and brilliant the next. In the late 1990s, Jeff… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Tales of Terror Vol. 4

Dirtbag Diaries: Tales of Terror Vol. 4

Oct 31, 2013 October 31, 2013

Is there something out there? It’s a question that lurks in the back of my mind. Probably in yours too. It’s one of the very reasons why I love the outdoors: the unpredictability. Over the years, I’ve collected experiences. Moments, like bits of data,… Read More

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

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