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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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The Underdog

The Underdog

2024-07-1254:51

In the last few years, Alexandera Houchin has become a force in the world of ultra endurance mountain bike racing. As a Native kid growing up in Wisconsin, she never could have predicted the ways that racing her single speed would prove healing to both her mind and her body. In 2023, she set out to complete the Triple Crown Challenge– racing the Tour Divide, the Colorado Trail, and the Arizona Trail– all on a single gear.  Support comes from Kuat Racks  AeroPress Use code DIARIES to save 20% Incogni Learn more at https://incogni.com/dirtbagdiaries Pre-Order States Of Adventure– 30 stories adapted from The Diaries into a book! http://geni.us/StatesofAdventure Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
When their lives felt out of their control, both Cindy Hong and Dierdre Wolownick turned to running for solace. Each of their stories is a reminder of the value of putting one foot in front of the other, no matter the speed or destination.  Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today Support comes from Kuat Racks  AeroPress Use code DIARIES to save 20% Incogni Learn more at https://incogni.com/dirtbagdiaries Pre-Order States of Adventure– 30 stories adapted from The Diaries into a book! http://geni.us/StatesofAdventure
Heed The Call

Heed The Call

2024-06-1456:33

Two people step outside their comfort zones to take action on the things that matter to them in the hopes of making their communities, and the world, a better place. For Caroline Gleich, that means running for a Senate seat in Utah. For Alex Haraus, that means advocating and mobilizing support for environmental protections using social media.  Support comes from Kuat Racks AeroPress Use code DIARIES to save 20% Incogni: Learn more at https://incogni.com/dirtbagdiaries Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today  and support the show too! Pre-Order States of Adventure– 30 stories adapted from The Diaries into a book! http://geni.us/StatesofAdventure
We're sharing an episode from our friends at Outside/In. Their team of reporters combine solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling that sits at the crossroads of the outdoors, science and the environment and how those themes interact with the rest of our world. Til the landslide brings it down explores what happens when a growing threat of landslides collides with a housing crisis. Host Nate Hegyi visits Juneau to see one example of why, across the country, even the most progressive Americans are rejecting tough truths about climate change when it comes knocking at their own back door. Listen to Outside / In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or where you get your podcasts. LINKS You can check out Juneau’s new hazard maps, along with many of its neighborhood meetings, on their website.  Dive into why the insurance industry stopped providing landslide coverage to Southeast Alaska. KTOO had a wonderful story on how a 1936 landslide that killed 15 people in Juneau became a faded memory. Zach Provant, a researcher at the University of Oregon, spent months investigating the rollout of Juneau’s hazard maps.
Beth Rodden first started climbing in 1995, and it wasn’t long before she radically changed the sport. Within three years, she’d become the first woman to climb 5.14; within five, she’d established a still unrepeated free route on Yosemite’s El Capitan. Today, Beth is making waves in a different way: by leading the climbing community in difficult, vulnerable conversations. Fitz chats with Beth about her new book, A Light Through the Cracks, and what it means to live a big life. Support comes from Ketone.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks  AeroPress Use code DIARIES to save 20% Pre-Order States of Adventure– 30 stories adapted from The Diaries into a book! Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
We made a book! For the last year, Fitz and Becca have been working on adapting 30 episodes into essays and pairing them with incredible imagery. And we are really excited to be able to (nearly) share it with you. You can pre-order States of Adventure: 30 Outdoor Adventure Stories About Finding Yourself By Getting Lost now through July 22nd. The book will hit shelves worldwide July 23rd. Pre-order States of Adventure: geni.us/StatesofAdventure
Thirteen years ago Fitz got talked into doing our first live Dirtbag Diaries at 5Point Film Festival. So, we were thrilled to to return again for the 2024 festival and talk with Dr. John Francis, Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk.  In 1971, John gave up motorized transportation after seeing the effects of an oil spill on wildlife. Months later he took a vow of silence that lasted 17 years. A forerunner in the intersectional environmentalist movement, we talked about the influence of the Beatles, loneliness, and finding home.  In the last 15 years, the creative lights of Taylor and Renan have shown as bright as any through art, through photography and film. They hold an incredible duality of bearing witness to the human spirit and on the flip side, they aren’t afraid to look at the difficult parts of human nature and its impact on animals, humans and our planet.  A Symphony of Tiny Lights Trailer John’s book: Human Kindness: True stories of compassion and generosity that changed the world Support comes from Ketone.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks  Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
“With no roads to this wave, we had hiked in a dozen or so miles along the beach from the nearest town as a huge swell raged next to us,” writes Tyler Homen. A weekend of surfing with buddies turns epic when everyone’s favorite pup, Lyle, goes missing. In partnership with 1% For The Planet  Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
Querencia (Español)

Querencia (Español)

2024-04-1246:32

Creciendo en Michigan, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada no creía que el esquí era cosa de ella, y no fue hasta que se mudo a Wyoming que descubrió la alegría que le podía traer. El año pasado, decidió esquiar el pico más alto de México, el Pico de Orizaba, con una meta significativa: incluir a sus papás, que nunca habían entendido completamente las actividades que hacía su hija, en el paseo. Durante este viaje, Vanessa reflexiona sobre qué significa pertenecer, crear acceso, y descubrir alegría.  In partnership with Kuat Racks 1% Percent For the Planet Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
Homecoming (English)

Homecoming (English)

2024-04-1243:08

Growing up undocumented in Michigan, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada didn't think skiing was for her, and it wasn't until she moved to Wyoming that she found how much joy it brought her. Last year, she set her sights on skiing Mexico's tallest peak, Pico de Orizaba, with a meaningful twist: her parents, who have never quite understood why skiing was so important to their daughter, would join her at basecamp. On this trip, Vanessa reflects on belonging, creating access, and finding joy. In partnership with Kuat Racks 1% Percent For the Planet Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
Natalie Brechtel joined the U.S. Antarctic Program at the South Pole for a supposed dream gig, but instead it was the start of a year marked by harassment, a toxic work environment and loss. Despite losing the ability to trust both her colleagues and herself, she kept going back, redefining what it means to feel safe. A decade later, she faced one final exit challenge: to lead her team on a 26-day traverse to the South Pole.  Support comes from One Percent For the Planet
At different points in their lives, both Brice Ruiz and Ashley Lose found themselves at a crossroads. Brice wanted to run his first ultramarathon, but wouldn’t call himself a “runner.” Ashley and her partner had just hit the road when she found out she was pregnant, pushing them to reconsider their definition of home. In each of their essays, Brice and Ashley find a path to creating the lives they wanted to lead.  Support comes from Kuat Racks  Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
Race Day

Race Day

2024-02-2337:16

Chances are at some point you’ve signed up for an organized race or event. Maybe you’ve participated in a local turkey trot or maybe you’ve run Western States. You register, pay the entry fee, train, show up and try hard. Race day can almost feel like magic. This is a story about the people behind the scenes making all that magic happen. Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
The Winter Rangers

The Winter Rangers

2024-02-0944:30

During their twelve winters as winter rangers in Yosemite National Park, Rob and Laura Pilewski have learned a thing or two about what it means to love a place– and a person.  Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks  Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
Both Julia Hoer and Josie McKee suffered traumatic experiences that forced them to reckon with their identities and priorities. But through time in the mountains, each learned that they had within them everything they needed.  Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
The FIFTY

The FIFTY

2024-01-1253:111

This year to celebrate the new year, Fitz sat down with professional skier Cody Townsend about his goal of skiing all of the Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America. We might just have to call this episode the Many Years of a Big Audacious Idea. Support comes from HMNV.com/DirtbagDiaries Get 30% off your first subscription Kuat Racks  AG1 Alpenglow Speaker Series Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
Grand Traverse

Grand Traverse

2023-12-2242:141

The Grand Traverse is a ski race like no other: skiers begin at midnight and navigate 40 miles through the dark and they often face blizzards, frostbite, and gear failures. The race follows old postal routes through Colorado’s high mountains connecting the iconic ski towns of Crested Butte and Aspen– racers trudge over mountain passes topping out at over 12,000 feet. Needless to say, the event is reserved for hearty and adventurous folks – like Pat O’Neill. Pat is the only person who has participated in the race every year since it began in 1997, and he’s come to realize the race is about more than finishing fast— it’s about the adventure, his ski partners, and the memories.  Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today
As a kid, Lauren DeLaunay Miller desperately wanted to see a shooting star. Years later, in the vastness of the Utah desert, she finally got her wish.  Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Rumpl
A crisp sunny morning with tacky stone. The spring flush of desert sun and good dirt. Long summer days that tangle with night. What’s best? Armed with facts, waxing poetic prose, and a touch of emotional heat, our staff goes toe to toe to determine which region has the best season. It’s tournament time! Today’s episode is from our Dirtbag Diaries+ channel. Want more episodes? Join Dirtbag Diaries+ today  Support comes from Patagonia AG1 Kuat Racks Rumpl
Alpinist and labradoodle devotee Graham Zimmerman has poured his heart into climate change activism after witnessing its effects in the world's great ranges. His new book, "A Fine Line" reflects on his incredible climbing career. In the sometimes overly macho, deeply risky pursuit of alpine climbing, his book offers a welcomed counterpoint to the narrative we often hear. Fitz sat down with Graham for a live Q&A at The Mountaineers in Seattle earlier this month. Read A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains Want to hear the full conversation? Subscribe to Diaries+ Gift a subscription
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Comments (17)

Hurricane McLean

this is pathetic. not a dirtbag, but a poser/idiot diary. why would real outdoorspeople want to hear this loser fest?

Apr 19th
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Hurricane McLean

I'm always amazed how ignorant city people are when entering the wilderness. 30km hike at 1130am with 4km vertical gain! this chick is lucky not to have won a Darwin award...

Apr 19th
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Melissa Thaw

wow what an annoying whiner. oh no can't keep up on your $4k mountain bike? 🙄 lame lame lame lame

Jul 14th
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Natalie Case

Beautiful & Inspiring Story.

Jun 21st
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Becky Viejou

I related so much to this short. In general theme, but also in many of the details. "Hello, where are you from?" "Um ...it's complicated"

Apr 22nd
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Vickie Ryan

Love the Tinariwen tunes in this episode! Such an inspiring story of how climbing brings people together.

Jan 6th
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Melissa Thaw

boring

Nov 24th
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Mateo Juez

awesome episode! this is the first time I've heard anything related to mountain biking and it filled me with joy,

Nov 11th
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Tyler Stein

Anybody know what happened to the “annual” soundtrack for dirtbag diaries?

May 15th
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Dub City Heartbeat

dope episode

Jan 15th
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Robert Boehler

enjoyment and conservation of the outdoorstranscends politics. i sincerely hope that dirtbag diaries leaves politics out of future podcasts. bringing polarizing topics into outdoorsmanship conversations further divides our already fractured and marginalized community.

May 6th
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sarah budnick

Fitz and Becca.......thank you for staying so true to your original dream of this podcast. It's done nothing but perfect itself, and continues to feed my outdoor soul. I'm looking forward to my 18 days this summer (destination undecided at this time)....I'm striving to earn my true Dirtbad status, and finally make it to level 5!!

Apr 15th
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Laura Dewey

kyle showed me utah and ive been here ever since 15 yrs later, i owe my western life to him!

Apr 6th
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Sam Hermann

LOVE this podcast!!

Jan 6th
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