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The Dirtbag Diaries

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This is what adventure sounds like. Climb. Ski. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Run. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and the Duct Tape Then Beer team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.

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Endangered Spaces--The Elwha River Recovery

July 10th, 2020


After a decades long battle on Washington State’s Elwha River, a coalition of environmentalists, scientists and locals succeeded in having two dams …

The Shorts -- The F You Wait

June 26th, 2020


When life pedals ahead on the trail, how do you catch up? You can downshift and sweat harder, or accept that maybe you’ll always feel a little behind. Anya Miller has learned to embrace the struggle on the ups and savor …

Brave Like Gabe

June 12th, 2020


When Ladia Albertson-Junkans’ best friend and running teammate, Gabe Grunewald, was diagnosed with cancer, they resolved that it wouldn’t slow them …

A Tale of Two Saves

May 22nd, 2020


Get ready for big waves and two epic ocean rescues. Before becoming a photographer, Jeff Johnson was a young lifeguard, determined to prove himself. And Kohl Christensen, a North Shore veteran whose work to save other …


May 8th, 2020


In her early 20’s, Rachel James would run 10,000 vertical feet every week and ski deep into the Alaskan backcountry in her free time. When her life …


April 24th, 2020


When Scott Guinn received a letter in the mail from his friend Mike Flanigan, he didn’t expect to find a page-long, typed challenge to climb 10 …

The Shorts -- Number 67

April 10th, 2020


When Ryan Smith set out to hike all sixty-seven 4,000 foot mountains in New England, he expected to be finished in a handful of years. But life threw …

The Great Indoors

March 27th, 2020


In an unprecedented time, a lot of us are confined to our homes, yet looking for ways to connect, to create and to be of service. As our community tries to adapt to a quickly shifting reality, it seems like a good time …

The UnderDonkey

March 13th, 2020


Leadville, Colorado is a mecca for endurance racing in the United States and home to some of the country's hardest trails and toughest athletes. In …

The Shorts -- Franked

February 28th, 2020


“In the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness, getting “Franked” means waking up mid-summer to a foot of snow on your tent, or losing your sleeping bag to a rapid on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River,” writes …

Bolder Love

February 14th, 2020


When a dirtbag romance starts with a burrito shop and a fire alarm, adventure is bound to follow. Climbers Allen Schaidle and Sara Al-Awadhi who, …

Mr. Hodges

January 24th, 2020


Some of the most powerful learning can happen outside the classroom. In the summer of 1975, public school teacher Mr. Hodges took 22 of his students …

The Year of Big Ideas 2020

January 10th, 2020


When the DC metro shut down the line that Dylan Lewis used daily, he had to refigure his commute. Borrow a car? Uber? Walk 11 miles? What started as an obstacle became an opportunity, with a little ‘out of the blue’ …

Shop Magic

December 24th, 2019


Great gear shops are like a toy stores filled with skis and bikes, ropes and chalk. Walking through the door can sow the seeds for the next adventure. Friendships begin. Knowledge gets dropped. When a beloved gear shop …

All In The Family

December 13th, 2019


How many feet of snow would you shovel each year to own a rad backcountry ski lodge? Well if you’re the Schaffer family, the answer is 60. Today, we …


November 22nd, 2019


“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 …

The Shorts-- Dada Needs Ski Patrol

November 8th, 2019


When Dan Kostrzewski had an accident with his daughter on the bunny hill, he gained a new perspective on a lifetime of skiing— both as a career and a personal passion.

Tales of Terror Vol. 10

October 25th, 2019


Disembodied footsteps, screams in the dark, hooded figures: our tenth annual Tales of Terror might have you questioning who -- or what -- else shares the trail with you at night. Ryan Cronin, Natalie Rooker, and Bryce …

The 50,000 Ft. View

October 11th, 2019


“When I think about it, I'm not happy because I got to the top of some point on the planet,” says Steve Swenson. “I'm happy because of all the things we had to do to get there.” In the summer of 2019, Steve and his …

Better Than I Found It

September 27th, 2019


"The land doesn't belong to me, it doesn’t belong to any of us,” says Joshua Tree resident Rand Abbott. “We’re guests here on this earth. It's my responsibility to make sure that my daughter's children's children get to …

The Shorts -- Out and Back

September 13th, 2019


"A lot of folks like a loop trail or a point-to-point run, but I find something really magical about a good out-and-back. On the way out, I feel one …


August 23rd, 2019


Say the word bike, and words like, fun, freedom, fast, come to mind. But does a tandem bike double the fun or divide the freedom? One thing seems …

The Shorts--Beyond Failure

August 9th, 2019


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 …

Fit To Print

July 26th, 2019


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 …

Endangered Spaces - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

July 12th, 2019


Boulder, Utah. Population 250. Sitting in the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this small town of ranchers and settled-down …

The Shorts-- Fistful of Hearts

June 28th, 2019


“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 …

The Dreamer

June 14th, 2019


“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 …

Flip Of A Coin

May 24th, 2019


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 …

The Shorts -- Restless for Roots

May 10th, 2019


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 …

The Land And Water Conservation Fund

April 26th, 2019


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 …

Solo She Rides

April 12th, 2019


In this week’s double-feature episode, Amie Begg and Jessica Kelley head out solo into the Himalayan and Alaskan wildernesses--on their bikes. …

The Shorts-- My Cathedral

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

The Shorts-- The Van Fan

March 8th, 2019


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 …

Living For The Lost

February 22nd, 2019


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 …

Walk To Connect

February 8th, 2019


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 …

Novel Inspiration

January 25th, 2019


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 …

The Year of Big Ideas 2019

January 10th, 2019


“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 …

Mountain Hollow Dreams

December 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 …

The Shorts-- Saving Santa

December 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 …

Endangered Spaces--Cook Inlet

November 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 …

Hit Pause

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 9

October 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 …

Moto Gypsy

October 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 …


September 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 …

Hootin' & Hollerin'

September 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,” …

Ethan and G-Pop

August 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 …

The Glacier Project

August 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 …

The Shorts--A Story of My Own

July 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 …

The Elephant in the Boat - Part II

July 13th, 2018


Expedition kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic have what is perhaps the longest running, most successful partnerships in outdoor adventure, …

The Shorts-- Better Than Good Enough

June 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 …

The Elephant in the Boat - Part I

June 8th, 2018


Expedition kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic have what is perhaps the longest running, most successful partnerships in outdoor adventure, …

Introducing Safety Third: Channel Risk Into Reward

June 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 …

The Shorts--Spirit B

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 …


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 …

The Shorts--The Amazement Meter

April 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 …

Venture Out

April 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 …

The Shorts--Unlearning Adventure Sports

March 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 …

Escape From Beacon Rock

March 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 …

The Shorts--Aloha Life

February 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 …

The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering

February 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 …

Endangered Spaces--Prince of Wales

January 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 …

The Year of Big Ideas 2018

January 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 …

Growing Down

December 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

December 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 …

The Shorts--T-Day

November 23rd, 2017


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

Over the Line

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 8

October 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 Shorts--Yard Sale

October 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 …

Endangered Spaces--Boundary Waters

September 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 …

The Shorts--Thirst

September 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 …

Winnebago Warriors

August 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 …

The Shorts--Double Vision

August 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 …


July 28th, 2017


Roland Thompson used to rob banks. Now he climbs and snowboards. 

Endangered Spaces--Katahdin Woods and Waters

July 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 …

The Shorts--Exit Strategy

June 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 …

Pedal Strokes and Perspective

June 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 …


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 …

The Shorts--Let Joy Rule Your Life

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 …

The Bet

April 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 …

The Shorts--Catching Hope

April 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 …

Endangered Spaces--Bears Ears

March 25th, 2017


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

The Fear is Real

March 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 …

Leaving the Races Behind

February 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 …

The Shorts--The Chute

February 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: …

The Year of Big Ideas 2017

January 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 …

The Shorts--Vanlife

January 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 …

To Infinity

December 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 …

The Shorts--The Skin Track

December 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 …


November 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. …

What's Next?

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 7

October 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 …

Mileposts--Greater than the Sum of its Parts

October 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 …

The Shorts--The Dirtbag Ministry Co-Op

September 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. "

Paul's Boots--An Update from the Trail

September 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, …

Mothers Have It Hardest - Kyle Dempster Tribute

September 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 …

No Way Around It

September 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 …

Mileposts--Calling Home

August 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 …

Start Saying Yes

August 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 …

Mileposts--The Grit to Make it Happen

July 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 …

The Suffer Vest

July 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 …

The Ultimate Weekend Warrior

June 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 …

Little Explorers Club

June 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, …

Live From 5Point Vol. 9

May 26th, 2016


Before, 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 …

Green Light

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 …

The Shorts--I Poo, A Love Story

April 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 …


April 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 …

Mileposts--The Miracle of Darkness

April 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 …

A Slosh in the Bucket

March 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 …

The Shorts--Tower Climbing, Baby!

March 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 …

Mileposts--Celebrate with a Milkshake

February 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'," …

Roll The Dice

February 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 …

Paul's Boots

January 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 …

The Shorts--If The Shoe Fits

January 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, …

Everybody Loves LeeRoy

December 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, …

The Shorts--Powder and Hookah Smoke

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 6

October 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 *&@! …

The Shorts--Commit Fully

October 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 …

The Shorts--Squalls

September 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 …

Beyond the Lines

September 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 …

The Shorts--The Hourglass

July 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, …


July 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 …

The Shorts--Painkillers and Perspective

June 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 …

Live from 5Point Vol. 8

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 …

The Shorts--Sleeping Bag Metamorphosis

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 …

The Modern Dirtbag

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 …

The Shorts--Two Wheels to Anywhere

April 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 …

The Shorts--Blind Date with the Desert

March 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 …

The Threshold Moment

March 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 …

The Shorts--The Swallow and the Anchor

February 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. …

El Avalanchisto

February 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 …

The Shorts--365 Days

January 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 …

Adventure 1000

January 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 …

Flying Deep

January 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 …

The Journey Within

December 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 …

More Than Just a Camping Trip

November 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 …

What You're Handed

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 5

October 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 …

The Shorts--Hooch

October 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 …

The Shorts--5 Steps to Bailing

September 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. …

The Shorts--Go For It!

September 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 …

Mothers Have it Hardest

July 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 …

The Shorts--The Drowning Machine

July 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 …


June 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 …

The Shorts--My Bluebird of Happiness

June 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 …

Live from 5Point Vol. 7

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 …

The World By Bike

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 …

The Treewok

April 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. …

The Shorts--Denial on Denali

April 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 …

The Shorts-- Dreams Coming True

March 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 …

The Remotest

February 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 …

The Shorts--Zen and the Art of Skiing Powder

February 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 …

Starting Small

January 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 …

If You Build It

January 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 …

The Shorts--Fighting With Our Feet

December 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 4

October 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 …

The Shorts--By Slim Chance

October 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 …

The Shorts--Cave Sweet Cave

September 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 …

Rebirth of Belief

September 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 …

Home Front

July 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 …

The Shorts--The Making Of A Patriot

July 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, …

Mikey Buys a House

July 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 …

The Shorts--Bootstrapping

June 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 …

Live from 5Point Vol. 6

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 …

Live from 5Point Vol. 5

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 …

The Shorts--Ode to An Ice Chest

April 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 …

The Shorts--Hey, Bear!

April 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 …


March 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 …

The Shorts--Castleton Fall

March 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 …

Be Mine

February 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 …

The Shorts- Just Make It Happen

January 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, …

The Magic of Serendipity

January 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 …

The Shorts--Pedaling to Silence

January 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, …

The Sufferthon

December 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 …

The Shorts-Don Manuel's Nails

November 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 …

Making It

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Volume 3

October 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 …

The Shorts--Dream, Interrupted

October 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 …

The Shorts-Meditation in Motion

September 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 …

Crash and Burn

September 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 …

The Shorts--One Last Hike

August 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 …

The Shorts--Parking Lot Players

July 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 …

Stepping Stones

June 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 …

The Shorts--5 Types of B.O.

June 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 …

Live From 5 Point Vol. 4

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 …

Live From 5Point Vol. 3

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 …

The Shorts-Pedal Your Turns

April 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 …

The Shorts-Post-Emphatic Wilderness Disorder

March 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 …


March 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 …

The Shorts--The Mobil

February 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. …

Frozen Lemonade

January 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 …

The Shorts--By Any Means Necessary

December 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 …

Transitions--Efficiency Manifesto

November 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 …

Lifestyle Tips for the Committed

November 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 …

Tales of Terror Vol. 2

October 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 …

The Shorts--Wheels

October 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 …

The Way of the Underdog

September 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 …

The Shorts--Drifting to a Fork in the River

September 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 …

You Are Not Alone

July 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 …

The Shorts--Conquering Sherman

July 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 …

The Shorts--Penance

June 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, …

Live From 5Point Volume II

June 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 …

Live from 5Point Volume 1

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 …

The Shorts--Dispatch from the Middle

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 …

Ditch Logic

April 20th, 2011


In 2005, Gregg Bleakney was on the rise. He had all the trappings of a successful life, but Gregg also had a secret.  Something he wasn't sharing …

The Shorts--The Pee Tree

March 22nd, 2011


How do you choose the stories to retell when you get back from a trip? Shane Robinson writes, "At first, I tried to recount every amazing detail of my travels, only to watch my unsuspecting friends' eyes gloss over in …


March 4th, 2011


Jacob Bain has traveled to SE Asia, Cuba, and Africa. And though he sometimes has climbing gear, he always has a guitar. In the summer of 2010, Johnny Fernandes invited Jacob and his band Publish the Quest to Cape Verde …

The Shorts--Sitting In Silence

February 21st, 2011


Mike Colpo went to guide school in search of a different life. His rugged instructor, Cody, taught him the basics of guiding climbers, but also …

What Is Hardcore?

February 8th, 2011


Our sports have long heralded rating systems that let us know just how we're doing. We may bicker over their ratings, but we return to them again and again. They help us set goals, and push ourselves harder. Today, …

The Shorts--How She Got There

January 24th, 2011


Christine McMahon read Ranger Rick, stole her brother's Boy Scouts Manual to learn survival tricks and was driving by age 9. She grew up relatively …

Buckle Down

January 11th, 2011


We present our 2011 Year of Big Ideas show.  Professional athletes, passionate weekend warriors and Dirtbag Diaries contributors come together to present what they are working on in the coming year. Get inspired and …

What We Had

December 23rd, 2010


Mark Rutherford and John Merritt grew up sharing the same sand box. Twenty years ago, Mark began a successful adventure fly fishing guide service in …

The Shorts-Cardboard Canadian

December 8th, 2010


After hitchhiking in Canada and Arizona, Graham Waugh thought he'd easily catch a ride from Needles to Joshua Tree. He didn't account for the nearly deserted 100 odd miles on California's highway 95. He scrawled …

Unseen But Felt

November 25th, 2010


This last fall, Becca and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. To those who asked, I offered a slew of reasons. Those closest to me knew better. I was trying to save myself.  At its core, The Diaries has always been …

The Shorts--The Lost Art

November 12th, 2010


Surfer. Waves. Design. Surfboard. In 25 years of surfing, Will Ranken never thought much about how those four elements interrelated to one another. …

Tales of Terror

October 29th, 2010


Today, we present Tales of Terror, two stories from the most terrifying moments of our contributor's lives. Our first story was recorded in the field …

The Shorts -- Packing

October 12th, 2010


When writer and biker Dean Campbell packs he "always forgets one thing and always brings too much to read." Can your packing style influence how you experience a new place? After traveling by bike for four months …

Embrace This

September 21st, 2010


This summer I decided to not only try road biking, I decided to embrace it in all its spandex glory. My climbing could suffer. The mountain bike …

The Shorts -- Zones of Subduction

September 2nd, 2010


Growing up, inheritance and parenthood – these themes have quietly woven their way into the Diaries’ Fabric. Today, Bob Nydam presents a story about …

Go West

July 27th, 2010


Maybe the cowboy is gone, but the tradition of going West to reinvent oneself has remained a part of our culture. Today, Brendan Leonard presents a …

The Shorts -- Dirtbag Resume

July 13th, 2010


When it came time to settle down after returning from a Peace Corps stint, the economy tanked and Ryan Nickum pieced together whatever work he could …

The Accidental Journalist

June 23rd, 2010


In August 2008, 11 climbers lost their lives on K2. The ensuing media frenzy was just that -- a frenzy. What really happened up there? Freddie Wilkinson, started asking questions and in the process he found himself …

The Shorts -- Yosemite's Next Top Idol

June 3rd, 2010


James Lucas had dreams of rock stardom. He wanted to cast a shadow longer than El Cap. He wanted to live forever in camp fire conversation.  He …

The Pugilist

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. …

The Shorts-Scars

April 27th, 2010


We've all got them. War wounds. Battle scars.  We get them from crashing bikes in the woods, surgeon's scalpels and cheese grating falls on granite. The real incredible thing is that we chose to see what we want in our …

A Successful Life

April 8th, 2010


Last year, Aimee Brown got the opportunity of a lifetime a job writing for National Geographic. Excited, she packed her Subaru and moved east.  After a few weeks of living in D.C. a nagging feeling set in. Were days …

The Shorts--Upward Mobility

March 17th, 2010


Harini Ayer came to the States from Southern India almost a decade ago and fell in love with this country, her research and climbing. If Harini switched jobs, or took a break from her research, she lost her ability to …

The Adventures of Beansprout

February 25th, 2010


Ryan Nickum was a 20-year-old college athlete with a passion for brutal tackles and body checks. Spring break of his sophomore year, Nickum and his …

The Shorts -- Trekker's Blues

February 6th, 2010


When writer Alissa Bohling and her longtime boyfriend Paul set out on the Pacific Crest Trail, they thought a trip of that significance would leave a …

Fueled By Strawberry Jam

January 14th, 2010


Today, we bring you another Year of Big Ideas -- a time to turn daydreams into concrete goals. Professional athletes, weekend warriors, and full time …

Forty Miles A Poem

December 22nd, 2009


When Scott Harvey’s poem “40 Miles of Inspiration” showed up in my Inbox, it was a like a breath of fresh air.  It’s hard not to smile at this refreshing cure for the mid-week blues.  Farm dogs. Wayward bats.  Coyotes. …

Fun Divided By Three

December 7th, 2009


There is type one fun and type two fun, but today, we are going to explore type three fun. This is the epic. The suffer fest. What does type three …

The Shorts -- Friends In High Places

November 9th, 2009


Two and a half years ago, climber and Diaries contributor, Kelly Cordes, signed up for a Facebook account, promptly forgot the password and found out …

The New Conservationists

October 28th, 2009


Today, we present three stories.  A city girl sheds caution to start a farm. A kayaker becomes a journalist. An adventure photographer forgoes a career traveling the globe to run for office back at home.   I am John …

The Shorts -- Underwriting Adventure

September 29th, 2009


Last summer, climber and writer Majka Burhardt embarked on an adventure two years in the making. In the last moments before leaving, Burhardt decided to purchase travel insurance. Her trip to Namibia was an insurance …


September 16th, 2009


It was a tough summer in the climbing community. We lost heroes, friends, mentors, legends, sons and parents. We celebrate their lives with stories and memorials, but then the living are left to confront hard questions …

The Shorts -- Knees and Weather Permitting

July 24th, 2009


When writer Sarah Wroot took her first hike through Scottland’s craggy hills, she was overwhelmed with a surprising notion. “If I had a pack and a …

Three Eighths to Eternity

July 14th, 2009


Two years ago, Christian Beamish crafted an 18-foot-long sailboat in his San Clemente garage.  His obsession with sailboat-assisted surfing began …

The Shorts -- Summer Invocation

June 29th, 2009


Up in the Northwest, we say that summer doesn’t actually start until July 4th. Right now, we’re experiencing our annual June gloom. So I thought it …

The Dreamers

June 18th, 2009


Today writer and climber Sarah Garlick presents: The Dreamers — reflections from four generations of the world’s best climbers: Steve House, Henry …

Sixty Meters to Anywhere

May 27th, 2009


A few Christmases back, Brendan Leonard received a rather strange gift from his brother - an old rope. Brendan wasn’t a climber. He had no intention …

The Shorts -- Great White Book

May 8th, 2009


In 2001, Scott Kennedy and his wife Sophie were living in the States. On weekends, they would meet up to climb in Yosemite’s high country, Tuolumne. …

The Cowboy and the Maiden

April 24th, 2009


In September 2008, Chad Kellogg and climbing partner Dylan Johnson stood atop 6250-meter Siguniang in Western China after completing the 10,000-foot-long SW Ridge. The two friends endured days without water and several …

Beginner's Mind

March 27th, 2009


In the outdoor world, as we age, we can become picky. We are able to discern choss from splitter granite or hard packed moguls from Utah’s finest …

The Adventurer's Parable

March 12th, 2009


Photographers and activists Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson present stories and photos from wild ski terrain and their struggle to become a piece of the conservation puzzle rather than a cog in the problem. 

731 Days Later...

February 25th, 2009


Two years ago, I was staring fruitlessly at a computer screen. I was sick of daydreaming.  I dropped the commissioned piece I was working on that day …

Into the Dark

February 9th, 2009


Throughout his life, Portland rock climber Bob Grunau has struggled with the lingering clouds of depression. Until he discovered climbing, the only way to weather the darker cycles was to retreat inward into his mind. …

Mister Smart Goes Big

January 27th, 2009


Rangi Smart was riding a small spur of his favorite single-track trail when he stumbled upon a perfectly designed mountain bike jump. The 33-year-old …

The Peach

January 9th, 2009


Taco Bell. Pizza Hut. Climber and writer, Kelly Cordes had one hell of resume by the time he applied for a position baking bread. It was an ideal job for a dirtbag who lived and breathed climbing, and once resided in a …

Bedtime Stories for Wanderers

December 22nd, 2008


With his career stalling and idealism flat lining, Ryan Nickum looked into his past to search for the seed of the travel affliction.  There was only one person to blame -- his father. What makes the traveler's feet …

O Tannenbaum

December 13th, 2008


For the last five years, I have been stingier than Scrooge when it comes to a Yule Tree. In 2008, I’m a changed man. Armed with a handsaw and …

The Shorts -- Friendship is a Used Bicycle

November 15th, 2008


“’You should get a bike. It will change your life,’ my friend Nick said. I heard this over and over again like a nagging brake pad rubbing on the one …

Fear Squared

October 28th, 2008


To celebrate Halloween, we bring you two tales of terror. Contest winner Chris Peters explains why it pays to listen to the safety talk and a very special guest remembers a family vacation to the Alaskan wilderness gone …

The Shorts -- Balance

October 13th, 2008


The Bohrer clan isn’t your average Idaho Falls family. Juggling goals in the mountain with parenting is no simple task. Sometimes balancing competing passions requires combining them into a lifestyle. After all, whether …

No Car No Problem

September 29th, 2008


Recreating without a car might seem impossible, but this summer I set out to test the preconceived notion. What happens when you find yourself trapped in the Urban Jungle? You blaze your way out.

The Shorts: The Simple Joy of Moving Upward

September 5th, 2008


After loosing his leg in a climbing accident, Craig DeMartino had to retrain his body and learn his craft all over again. DeMartino takes us to Vail and the Teva Mountain Games. Behind the bright lights, big names and …

The Shorts -- The Pig

July 3rd, 2008


A mythical, semi-secret, surf spot on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – that’s as descriptive as Australian Duncan McNee would get. This secret break, a …

The Crusade

June 20th, 2008


Today, we bring you the Crusade, the story of two stockbrokers, an engineer and a nuclear physicist who, with a little help from the Internet, helped shaped American ski mountaineering without ever leaving their …

The Shorts: Year of Big Ideas Reprieve

May 23rd, 2008


In the Year of Big Ideas, my childhood friend Brad laid it out – he was going to climb El Cap in 2008. We planned and tried to convince others to join us, but in the end, Brad and I were on our own to wrestle with one …

The Human Mule

May 9th, 2008


Through the years, I’ve tried to escape words and journalism, but the writing life always has a funny way of creeping back into my world.  This time it came in the form of a 230-pound cameraman with a fear of heights, a …

The Earth Throne

April 23rd, 2008


Seventeen years ago, Sean O’Neill – artist athlete and big brother to pro climber Timmy O’Neill – lost the use of his legs. After the accident, Timmy …

The Shorts -- Indiana Powder Day

April 15th, 2008


When listener Andy Guinigundo’s email appeared in the inbox on a rainy spring day, I read through it, read it again and thought “Damn, I wish I could …

The Golden Hour

March 28th, 2008


In spring of 1991, Tom Broxson survived a 200-foot fall off the top of Yosemite Valley’s Washington Column. To this day, Tom, his climbing partner …

All These Things

March 9th, 2008


Today, Becca Cahall brings us All These Things – a story about getting older and skiing faster.  We’re headed for British Columbia’s Selkirk …

Datos Insuficientes

February 15th, 2008


In the summer of 2007, kayaker and blogger Shane Robinson found himself paddling down Peru’s isolated Apurimac River with Andrew Oberhardt and Bryan …

The Year of Big Ideas

January 23rd, 2008


Today we bring you the “Year of Big Ideas? – a show all about goals, some big, some small. We’ve interviewed friends, professional athletes, random …

A Lifeline Home

December 6th, 2007


Today, we bring you the tale of Ryan Utz and Micah Helser -- both climbers, both soldiers -- and their quest to create a lifeline back from the …

The Reckoning

November 17th, 2007


In 2005, photographer, writer and avid cyclist Blake Gordon joined the Logsdon brothers in the midst of pedaling 15,000 miles and raising money for the National Brain Tumor Foundation. Today, we present The Reckoning – …

Help Wanted

September 29th, 2007


There’s no such thing as a perfect job. What if there was a magical place where you could get paid to climb? At the center of this kingdom is a …

Prayer for a Friend

September 7th, 2007


Today on the Dirtbag Diaries, we’re traveling from the halls of a New England boarding school where two boys forged an unlikely friendship to the …

No Big Deal

June 28th, 2007


In 1996, photographer John Burcham and three friends completed the first foot traverse of the 650-mile long Alaska Range. Burcham decided to leave the group at the very end of the trip in order to make it to his …

Anatomy of an Accident

June 2nd, 2007


This week the Dirtbag Diaries presents the Anatomy of an Accident. What do you take away from a near-death experience? Is there meaning in it? If so, what does it say about our relationships with these mountains, these …

A Brief Moment in a Beautiful Place

May 14th, 2007


This week we're headed for Laos to recount the story of two friends and one spectacularly bad idea.  Join us as we follow Jacob Bain, Colin Brynn and …

The Great Big Garage in the Sky

April 12th, 2007


Many of us associate our vehicles with freedom, independence and youth. But can a hunk of metal have a soul? Fitz presents the sometimes-true tale of …

The Brotherhood

March 21st, 2007


On a remote cliff in northern Arizona, we join rock climbers Albert Newman and James Q Martin as they attempt the first free ascent of Tooth Rock. 

The Monoboard

March 1st, 2007


Gaper. Touron. Weekend warrior.  As mountain people, we can be a cold, hard lot adhering to an "Us and Them" mentality, but at the root, what makes a …

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  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
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Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

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Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
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Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
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Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens