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The Dirtbag Diaries

Duct Tape Then Beer

This is adventure. Climbing. Skiing. Hiking. Biking. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and his team presents stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.
Start Saying Yes

30:03 | Aug 5th, 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 g...Show More
The Pugilist

35:15 | May 18th, 2010

At a quick consideration boxing and alpinism have little in common. Ponder if for a second and you might see the similarities. After years in the ring and even longer in the vertical life, Kelly Cordes certainly does. Today Kelly presents a story abo...Show More
The Shorts--Beyond Failure

13:04 | Aug 9th

Leah Breen had always been taught to embrace failure. You can't win every mountain bike race, or make it to the top of every pitch. Learn from it, and keep going. But when she felt her partner's climbing rope careen through her hands over a cliff, sh...Show More
Fit To Print

33:53 | Jul 26th

When Steve Casimiro moved across the country to write for Powder magazine in the 1980’s, he wasn’t sure his work was going to matter. But after 30 years living and breathing outdoor publication, and starting his own magazine, Steve reflects on the im...Show More
Endangered Spaces - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

52:05 | Jul 12th

Boulder, Utah. Population 250. Sitting in the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this small town of ranchers and settled-down dirtbags prides itself on staying out of the spotlight. It’s the right amount of quiet here. The ranchers...Show More
The Shorts-- Fistful of Hearts

15:25 | Jun 28th

“We biked through wind, rain, and snow. If lightning struck, we kept going. We only stopped if it got too close.  We outran tornadoes in Oklahoma. We waited out a storm in an old horse barn in Montana, huddled like penguins, our bikes cast carelessly...Show More
The Dreamer

42:36 | Jun 14th

“I’ve spent my entire life going on adventures, but I wasn’t ever really the creator of these adventures,” says Kathy Holcombe. “My role is as the dream maker. And, I have a lot of pride in that role.”Exist in a relationship long enough and we fall i...Show More
Flip Of A Coin

34:59 | May 24th

Last spring, Andy and Katherine Wyatt set up basecamp on the Powell Glacier in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains.After years of individual rad mountain accomplishments in climbing and skiing, they realized they’d never taken a large trip together. The trip ...Show More
The Shorts -- Restless for Roots

12:19 | May 10th

Carmen Kuntz has lived a dirtbag life for over a decade. She’s moved every year since graduating high school, and has explored some of the world’s most remote places in her kayak and hiking boots. But with all the moving around, Carmen began to wonde...Show More
The Land And Water Conservation Fund

40:43 | Apr 26th

After more than 50 years of bipartisan support, Congress failed to re-authorize the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the fall of 2018. LWCF grants have protected over 2.3M acres of natural areas and cultural heritage sites and provided recreati...Show More
Solo She Rides

43:05 | Apr 12th

In this week’s double-feature episode, Amie Begg and Jessica Kelley head out solo into the Himalayan and Alaskan wildernesses--on their bikes. Through the challenges they face--from negative 20 degree temperatures to near-collisions with moose--both ...Show More
The Shorts-- My Cathedral

10:38 | Mar 22nd

Mitch Breton grew up as as devout member of the Catholic Church. He ascended the religious ranks through his childhood, and assumed that one day he would become a priest. Then, he found whitewater paddling. A summer of raft guiding rerouted Mitch’s s...Show More
The Shorts-- The Van Fan

18:20 | Mar 8th

Jeanie Adamson, a 50-something Mom, decided to switch things up last year for spring break. When she told her son, Luke, she wanted to ski at every resort between Dallas and Lake Tahoe, he offered up Sherrod, his newly-renovated 1990 Dodge Ram van fo...Show More
Living For The Lost

50:50 | Feb 22nd

There is no clear way to cope with death and grief. Moving forward is often heartbreaking, baffling, and uncertain. So, how do we best honor those we’ve lost? When he was 12-years-old, Navy Seal and backcountry snowboarder Josh Jespersen tragically l...Show More
Walk To Connect

39:13 | Feb 8th

After a childhood of moving from one suburban neighborhood to the next, Jonathon Stalls felt starved for connection--to anything or anyone. In a quest to find community, he set out with nothing but his own two feet to carry him from Delaware to Calif...Show More
Novel Inspiration

24:39 | Jan 25th

After falling in love with John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Charlie Turnbull and Leon Morton set out to recreate the 1,615-mile journey described in the novel – but on bikes. In July. With camera gear and a few buddies in tow, they followed hist...Show More
The Year of Big Ideas 2019

20:52 | Jan 10th

“For better or for worse, ideas are infectious. They become our goals, and the struggle to realize them becomes memory, the story of our lives,” says Fitz Cahall.When Brian O’Dell decided it was time to stop driving his Honda Civic, he didn’t list in...Show More
Mountain Hollow Dreams

48:36 | Dec 28th, 2018

Chris Kalman, Austin Siadak and Miranda Oakley got to go on what should have been a climber’s dream trip--fully funded first ascents of granite big walls in the Coast Range of British Columbia, helicopter transport in and out, and good team dynamics....Show More
The Shorts-- Saving Santa

13:42 | Dec 14th, 2018

"To work in tourism is to witness the human comedy," says Joe Aultman-Moore. "Every guide has stories that start with, "You'll never believe this...'. Nowhere, it seems, do people go further from the familiar that on cruises to Alaska." Working as a ...Show More
Endangered Spaces--Cook Inlet

58:25 | Nov 30th, 2018

Drew Hamilton makes a living by taking people out into the remote Alaskan wilderness to hang out with brown bears. These days, he does it, in large part, as a unique way to protect this magnificent landscape from the proposed Pebble Mine. For the fif...Show More
Hit Pause

34:12 | Nov 16th, 2018

What if you could hit pause on life? This last summer, Fitz did, and biked the 670-mile-long Oregon Timber Trail. A groove and a rut look different when perched on the saddle day after day. 
Tales of Terror Vol. 9

23:28 | Oct 26th, 2018

Our ninth annual Tales of Terror brings you three stories that will send shivers down your spine. From ghost-like figures walking silently through the snow, to shadows lurking in a backcountry hut and canyon, these stories will keep you peering over ...Show More
Moto Gypsy

31:48 | Oct 12th, 2018

For the past five years, Janelle Kaz has traveled on her motorcycle fighting against the worldwide problem of wildlife trafficking. Travel along, as she follows jungle roads in Colombia into the incredible indigenous culture of the Kogi. 

41:20 | Sep 28th, 2018

“I have really good reason to believe that if I hadn’t have been walking down the strip and found that 72-foot tower to climb, that I would be dead or in prison. I have no doubts about that,” says Juan Rodriguez. Juan is an American citizen, an immig...Show More
Hootin' & Hollerin'

1:06:47 | Sep 14th, 2018

“I was certain I was paralyzed. My legs were totally limp, I was hanging upside down and the only thing stopping me from falling 160-feet headfirst into the talus below, was this rope that was wrapped around my foot,” remembers Craig Gorder. In Novem...Show More
Ethan and G-Pop

31:34 | Aug 24th, 2018

“I have a pretty young grandfather, but he was starting to get old and knew he had one or two more big expeditions in him,” says Ethan Roebuck. “He wanted to put together a big trip, because he’s getting older, but also because I’m getting older. Whe...Show More
The Glacier Project

27:33 | Aug 10th, 2018

“Any time I ski a steep line, I’ve done it hundreds of times, and still every time for me there is that moment of fear on top, where I am like, ‘Do I really want to do this?’,” says Jason Hummel. “But, also, anytime you do anything scary, it really t...Show More
The Shorts--A Story of My Own

16:39 | Jul 27th, 2018

For most of his adult life, Cam Fenton has fought against climate change--and particularly to protect the Arctic. “The funny thing was, for most of that time, I couldn’t tell you why,” says Cam. He traveled to the Arctic hoping for revelations about ...Show More
The Elephant in the Boat - Part II

34:50 | Jul 13th, 2018

Expedition kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic have what is perhaps the longest running, most successful partnerships in outdoor adventure, but, in April 2017, on an expedition to the Colombian Amazon, the team dynamics grew so strained that...Show More
The Shorts-- Better Than Good Enough

13:46 | Jun 22nd, 2018

After a breakup and a drinking habit sent John Gray in a downward spiral, he decided that he needed something radical to shake him out of his "life avoidance stupor." So, he signed up for a semester-long Outward Bound course that would take hime from...Show More
The Elephant in the Boat - Part I

1:00:36 | Jun 8th, 2018

Expedition kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic have what is perhaps the longest running, most successful partnerships in outdoor adventure, but, in April 2017, on an expedition to the Colombian Amazon, the team dynamics grew so strained that...Show More
Introducing Safety Third: Channel Risk Into Reward

36:22 | Jun 5th, 2018

Today, we bring you the first episode of Duct Tape Then Beer's new show, "Safety Third." Big wall climber and former wingsuit flyer Chris McNamara believes risky outdoor pursuits are essential. But, what happens when something vital has the potential...Show More
The Shorts--Spirit B

15:57 | May 25th, 2018

“In the early stages of my pregnancy, I was intrigued and ready for the changes that would take place,” says Chelsey Magness. “As an athlete, I expected body image and performance challenges. I expected exhaustion. I expected attachment issues to my ...Show More
Mission Sorta Possible

03:54 | May 23rd, 2018

More fun than a powder day. Riskier than leaping from a mountain. Paddy O'Connell and Elizabeth 'Rage Kitty' Nakano take you on a wild traverse of the ideas that define the outdoor community and the stories behind them. No topic is taboo. Welcome ...Show More

24:30 | May 11th, 2018

There are a lot of serious problems in this world, but the solutions don’t always have to be serious. Fly-fisherman and runner Andrew Todd channeled his concern for Colorado’s native trout and the watersheds that support them into the creation of a j...Show More
The Shorts--The Amazement Meter

17:24 | Apr 27th, 2018

Chronic depression and the deaths of a few friends launched Tyler Dunning on a mission to visit all of the National Parks. He constructed an identity around the project, started writing a book and making a short film about his journey. But part way t...Show More
Venture Out

26:52 | Apr 14th, 2018

“I was working this corporate job, and, every day, I looked out the window and thought, ‘Man, those mountains are so beautiful, I wish I was out there’,” remembers Perry Cohen. Growing up, Perry was an outdoorsy kid--hiking and cross-country skiing i...Show More
The Shorts--Unlearning Adventure Sports

16:55 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Carmen Kuntz had just started to break into the world of competitive, freestyle whitewater kayaking when she sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. For the past four years, she has had to confront a new kind of challenge: learning to balance the ri...Show More
Escape From Beacon Rock

31:31 | Mar 10th, 2018

“For me, it was a way to stay connected—literally: tied to my free-range daughter by a length of 10-millimeter climbing rope, and connected to my own dream of being an adventurer,” says David Altschul. “And that was how I found myself on a ledge, hig...Show More
The Shorts--Aloha Life

15:34 | Feb 23rd, 2018

“Here I was, a professional wilderness instructor with no food or water, a sopping wet tent and wetter sleeping bag, no way to banish the chills or signal that I needed help,” says Emma Walker. “For the first time in my career, I began to think I mig...Show More
The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering

36:52 | Feb 9th, 2018

"The notion that there's one dream that we're all after and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy," says Forest McBrian. "Everyone's dream is a little bit different. In May of 2017, Forest and ...Show More
Endangered Spaces--Prince of Wales

48:22 | Jan 26th, 2018

"It's like being caught in a spiderweb. You'll find yourself pushing with every part of your body, and no part of your body will be able to move. You're totally trapped by--held by plants," says Elsa Sebastian. She bushwhacked through the overgrown c...Show More
The Year of Big Ideas 2018

23:35 | Jan 12th, 2018

"I think the jack of all trades gets a bum rap. The jack is the master of none, but I think the jack probably has a lot of fun," says Fitz Cahall. We open our annual Year of Big Ideas with an ode to “mediocrity” from Fitz, then turn, as always, to ou...Show More
Growing Down

15:13 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Some people grow upward and outward; some people root down. For Fitz Cahall, what growth means has changed over time. 
The Shorts--Zarsian Adventures

17:30 | Dec 8th, 2017

Cordelia Zars shares stories of her family's unconventional adventures--like dragged a 90-lb keyboard 10-miles through the snow on a 9-degree Colorado evening--and she reflects on how those excursions shaped her and her siblings. 
The Shorts--T-Day

09:55 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Katie Wallace learns to see family holidays as a privilege rather than an obligation. 
Over the Line

30:56 | Nov 8th, 2017

"It's like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning," says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of the Race to Alaska. What's crazier than trying to race from WA to AK on a boat without a motor? Karl Kruger's decision to enter the race on a SUP.
Tales of Terror Vol. 8

40:42 | Oct 27th, 2017

For our eighth annual Tales of Terror episode, we have 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. 
The Shorts--Yard Sale

10:42 | Oct 12th, 2017

When Tyler Neese and four friends loaded up the truck for a spring break ski vacation in Colorado, the stoke was high. Until, just minutes from the slopes black ice and a distracted driver flipped their trip upside down. Sometimes, it's not about wha...Show More
Endangered Spaces--Boundary Waters

38:48 | Sep 22nd, 2017

For our third Endangered Spaces episode, we travel to Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to follow Dave and Amy Freeman on "Paddle to D.C." and "A Year in the Wilderness," two adventures that had a real impact in advocating fo...Show More
The Shorts--Thirst

13:40 | Sep 8th, 2017

"If you're thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated. That's what they say. Those perfect people who always have a clean, happily-colored, reusable adult sippy bottle on hand," says Anya Miller. "Most often, I only realize that I'm thirty when some...Show More
Winnebago Warriors

36:39 | Aug 25th, 2017

"When we were living in a house, we were always compromising 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 from the road. "I wa...Show More
The Shorts--Double Vision

16:57 | Aug 11th, 2017

"I looked like some mountain man's girlfriend, and sometimes, that's all I felt like," remembers Andrea Ross. But after an accident on Mt. Humphreys forced Andrea to draw on her EMT training, she reached a turning point in her relationship and the wa...Show More

35:35 | Jul 28th, 2017

Roland Thompson used to rob banks. Now he climbs and snowboards. 
Endangered Spaces--Katahdin Woods and Waters

37:22 | Jul 7th, 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 going to be, when I started. Not a clue." The thing Lucas did: work to establish Katahdin Woods and Waters National Mon...Show More
The Shorts--Exit Strategy

17:18 | Jun 23rd, 2017

"Three days from the end of the trip, I started to panic," writes Emma Walker. "I still didn't know what to do with my summer, let alone the rest of my life. Inspiration, as I'd imagined it, hadn't struck. Now, I had to face the realization that I di...Show More
Pedal Strokes and Perspective

25:17 | Jun 9th, 2017

"As a brown woman, I stand out," says Mary Ann Thomas. "People came up to me just because they were curious, just because they were like, 'There aren't a  lot of strangers here, we're just interested in who you are as a person-- as a whole person.'"M...Show More

31:34 | May 26th, 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 ...Show More
The Shorts--Let Joy Rule Your Life

13:48 | May 12th, 2017

"I used to go climbing in the same way people would go to a well, a source of life equally routine and sacred. It would fill me up--leave me refreshed and full after a hard day in the mountains," writes Keith Erps. "After Ryan's death, climbing appea...Show More
The Bet

23:11 | Apr 28th, 2017

Matt Muchna and Peter Journel are best friends, and complete opposites. Matt is spontaneous. Peter is a planner. Matt is an idealist, Peter in a realist. And a few years ago, they made a bet: Peter bet that Matt couldn't climb one of the highest cont...Show More
The Shorts--Catching Hope

14:32 | Apr 14th, 2017

"Every day on the mountain and every night at the bar, drinking and partying was as much a part of my life as skiing," remembers Paddy O'Connell. "That is until, of course, they became the only part." We've heard the stories of addicts who found salv...Show More
Endangered Spaces--Bears Ears

28:40 | Mar 25th, 2017

Josh Ewing's metamorphosis from climber to climber-activist and the battle to protect Bears Ears.
The Fear is Real

29:14 | Mar 10th, 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 ...Show More
Leaving the Races Behind

24:00 | Feb 24th, 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 ...Show More
The Shorts--The Chute

11:53 | Feb 10th, 2017

"'Oh, shoot', my dad muttered for the tenth or fifteenth time in the last five minutes. Then, he burst into exhausted chuckles," remembers Deron Daugherty. "I looked up the chute that we were trying to march out of: thirty degrees of slop, several hu...Show More
The Year of Big Ideas 2017

20:47 | Jan 27th, 2017

No matter who they voted for, right now, a lot of people in this country would agree that things could be better. In the long term, if want thing to go well or if we want to move forward or to grow, then two, almost evenly divided, sides of the count...Show More
The Shorts--Vanlife

11:53 | Jan 13th, 2017

"I have now officially sold out," writes Chris Kalman. "I work more than I climb. I pay rent and sleep in a house I'm getting rich off of writing--so rich, in fact, that I do my grocery shopping inside the store now." Today, we bring you the story of...Show More
To Infinity

39:58 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Chad Kellogg. September 22nd, 1971 to February 14th, 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,"...Show More
The Shorts--The Skin Track

12:50 | Dec 9th, 2016

With a professional ski guide for a dad and a skin instructor for a mom, Nina Hance learned early how to set a steep skin track and charge hard. At 20, she started to work toward her ski guide certification and got a job as an apprentice guide for a ...Show More

26:15 | Nov 26th, 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 ...Show More
What's Next?

10:05 | Nov 11th, 2016

"This is the part that I never anticipated: the boots have taken on a life of their own. They've just worked magic with people," says M'Lynn. "I'd like to see Paul's boots continue to be an inspiration, continue to get people off the couch and out in...Show More
Tales of Terror Vol. 7

25:41 | Oct 28th, 2016

This is our seventh annual Tales of Terror episode. Over the past seven years, we've read a lot of scary stories about things that happen out in the woods. We've discovered that there are all kinds of frightening things that can happen out there, but...Show More
Mileposts--Greater than the Sum of its Parts

30:07 | Oct 14th, 2016

In the fall of 2015, photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko embarked upon a journey to rally support to protect one of our most awe-inspiring national treasures: the Grand Canyon. Their method? A 700+ mile sectional thru-hike of the wilde...Show More
The Shorts--The Dirtbag Ministry Co-Op

14:14 | Sep 30th, 2016

"The days and months on the road had unspooled before us and we'd simply followed the thread. But the bobbin was empty now," writes Dave McAllister. "Fine Jade would be the last cumulative "now" we shared, the final adventure we'd have as a group. At...Show More
Paul's Boots--An Update from the Trail

15:20 | Sep 16th, 2016

Last winter, we received an email from M'Lynn. Her late husband, Paul, had a dream to hike the Appalachian Trail. He never made it to the AT--but, M'Lynn thought, maybe his boots could? Maybe they could serve as a reminder for all of us to live our d...Show More
Mothers Have It Hardest - Kyle Dempster Tribute

20:46 | Sep 9th, 2016

"Maybe you and I would have the same recommendation--from my standpoint to the climbers out there, and from your standpoint to the mother's of those climbers out there," Kyle Dempster said to his mother. "Talk about the worst case scenario. Don't pre...Show More
No Way Around It

38:10 | Sep 2nd, 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 ...Show More
Mileposts--Calling Home

22:27 | Aug 19th, 2016

"I think all of us -- dad, me, my brother -- recognized a window of opportunity in which our flexibility as freelancers overlapped with dad's entrance into the golden years of being both retired and fit," says David Hanson. "Plus, it felt like dad an...Show More
Start Saying Yes

0:00 | Aug 5th, 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 ...Show More
Mileposts--The Grit to Make it Happen

25:48 | Jul 22nd, 2016

"If you go on some really big, really ambitious trip or you have some enormous goal, if you look at the big picture all the time, it's too intimidating, it's too big, it seems too insurmountable," says Jim Harris. "If you break it down into the next ...Show More
The Suffer Vest

16:00 | Jul 8th, 2016

"I'm not what you'd call a 'runner.' I prefer it to getting fat, but not by a lot," writes Brendan Leonard. "The most I'd run in the past fews years was probably close to 12 kn. I ran a marathon once, and although it felt pretty recent, it was nine y...Show More
The Ultimate Weekend Warrior

29:15 | Jun 24th, 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...Show More
Little Explorers Club

21:24 | Jun 10th, 2016

"Tommy grew up in Estes, but you notice that so many families and so many kids just don't go into the the National Park," says Becca Caldwell. While Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short drive from Estes Park, CO., Becca found parents gravitat...Show More
Live From 5Point Vol. 9

40:45 | May 26th, 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 Col...Show More
Green Light

23:37 | May 13th, 2016

Looking west from Seattle, the skyline of Olympic National Park is defined by the notched peak of The Brothers. "I see it stuck in traffic. I see it from meeting rooms in downtown Seattle. I see it on my evening runs that I use to stay in shape for m...Show More
The Shorts--I Poo, A Love Story

10:46 | Apr 29th, 2016

"My new husband, Bix, consulted the map and asked if I thought we'd make it to Bowknot Bend that day. Lots of honeymooners probably have similar conversations, except for one small detail," writes Emma Walker. "Unlike those couples who coyly take the...Show More

34:21 | Apr 15th, 2016

"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 t...Show More
Mileposts--The Miracle of Darkness

21:40 | Apr 1st, 2016

"The sky above you goes on forever, and the landscape appears as endless as the sky. The world is expansive and you are tiny. All of your problems shrink down to the head of a pin," writes Melina Coogan. "This is why places like this matter--places l...Show More
A Slosh in the Bucket

27:35 | Mar 18th, 2016

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, de...Show More
The Shorts--Tower Climbing, Baby!

16:28 | Mar 4th, 2016

"I unclipped the hot belay device from my harness. I looked over at Conor, smiled and announced, 'This is the best part of my day so far'!" writes Jen Altschul. "For a moment, a smile of pure joy spread across his face--which, just as quickly, flippe...Show More
Mileposts--Celebrate with a Milkshake

11:57 | Feb 19th, 2016

"Sometimes, when I'm hiking somewhere near Moab and chatting with other people, I think about saying something like, 'You know what's great about this hike? In about 75-minutes, you can be at Milt's Stop & Eat'," says Brendan Leonard. "Milt's is a 19...Show More
Roll The Dice

33:24 | Feb 5th, 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 side was faci...Show More
Paul's Boots

10:01 | Jan 22nd, 2016

We got a call from Australia. M'Lynn's husband, Paul, passed away this past July. He left behind three pairs of polished hiking boots and a backpack packed for his dream hike: the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. M'Lynn reached out to us. She had an ide...Show More
The Shorts--If The Shoe Fits

15:07 | Jan 8th, 2016

"I followed my friend through the small, dark weight room in a crusty garage-like building left over from the station's army days and up a narrow, twisted staircase," Hilary Oliver remembers. "Behind the door at the top of those stairs hid a magical ...Show More
Everybody Loves LeeRoy

23:37 | Dec 10th, 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 2011, it ...Show More
The Shorts--Powder and Hookah Smoke

16:13 | Nov 20th, 2015

"In the end, Iran's spirit took me completely and pleasantly by surprise," writes Greg Buzulencia. "The benevolence I received inspired me to approach every situation with a more open mind. Doing so opened up the world in a way I hadn't expected." Gr...Show More
Tales of Terror Vol. 6

26:45 | Oct 30th, 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...Show More
The Shorts--Commit Fully

12:03 | Oct 16th, 2015

"Our four seater plane touched down on a small gravel bar in the heart of the Brooks Range. We unloaded. The engine roared back to life, and the plane disappeared down valley into the blue-gray mountains. Then, the mosquitos came," writes Fitz Cahall...Show More
The Shorts--Squalls

13:53 | Sep 24th, 2015

"This was one of those rare moments in life where you must act or die and everything was therefore very simple--although the outcome remained unclear," writes Kim Campbell. "If I lived, I knew that I could manage what followed. It was like a dare and...Show More
Beyond the Lines

20:10 | Sep 4th, 2015

Maps. We've all studied them. Stuffed them into backpacks or the seatback 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 your initial impr...Show More
The Shorts--The Hourglass

12:08 | Jul 23rd, 2015

"By midweek, I can't focus on my duties at work, and spend most of my time on Summitpost and Mountain Project," writes Niki Yoblonski. "There are so many things in the world I want to see--so many mountains to climb, things to discover. I have to get...Show More

23:23 | Jul 2nd, 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 story of Clay Shank's ambitious ...Show More
The Shorts--Painkillers and Perspective

12:06 | Jun 11th, 2015

"All of my friends kayaked. All of the trips we went on were kayaking trips. When not kayaking, we talked about kayaking," writes Sarah Paul. In the four years since she left home, Sarah had constructed her whole identity around whitewater kayaking. ...Show More
Live from 5Point Vol. 8

35:56 | May 28th, 2015

In our fifth annual "Live from 5Point" Film Festival, we interviewed Frank Sanders and Tommy Caldwell. Frank spent his youth climbing on the East Coast. His path took a turn in 1972, when he hitchhiked west and saw Devil's Tower for the first time. N...Show More
The Shorts--Sleeping Bag Metamorphosis

10:00 | May 14th, 2015

"After a summer of bussing tables and lifeguarding, I had saved up enough and I was finally going to get it. My ticket to anywhere I wanted to be," writes Anya Miller. "I was a little worried about the money, but I was in complete realization that an...Show More
The Modern Dirtbag

36:08 | May 1st, 2015

In the golden days, dirtbags lived to climb. They didn't work, have permanent addresses or sponsors. They ate leftovers off of tourists' plates and slept in beater cars or caves. They stayed in one place only as long as teh weather allowed for climbi...Show More
The Shorts--Two Wheels to Anywhere

12:30 | Apr 10th, 2015

"We opened my aunt's basement door and walked into the dusty room. Among cardboard boxes and carpentry tools stood a bright red bicycle. The frame had a few patches of rust. The components looked clunky and the gears grated roughly when I spun the pe...Show More
The Shorts--Blind Date with the Desert

13:32 | Mar 27th, 2015

"My first few days in Moab's red rock desert were like a blind date where everything went wrong," writes Hilary Oliver. "For one, it was August. My metal aviator sunglasses got so hot in the sun that I couldn't smile or they'd burn my cheeks."Four ye...Show More
The Threshold Moment

29:35 | Mar 13th, 2015

When Kevin Fedarko stepped through the door of the O.A.R.S. boathouse in Flagstaff, AZ, he didn't realize he had crossed a figurative threshold as well as a literal one. Kevin had planned on rafting the Grand Canyon for a wilderness medicine course. ...Show More
The Shorts--The Swallow and the Anchor

20:10 | Feb 27th, 2015

"My future captain interviewed me with three questions," remembers Joe Aultman-Moore. "Had I ever sailed before? No. Did I get seasick? I don't know. And, could I leave tomorrow? Yes." As Joe learned to sail while hitchhiking a sailboat across the At...Show More
El Avalanchisto

28:13 | Feb 13th, 2015

When Matt McKee first heard about the position forecasting avalanches for Minera Pimenton, a gold mine in the Chilean Andes, it sounded like the snow geek's dream job. But, mere hours after his plane touched down in Santiago, Matt started getting hin...Show More
The Shorts--365 Days

11:47 | Jan 29th, 2015

"In the day to day tangle of life, it's easy to let go of the things that provide focus, and calm and perspective," writes Fitz Cahall. "I find that serenity so easily in wilderness. How do we carry that home?" While on a trip to Minnesota's Boundary...Show More
Adventure 1000

19:05 | Jan 15th, 2015

It's January. Time for our annual "Year of Big Ideas." This year, we talked to Alastair Humphreys, a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Among other things, Alastair has walked across India and 1000 miles through the largest sand desert ...Show More
Flying Deep

26:51 | Jan 6th, 2015

There comes a stage in a great athlete's career when the pursuit of the technical difficulty take a backseat. It gives way to simplicity, an aesthetic, and possibly to an iconic style that leaves an impression on a sport. Will Gadd is one of the most...Show More
The Journey Within

14:32 | Dec 12th, 2014

"I'm thirty-year-old, and a complete and utter failure," writes Chris Kalman. "My mom is a PhD astrophysicist, my dad, a PhD mathematician, and my sister has a Master's in epidemiology. They all have jobs, children, houses. I, on the other hand, am a...Show More
Music from The Journey Within

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2014

Play by The Henchman of School Shooting Do It Again by Nada Surf Now I Wait by Goathanger Done with Dallas by Bradley Carter   Most music provided by Mevio's Music Alley. Bradley Carter is a friend of the Diaries.
More Than Just a Camping Trip

11:19 | Nov 26th, 2014

"Death-by-lightning-strike statistics kept swirling through my head, causing me to push my 13-year-old daughter to the very limits of her physical ability. We were on her Trip," writes Otto Gallaher. Today, we bring you the story of a rite-of-passage...Show More
Music from More than Just a Camping Trip

0:00 | Nov 26th, 2014

Let the Right One In by Night's Bright Colors Original Score by Amy Stolzenbach Underdog by Bradley Carter   Music by Night's Bright Colors provided by Mevio's Music Alley. Amy Stolzenbach and Bradley Carter are friends of the Diaries.
What You're Handed

27:10 | Nov 14th, 2014

Regardless of how you choose to play outside, if someone gets hurt in the mountains, the first step on the checklist remains the same: "scene safety"--you make sure the thing that hurt your buddy isn't going to hurt you too. But there's no checklist ...Show More
Music from What You're Handed

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2014

Live at Bazillus by Aidan Baker Hotel Denalian by Bravo, Max! Whatever Comes My Way by Vienna Ditto Too Young by Runaway Dorothy Last Chance for Love by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club A Finer Line by Jason Tyler Burton   Music provided by Mevio's...Show More
Tales of Terror Vol. 5

24:39 | Oct 31st, 2014

Ghost stories. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, ghost stories have a way of seeping into your mind. And, if they're really good, suddenly, that soft rapping on the window or the flickering lights become more ominous--like we've primed out minds ...Show More
Music from Tales of Terror Vol. 5

0:00 | Oct 31st, 2014

Spider Vanish by Night's Bright Colors Darkness Falls by Sam Haynes Strung Out by Dead Poets Society Gradations by A Single Voice The Forest by Sam Haynes Through the Eyes of Man by emFRIK Healing for the Hopeless by emFRIK   Music courtesy o...Show More
The Shorts--Hooch

18:54 | Oct 10th, 2014

"It's never encouraging to be awoken in a tent by headlights. I wanted to play possum--roll over, and pretend to sleep until they left," writes David Hanson. "But this was exactly why I was here, a few hundred miles into a 500-mile canoe float down G...Show More
Music from Hooch

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2014

Requiem for Radio by The Cassettes Flat Black by Drop Top Lincoln Plantation by Jason Shaw Baby, Please Don't Go by Big Bill Broonzy Road to Godavari by Denise Casey   Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley, Free Music Archive and Diaries' Liste...Show More
Photos from Hooch

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2014

You can find more of David's photos of the Chattahoochee here.
The Shorts--5 Steps to Bailing

14:03 | Sep 26th, 2014

"The reality of climbing is, if you climb long enough, you're bound to bail," writes Dean Fleming. "I've left rappel biners on sport bolted 5.8s. I've bailed from trees, chockstones, fixed cams, and Manzanita bushes. Sure, sometimes my pride gets a l...Show More
Music from 5 Steps to Bailing

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2014

Veiled Beauty, Dark Magic by Secret Archives of the Vatican We All Fall Down by Lorenzo's Music Like Eating Glass by Bloc Party   Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley and Free Music Archive.
Force Tour Details

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2014

Four years ago, Mikey Schaefer started showing me short video clips he took with his point-and-shoot during his time in El Chalten and Patagonia. Spindrift avalanches. Open bivvies. Terrifying winds. It was gritty and honest.  Chaotic and real enough...Show More
The Shorts--Go For It!

14:16 | Sep 11th, 2014

"Encouragement. Peer Pressure. Bullying. Call it what you like," writes Tom Ireson, "but the climbing community is full of it."We rely on our friends, mentors and coaches to push us past our own self-doubt--help us realize what we're capable of. And ...Show More
Music from Go For It!

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2014

Mince Meat by Dangerdoom The Hag's Spree by Wood Spider 000 by Frinko   Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley and Free Music Archive.
Mothers Have it Hardest

29:41 | Jul 25th, 2014

"I remember really quickly going from, 'Wow, I'm home, this feels great', to 'Holy s***, what did I do to my mom'?" says alpinist Kyle Dempster. "And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers."Today, we bring you two stories...Show More
Music from Mothers Have it Hardest

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2014

The Walk by Nony Zero Fly by Jason Tyler Burton Walk a Mile in My Spurs by Stillborn Identity Shadowlark by The King in Yellow Last Chance for Love by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Around the Bend by woodrowgerber Yucca by Dokapi Pay My Dues by ...Show More
The Shorts--The Drowning Machine

15:35 | Jul 11th, 2014

"I was disoriented beneath the cold water. I kicked toward the surface, but the force of the water held me down. I twisted and hung underwater for a moment. A thought passed through my head--this is what it feels like to drown," writes Dan Gingold. D...Show More
Music from The Drowning Machine

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2014

Imagine Magenta by Dan-O In This Minute by A Single Voice Wild Wind by John Berry from Big North Many thanks to John for letting us use his music. He found us and we are grateful! Trouble With River Cities by Pela from Anytown Graffiti  Some of ...Show More

20:24 | Jun 26th, 2014

"It's like you're scared to move forward-- you just need something to give you a little nudge," says Jonah Manning. "You can call it support, but, really it's just like a little bit of a shove forward. And I'll never forget it, because Widge was cert...Show More
Music from Widge

0:00 | Jun 26th, 2014

Done with Dallas by Bradley Carter Iron Horse by Angie and the Car Wrecks I Caught Ya Hidin' by Paperboy Hot Mess by Black Pistol Fire Blizzard of My Love by Paperboy Matter of Time by Runaway Dorothy Chasing Trains by Publish the Quest   Mos...Show More
The Shorts--My Bluebird of Happiness

14:39 | Jun 12th, 2014

"Standing up in my pedals, I dug so deep to make it to the top of the hill I wasn't positive that my butt could bear sitting back down on my bike seat when I got to the top," Hilary Oliver remembers. "I'd hardly said a word to another human being all...Show More
Music from My Bluebird of Happiness

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2014

Past the Sun by The Cassettes Workin’ Hard Woman by Kelly Richey  Title of Photograph: Filled with Dread in Los Angeles by Chuck Hoffman  15 Minutes by Hemmit Innuendo by Chiwawa   0 0 1 59 337 Duct Tape then Beer 2 ...Show More
Live from 5Point Vol. 7

30:02 | May 28th, 2014

A month ago, we headed south for our annual pilgrimage to the 5 Point Film Festival and our live Dirtbag Diaries. Today, we share stories from two women, from two different generations who share a love for rivers. In 2013, Amber Valenti had the oppor...Show More
Films & Music from Live from 5Point Vol. 7

0:00 | May 28th, 2014

Nobody's River will be at mountain and adventure film festivals for the rest of the year. It will release online late 2014  You can see and hear more of Katie Lee in DamNation with screenings scheduled around the country, or schedule one near you. A...Show More
The World By Bike

18:27 | May 1st, 2014

Committed. It’s a word we use to describe people we know, our friends, even ourselves. Committed to a sport. A ski line. A lifestyle. It can be easy to commit to those daily or short term goals. But carving out time to achieve a bigger dream, somethi...Show More
Music from The World by Bike

0:00 | May 1st, 2014

Fire Diary by Ken Christianson Tango de la Muerte by Matadors Ruben's Train by Bradley Carter I Believe People Can Change by Publish the Quest   Some music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley.
The Treewok

21:25 | Apr 18th, 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...Show More
Music from The Treewok

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2014

Some Kind of Hate by Angie and the Car Wrecks Chain by Harmonica Lewinsky Hotel Denalian by Bravo, Max! Young Blood by Black Pistol Fire Primary Colors by Ken Christianson   Most music provided by Mevio's Music Alley
The Shorts--Denial on Denali

18:57 | Apr 4th, 2014

Brody Leven applied for a climbing permit for Denali from a rented Subaru parked outside a closed cafe. In a blizzard. In Iceland. Weeks later, he would fly to Alaska to meet up with his team of overly accomplished athletes with the goal of climbing ...Show More
Music from Denial on Denali

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2014

Cowgirls by Ken Christianson Dark Matters by David Emeny Inferno by Darren Lock Like Eating Glass by Block Party     Most songs provided courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley.
The Shorts-- Dreams Coming True

12:40 | Mar 13th, 2014

There are two kinds of dreams. An honest dream. “The kind of dream,” writes Luke Mehall “that keeps you up at night, and wakes you up in the morning with a knot in your stomach that can only be untied with blood sweat and tears.” For Luke, climbing E...Show More
Music From Dreams From Coming True

0:00 | Mar 13th, 2014

My Misery by Wolf Boy Slim & His Dirty Feet Crampbone by The Cassettes Slow Burn by Black Fire Pistol Whenever You're Ready by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club   Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
The Remotest

19:42 | Feb 27th, 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 ...Show More
Music from The Remotest

0:00 | Feb 27th, 2014

Pay My Dues by Battery Life Surfin' Tucson by Angie and the Car Wrecks  Right Wing Failure by Deadlinks Dyin' by Kelly Richey Primary Colors by Ken Christianson   Some music provided by Mevio's Music Alley.
The Shorts--Zen and the Art of Skiing Powder

15:40 | Feb 13th, 2014

“With steely determination, I pointed my tips downhill and tried to power through the deep snow, but I was doomed,” remembers Julia Rosen. “I started to do the super slow splits as my skis drifted further and further apart under two piles of snow tha...Show More
Music from Zen and the Art of Skiing Powder

0:00 | Feb 13th, 2014

Påte Filo by Malajube Mountain Soul Fire by woodrowgerber Risin' Sun by Kelly Richey Never Lost by The Cassettes No Darkness by The Woodsmen   Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
Starting Small

26:28 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Plastic bags. They clog drawers, landfills, coastlines and trailheads. Recycling them is confusing and inefficient. But what if there was a way to turn the trash into something of value? Enter Industrial Designer Will Wells. Today, we bring you our a...Show More
Music from Year of Big Ideas 2014

0:00 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Moonshine by Angie and the Car Wrecks Shoot You Down by 202s Please Don't Ask Me to Explain It by The Walthall Tango This Modern Love by Bloc Party 41 South by John Berry In a Cave by Tokyo Police Club Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
If You Build It

39:55 | Jan 3rd, 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 a crazy one day and brilliant the next. In the late 1990's, Jeff Pens...Show More
Music from If You Build It

0:00 | Jan 3rd, 2014

The Watchmaker by David Beard What Would Wolves Do? by Les Savy Fav Gone Home by Battery Life Letters Home by emFRIK Nathaniel by O'Death Angels Make Contact by Matt Mays This Modern Love by Bloc Party
The Shorts--Fighting With Our Feet

18:22 | Dec 13th, 2013

Significant life tumult propelled Nick Triolo to leave his home and move to Todos Santos, Baja earlier this year. As an ultra-runner, he instinctively explored the area on foot. As he settled into the town and its community, he became aware of a grow...Show More
Music from Fighting With Our Feet

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2013

New Mexico by The Ukulele Hipster Kings Baja Taxi by Brain Buckit Walk the Whole Earth by Publish the Quest Jacob Bain and Publish the Quest have been longtime friends of ours at the Diaries. Jacob travels and music were highlighted in A Brief Momen...Show More
Tales of Terror Vol. 4

25:45 | Oct 31st, 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 dat...Show More
Music from Tales of Terror Volume 4

0:00 | Oct 31st, 2013

Restless Spirits (Underscore and Beat A) by David Beard The Forest by Sam Haynes Gradations by A Single Voice Bombs and Bruises by Black Pistol Fire Boogie Man Jam by Earl Clifton Radio Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
The Shorts--By Slim Chance

12:16 | Oct 11th, 2013

"It's the unpredictable elements that throw our lives off course, for better or for worse," writes Niki Yoblonski. We leave a trailhead with some idea of what we're seeking, but on true adventures, what we walk away with is never what we expected. Wh...Show More
Music from By Slim Chance

0:00 | Oct 11th, 2013

Snow Cow Exodus by The Walthall Tango Shadows by woodrowgerber City of Lakes by Matt Mays Songs courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
The Shorts--Cave Sweet Cave

10:19 | Sep 26th, 2013

Walking into someone's apartment, house, van, tent or trailer for the first time can feel sort of like flipping open the first page of their journal. The places we choose to call home and the way we assemble them say a lot about who we are and where ...Show More
Music from Cave Sweet Cave

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2013

Rip My Heart Out by The Pistol Whipper Snappers Plans by Bloc Party Animal by The British IBM Songs courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
Rebirth of Belief

24:13 | Sep 6th, 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 f...Show More
Music from Rebirth of Belief

0:00 | Sep 6th, 2013

O Lee O by O'Death Secret Dancing Magpies by The King in Yellow In the Beginning by woodrowgerber Melody Day (Four Tet Remix) by Caribou Back Home Weather by Matt Mays Original Score by Amy Stolzenbach Some music provided by Mevio's Music Alley.
Home Front

34:10 | Jul 31st, 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 nearl...Show More
Music from Home Front

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2013

LeadMaster by DJ Skyblast Fall in Line by Aluminum Forest Ghost Dance by Ken Christianson Irene by Caribou Sonny by Moondog Matinee MK Ultra by The Black Angels My My by Menomena Some music provided by Mevio's Music Alley.
The Shorts--The Making Of A Patriot

10:05 | Jul 17th, 2013

"Three months ago, I'm not sure I would have considered myself a patriot," writes Hilary Oliver.  "Mentally, I separated my nation―government, states, and people―from my country: the mountains, deserts, plains and oceans that took my breath away.  Ma...Show More
Music from The Making of A Patriot

0:00 | Jul 17th, 2013

Twilight Hymn by Night's Bright Colors Mountain, Soul, Fire by woodrowgerber Please Don't Ask Me to Explain It by by The Walthall Tango Staring At The Sun by TV On The Radio Songs courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley
Mikey Buys a House

26:09 | Jul 3rd, 2013

We've told stories about people quitting jobs, ditching mortgages and selling worldly possessions to go live life on their own terms. But what if you had lived your entire adult life on the road? If you'd never signed a lease or even paid rent. Passi...Show More
Music from Mikey Buys a House

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2013

We Are Nowhere and It's Now by Bright Eyes She's the One by Caribou The Waydown by Modest Mouse Small Answering Machine mix by Cassettes Won't Listen Songs courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley.
The Shorts--Bootstrapping

12:22 | Jun 14th, 2013

Our baptism in wild places is different for each of us.  For some, it's ingrained so early in life that it hardly registers as a memory.  For most, it was probably a little awkward, a bit daunting, yet so compelling that we wanted to do it again.  Fo...Show More
Music from Bootstrapping

0:00 | Jun 14th, 2013

Here are the links to the bands whose songs we used.  Swimming by Manuel Da Costa Angeline The Baker/Leather Britches by Bradley Carter High Country by The Maybe Sometimes Some music provided by Mevio's Music Alley.
Live from 5Point Vol. 6

28:11 | May 31st, 2013

Our second installment from the third annual Live from 5Point in April at the 5Point Film Festival. If you missed the last episode, we talked with snowboarder Kevin Pearce and skier Chris Davenport. Today, we present stories from James Walsh and Kyle...Show More
Music from Live at 5Point Vol. 6

0:00 | May 31st, 2013

Music today from Stargazing by Ken Christianson Turn Out The Lights by The New Amsterdams  provided by Mevio's Music Alley
Music from Benighted

0:00 | May 27th, 2013

Here are the links to the artists whose songs we used in Benighted.  "The Sounds They Make" by Maps and Atlases "Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old" by Les Savy Fav "F--ked Up Kid" by Broken Social Scene "Empire" by The Black Angels "The World is Our _____" b...Show More
Live from 5Point Vol. 5

25:34 | May 17th, 2013

We're back for our third annual Live from 5Point event. Today we present two stories from snowboarder Kevin Pearce, about finding happiness after suffering a traumatic brain injury, and big mountain skier Chris Davenport, about the aesthetics of the ...Show More
Music + Photos: Live from 5 Point

0:00 | May 17th, 2013

Come join the fun next year! Fitz and Kevin Pearce Fitz and Chris Davenport Fitz and Kyle Dempster Music today  Stargazing by Ken Christianson 100 by Cy Tru Music from Cy Tru provided by Mevio's Music Alley
The Shorts--Ode to An Ice Chest

10:46 | Apr 26th, 2013

As the days grow longer and warmer, the road beckons us. And while we can pile gear into the car until we can’t cram anything else in, packing some items take a bit more thought. Like, how will I keep the cheese cold? “The ice chest is the vagrant’s ...Show More
The Shorts--Hey, Bear!

11:56 | Apr 12th, 2013

"We traveled in an ode to that particular brand of privileged American adventure, the cross-country drive, funded in equal parts by savings from crappy after-school jobs at a camping store and graduation money from loving parents," writes Graham T. B...Show More
Music from Hey Bear

0:00 | Apr 12th, 2013

Here are links to the bands whose songs we used in Hey Bear! Fall in Line by Aluminum Forest Spiraling Journey  by Chimpy, featuring Duncan Beattie Proceed With Caution by The New Amsterdams Music provided by Mevio's Music Alley.

25:51 | Mar 29th, 2013

Great stories often have these 5 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...Show More
The Pledge

05:05 | Mar 22nd, 2013

Through the years, many of you have asked to give to the Diaries. To donate a few bucks. And we have said, "No," to this generosity. We said no because we believed the Diaries should be free. That there should be fewer barriers for inspiration to fin...Show More
The Shorts--Castleton Fall

11:19 | Mar 6th, 2013

While climbing Castleton Tower, Brendan Leonard watched a climber cruise past him, take on a piece of gear, and then fall onto a ledge right at his feet. The immediate moment had Brendan dealing with the logistics of how to help someone when you're a...Show More
Be Mine

31:45 | Feb 14th, 2013

Love- It's life's great surprise. You can try to pin its origins in brain chemistry and hormones. Or 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 t...Show More
The Shorts- Just Make It Happen

12:43 | Jan 30th, 2013

Ever managed to talk yourself into an adventure or a job only to realize you have gotten yourself in way over your head? Sometimes these scenarios lead to embarrassment. Sometimes they begin horror stories. But, sometimes, they provide unexpected opp...Show More
The Magic of Serendipity

23:03 | Jan 18th, 2013

You might remember a story about climbers in the Magic Kingdom. It sounded like a dream job- climbing, secret lairs and cutting to the front of the roller coaster line. Our inbox flooded with emails about how to apply. But the program was canceled in...Show More
The Shorts--Pedaling to Silence

11:10 | Jan 3rd, 2013

Greg May signed up as a rookie for the 24 Hours of Exposure at the heckling of his friends. But as he stood on the start line he felt under prepared, under biked, and overweight. "Probably not the thought you want before your first 24 hour mountain b...Show More
The Sufferthon

22:16 | Dec 18th, 2012

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...Show More
The Shorts-Don Manuel's Nails

12:25 | Nov 30th, 2012

In 2010, Seth Adams worked in Ecuador with Round River Conservation Studies. He was there as part of an effort to show the locals the importance of conserving the surrounding forest and wildlife. Yet, the longer that he was there, interacting with lo...Show More
Making It

38:59 | Nov 15th, 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 get pa...Show More
Tales of Terror Volume 3

24:16 | Oct 30th, 2012

Ever walked through the woods late at night and felt like you were being followed? Had a strange feeling about someone you just met? Encountered the strictly inexplicable that led you, abruptly, to pack up and bail? Often, we rationalize these instin...Show More
New Project -- Three Types of Fun films

0:00 | Oct 29th, 2012

Over the coming months, the team at Duct Tape Then Beer will be rolling out six short films on a variety of outdoor topics. Remember the t hree types of fun? Here's a refresher. Type 1 -- Fun in the truest sense of the word. This is fun to plan. Fun ...Show More
The Shorts--Dream, Interrupted

10:12 | Oct 9th, 2012

Steve's typical weekend would make any dirtbag jealous. Concerts by the river, sunrise climbs, hiking a new trailhead just because. He's living his own version of the dirtbag dream; the one he wanted to achieve for so many years. Until one day, he re...Show More
The Shorts-Meditation in Motion

11:38 | Sep 21st, 2012

"A friend of mine said that it was worth getting a budget flight to Morocco just to eat an orange.  After that you could turn around and fly home content." Writer, photographer, and surfer Mat Arney was ready for a break from his routine; and really ...Show More
Crash and Burn

18:26 | Sep 7th, 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 do...Show More
The Shorts--One Last Hike

12:30 | Aug 15th, 2012

"My father would collected me in the summer and we would range farther in our explorations of the West.  We would find small towns on the edge of wilderness and he would tell me, 'If I ever disappear, look for me here.' These trips nurtured a love of...Show More
The Dirtbag's Playlist Volume 7

47:16 | Aug 1st, 2012

With summer upon us, it's time for some tunes as you head out to destinations near and far. We've selected a few of our favorite cuts from the last year of stories. Download your favorite(s) for free, then use them to solve this equation: music + roa...Show More
The Shorts--Parking Lot Players

13:33 | Jul 13th, 2012

Next time you're out at a popular trailhead, take 30 minutes, crack a beer and take a look around the parking lot. You'll start to see that there are a few  distinct types of people you can meet in the parking lot. Each has their merits that can help...Show More
Stepping Stones

19:11 | Jun 22nd, 2012

Jessie Stone has a resume that would make any dirtbag proud -- raft guide, pro whitewater kayaker and member of the US freestyle kayak team. At the end of that list is medical doctor.  And the director of the Soft Power Health Clinic in Uganda.  She ...Show More
Music from Stepping Stones

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2012

Here are the links to today's songs. I'm really digging Pixels by FAWN. Gunn - Truscinski Duo "Don't Lean On Door" (mp3) from "Ocean Parkway" (Three Lobed Recordings) More On This Album Joel Sebunjo, Bukko Brite, Lawrence Okello, Samuel Otaala "Na...Show More
The Shorts--5 Types of B.O.

10:43 | Jun 6th, 2012

"If there are three types of fun, there should be five types of B.O." It happens to all of us. You're out camping for a few days, maybe more. Free from the hygienic shackles of society, you sniff and think, "I'm good."  Brendan Leonard's been there. ...Show More
Music from 5 Types of B.O.

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2012

Here are the links to the cuts. The Santogold cut is a good one to pump your fist to. Janel & Anthony "Big Sur" (mp3) from "Where Is Home" (Cuneiform Records) More On This Album Apollo Brown "Tao Te Ching" (mp3) from "Clouds" (Mello Music Group)...Show More
Live From 5 Point Vol. 4

30:45 | May 22nd, 2012

Welcome to the second half of our 2012 Live From 5 Point show. This week we continue the show from Steve's Guitars in downtown Carbondale, CO. Photographer Ben Moon presents his story about overcoming cancer, the community that rose up to support him...Show More
Music from Live from 5 Point Vol. 4

0:00 | May 22nd, 2012

Here are the tracks from the second installment of the 2012 Live Show.  I'm digging this Dreamend album. Ishq "Skylike" (mp3) from "And Awake" (Interchill Records) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album Dreamend "Your Apparition Stays with Me Still" ...Show More
Live From 5Point Vol. 3

38:34 | May 7th, 2012

5Point Film Festival invited us back for another live Dirtbag Diaries. And of course, we said, "Yes!" We invited four people up on stage to to talk about a moment in their lives when it all seemed to go wrong. And where those moments have led them, a...Show More
Music from Live From 5Point Vol. 3

0:00 | May 7th, 2012

Filastine "Shanty Tones" (mp3) from "LOOT" (Muti Music) More On This Album Dreamend "The Face on the Tintype" (mp3) from "And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave" (Graveface Records) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album Ishq "Skylike" (...Show More
The Shorts-Pedal Your Turns

15:11 | Apr 13th, 2012

Last spring, Fred Sproat and his friend Sam pedaled 630 miles from Eugene, OR to the heart of the Sierra. Their mission was to ski couloirs by truly earning their turns and challenging the status quo of how we feed our backcountry addictions. 
Music from Pedal Your Turns

0:00 | Apr 13th, 2012

Here are the cuts from today's episode. Pumice "Covered in Spiders" (mp3) from "PUNY" (Soft Abuse) More On This Album Kishi Bashi "It All Began With a Burst" (mp3) from "151a" (Joyful Noise Recordings) More On This Album Dreamend "Magnesium Ligh...Show More
The Shorts-Post-Emphatic Wilderness Disorder

11:19 | Mar 23rd, 2012

"When you’re in a crowded movie theater or stadium, do you nervously fidget and plot an escape route?" asks Dean Fleming. If so, you may be suffering from Post-Emphatic Wilderness Disorder. Dean walks you through the symptoms and three steps to help ...Show More
Music from Post-Emphatic Wilderness Disorder

0:00 | Mar 23rd, 2012

Here are the cuts from today's episode. Click on the links to download for free.   Dreamend "The Face on the Tintype" (mp3) from "And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave" (Graveface Records) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album   DJ Bi...Show More
Can you pledge?

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2012

First off, thanks for taking the initiative to click on our pledge button. We are reaching out to the community that has supported us for the last six years, while also maintaining our sponsors. Many of you have asked whether you could donate. And we...Show More

31:00 | Mar 6th, 2012

The Dirtbag Diaries turns five.  This also happens to be our 100th episode.  To celebrate the occasion, we reached out to our collaborators, our contributors and our friends and asked for ideas. Their response was resounding. "We want to hear your st...Show More
Music from Origins

0:00 | Mar 6th, 2012

Here are a list to today's songs from some of our favorite artists over the years. Jacob Bain and his band Publish the Quest are near and dear to our hearts. If you missed the episode Sodade that tells part of Jacob's story as a musician, or when he...Show More
The Shorts--The Mobil

13:10 | Feb 10th, 2012

On road trips, Brendan Leonard always stops to check out the t-shirt rack, bumper stickers or display of trinkets unique to the area. And every stop is a chance to find the best, ever. But he hadn't quite found it. Until friends told him of a magical...Show More
Music from The Mobil

0:00 | Feb 10th, 2012

Here are the links to today's cuts. Enjoy! Typhoon "The Honest Truth" (mp3) from "A New Kind of House" (Tender Loving Empire) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album The Wedding Present "You Jane" (mp3) from "IODA SXSW Opening Day Bash Sampl...Show More
Frozen Lemonade

15:25 | Jan 19th, 2012

John Dittli says the skating has been epic in the high Sierra. While others have bemoaned the lack of snow, John has seized the extended window to ice skate on multiple lakes. In the spirit of making the most out of a situation. we present the Year o...Show More
Music from Frozen Lemonade

0:00 | Jan 19th, 2012

Here are the links to download the tracks from today's episode for free. Happy New Year! Moonlit Sailor "Waiting For Nothing" (mp3) from "Floating: The Nathan Gocke Story (Soundtrack)" (Deep Elm) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album Ishq "Skylike"...Show More
The Shorts--By Any Means Necessary

11:52 | Dec 12th, 2011

Growing up in Ireland, writer Lisa McGonigle wasn't immersed in snow and mountains. But a trip to the Pyrenees when she was 19 to try snowboarding realigned her priorities. While little rivals fresh lines on a powder day, she discovered the fine line...Show More
Music from The Shorts--By Any Means Necessary

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2011

If you want to read more about Lisa's ski-bumming, check out her book Snowdrift. And here are the cuts from today's episode. Apollo Brown "Never in a Million Years" (mp3) from "Clouds" (Mello Music Group) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Albu...Show More
Transitions--Efficiency Manifesto

15:30 | Nov 23rd, 2011

Transitions may not be sexy, but they make or break us. Almost five years after I wrote the Monoboard and started The Diaries, I find myself in a metaphorical transition.  My passions run from the mountains to the Seattle music scene and I've become ...Show More
Music Links and Coupon Code

0:00 | Nov 23rd, 2011

Visit Adayak for Dirtbag Diaries T-shirts and sweatshirts. Beginning Monday Nov 28th for one week, you can get 10% off your order. Enter the coupon code Dirtbag10off at checkout. Happy shopping! Here are the song details from today's show. Remember y...Show More
Lifestyle Tips for the Committed

10:03 | Nov 11th, 2011

Dean Fleming writes, " Like most rock climbers, I’m a control freak and I’m cheap.  So I’ll share one lifestyle tip for the committed to put extra cash in your pocket." DIY haircuts. Dean lays out 3 simple steps to keeping the dirtbag dream alive. 
Music from Lifestyle Tips for the Committed

0:00 | Nov 11th, 2011

Click on the links to download the songs. Enjoy~ The Glitch Mob "Animus Vox" (mp3) from "Drink The Sea" (Glass Air) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This AlbumDel The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator "Mastermind" (mp3) from "Deltron 3030" (Del...Show More
Tales of Terror Vol. 2

23:51 | Oct 28th, 2011

It can be difficult to separate an initial seed of fear from the growing tangle of possibility that can quickly emerge in your head, but sometimes that sprouting seed is very tangible. Today, we bring you stories from Sara Porterfield and Jeremy Ally...Show More
Music from Tales of Terror Vol. 2

0:00 | Oct 28th, 2011

Download your favorite songs for free. Black Buddha "Sizsahvirium - le Canticle pour Halloween" (mp3) from "Sizsahvirium - le Canticle pour Halloween" (Ultraviolet Productions) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album Mind Movie "The Nursery" (...Show More
The Shorts--Wheels

12:45 | Oct 12th, 2011

The weekend ritual of loading up a car with gear, picking a destination, and watching out the window as the landscapes passes by is familiar to most of us. We may have a love-hate relationship with our vehicles, but they are able to take us to the pl...Show More
Music from Wheels

0:00 | Oct 12th, 2011

Here are links to the recent music. Dan Wilder "Fire in the Cold" from "New Ground" Download from Facebook Form and Fate "Tracking, North of 63° Latitude" (mp3) from "Sol Invictus" (500 Records) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album Sara...Show More
The Way of the Underdog

20:29 | Sep 29th, 2011

The Underdog is the most potent myth in America. Is this special type of hero just a myth or is the underdog real? Jayson Sime was a small town Iowa kid from the tough part of town. He was told he wouldn't amount to much by his teachers and hazed by ...Show More
Music from The Way of the Underdog

0:00 | Sep 29th, 2011

Here are the latest songs. Remember you can download the songs for free. Hospital Ships "Phantom Limb" (mp3) from "Lonely Twin" (Graveface Records) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album The Idle Hands "Dead Letter" (mp3) from "Life is Beaut...Show More
The Shorts--Drifting to a Fork in the River

12:07 | Sep 13th, 2011

While in school, Fred Sproat successfully balanced his time between guiding and love. Guiding takes a commitment to dealing with Mother Nature's spontaneous eruptions and the tenacity to keep clients happy. But you are able to pursue you passion, eve...Show More
Music from Drifting to a Fork in the River

0:00 | Sep 13th, 2011

Here are the links to today's cuts. Dodd Ferrelle "Sucker Punch Town" (mp3) from "Hide the World" (Two Sheds Music) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album Dawda Jobarteh "Namo" (mp3) from "Northern Light Gambian Night" (Sterns) Buy at Amazon MP3 ...Show More
The Dirtbag's Playlist Volume 6

37:38 | Aug 28th, 2011

Aaah, August. A time to get outside and forget about computer screens. We hope you've been out there enjoying the summer. We certainly have. But don't worry, even though we took a break from publishing, we're still working away to bring you more stor...Show More
The Season 2 is Alive

02:14 | Aug 22nd, 2011

After a year of hard work, Bryan Smith and I present The Season 2, five stories from a whole new set of athletes. This 22-episode web TV series following five athletes through the course of a year is available first at arcteryx.com and then as a down...Show More
You Are Not Alone

30:37 | Jul 27th, 2011

The first time I sat around a climber's campfire at 19, I could sense that though our lives were superficially different with jobs and responsibilities, something greater connected those gathered around the fire. Today, we present two stories from wo...Show More
Music from You Are Not Alone

0:00 | Jul 27th, 2011

You can watch the trailer for "23 feet" and keep up with Allie at Red Reel Media. Here are the cuts from You Are Not Alone: Fake Babies "LA" (mp3) from "We Started Blues" (Safety Meeting Records) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album This W...Show More
The Shorts--Conquering Sherman

09:29 | Jul 11th, 2011

When David King set out to ride his bike across the US, he had read the books, bought the right gear and trained tirelessly on hills back home.  But biking day in and day out started to wear on him mentally, as well as physically. As he cranked up a ...Show More
Music from Conquering Sherman

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2011

Here are the songs from today's episode Typhoon "The Honest Truth" (mp3) from "A New Kind of House" (Tender Loving Empire) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album Music For Animals "Red Cells" (mp3) from "Music For Animals" (Music For Animal...Show More
The Shorts--Penance

12:14 | Jun 17th, 2011

After road racing bicycles for seven years, Gary Visser settled into life in South Carolina. He discovered a new passion in the salt water marshes, raised a family, and taught his son, Garrett, to fly fish. As Garrett prepares to leave for college, G...Show More
Music from Penance

0:00 | Jun 17th, 2011

Enjoy the music while relaxing on a summer afterooon! Selva de Mar "Reggae Ehad" (mp3) from "Selva de Mar" (Whatabout Music) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album Aphasia "Big Wave" (mp3) from "IODA SXSW Opening Day Bash Sampler 2011" (ioda...Show More
Live From 5Point Volume II

41:19 | Jun 2nd, 2011

Our long held dream of creating a live performance of The Dirtbag Diaries came true this spring at the 5Point Film Festival. Today we present the stories of the folks behind the camera. Mickey Smith and Nick Waggoner join us on stage. Welcome to the ...Show More
Music from Live at 5Point II

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2011

Here are the cuts from the episode. Remember you can download them for free! Fredrik "Rites of Spring" (mp3) from "IODA SXSW Opening Day Bash Sampler 2011" (ioda) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album This Will Destroy You "Threads" (mp3) from "S/...Show More
Live from 5Point Volume 1

35:27 | May 19th, 2011

For years, Becca and I have wanted to create a live performance of The Dirtbag Diaries. When 5Point Film Festival gurus Julie Kennedy and Beda Calhoun approached me earlier this year about creating a onstage storytelling hour at the festival, I immed...Show More
Films & Music for Live From 5Point Vol I

0:00 | May 19th, 2011

Here are the links to the films and music from today's episode. Baybe Champ was featured in the movie Scrapertown by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari as part of the series, California Is A Place. You can stay up to date with Champ and The Original Sc...Show More
The Shorts--Dispatch from the Middle

13:11 | May 6th, 2011

For surfer Wade Grocott, his local break is thousands of kilometers away. The weeks he's not surfing, he's surrounded by the prairies of Saskatchewan. Answering the questions of his fellow and understandably curious Saskatchewanians is just part of t...Show More