The Dirtbag Diaries

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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.

Moto Gypsy Oct. 12, 2018

“I'm in this weird reality where I'm using my voice and my status as a woman traveling alone on a motorcycle as a way to talk about conservation to people who otherwise might not care or listen,” says Janell Kaz. “So it's kind of a weird realm but at the same time it's one of my favorite bridges that I've ever built is between this thriving motorcycle community worldwide and wildlife conservation.” For the past five years, Janelle has traveled on her motorcycle fighting against the worldwide problem of wildlife trafficking. This journey has brought her from the jungles of ...

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Older Episodes

Anti-Gravity Sept. 28, 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...
Hootin' & Hollerin' Sept. 14, 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...
Ethan and G-Pop Aug. 24, 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...
The Glacier Project Aug. 10, 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,...
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. “Sure, I could recite, and often wrote, the...
“The definition of kidnapping is moving someone from one point to another point against their will, and that’s exactly what had happened to us,” says Ben Stookesberry. “But, to me, the most noteworthy part of the day was that, for the first...
"It was a life that was narrow in its margins and seemingly under my control," remembers John Gray. "It wasn't exactly exciting or fulfilling, but I decided it was good enough for me." After a breakup and a drinking habit sent him in a downward...
“The definition of kidnapping is moving someone from one point to another point against their will, and that’s exactly what had happened to us,” says Ben Stookesberry. “But, to me, the most noteworthy part of the day was that, for the first...
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...
The Shorts--Spirit B May 25, 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...
Mission Sorta Possible May 23, 2018
Introducing Safety Third
Flyathlon May 11, 2018
There are a lot of serious problems in this world, but the solutions don’t always have to be serious. Fly-fisherman and trail-runner Andrew Todd channeled his concern for Colorado’s native trout and the watersheds that support them into the...
Chronic depression and the deaths of a few close friends launched Tyler Dunning on a mission to visit all of the National Parks--to get his head and his heart straight. He figured out how to support himself by writing for outdoor publications and...
Venture Out April 14, 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...
“I’m learning how to listen to that subconscious voice of caution,” says Carmen Kuntz. “Where I used to feed on the feeling of adrenaline and risk, I now have to avoid risk completely. After a mild traumatic brain injury it’s simple: I’m...
Escape From Beacon Rock March 10, 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, a few days...
The Shorts--Aloha Life Feb. 23, 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...
"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. If there is a dream that we...
"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, describing what it's like to bushwhack...