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The Dirtbag Diaries
The Dirtbag Diaries
Duct Tape Then Beer

This is what adventure sounds like. Climb. Ski. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Run. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz... more

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Outside/In: 'Til The Landslide Brings It Down

We're sharing an episode from our friends at Outside/In. Their team of reporters combine solid reporting and long-form narrative storytelling... more

07 Jun 2024 · 33 minutes
Beth Rodden: A Light Through The Cracks

Beth Rodden first started climbing in 1995, and it wasn’t long before she radically changed the sport. Within three years,... more

24 May 2024 · 37 minutes
States of Adventure book Pre-order

We made a book! For the last year, Fitz and Becca have been working on adapting 30 episodes into essays... more

17 May 2024 · 10 minutes
Live From 5Point Vol. 10

Thirteen years ago Fitz got talked into doing our first live Dirtbag Diaries at 5Point Film Festival. So, we were... more

10 May 2024 · 54 minutes
The Shorts— Everybody Loves Lyle

“With no roads to this wave, we had hiked in a dozen or so miles along the beach from the... more

26 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
Querencia (Español)

Creciendo en Michigan, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada no creía que el esquí era cosa de ella, y no fue hasta que... more

12 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
Homecoming (English)

Growing up undocumented in Michigan, Vanessa Chavarriaga Posada didn't think skiing was for her, and it wasn't until she moved... more

12 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
The Only Way Out Is Through

Natalie Brechtel joined the U.S. Antarctic Program at the South Pole for a supposed dream gig, but instead it was... more

22 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
The Shorts-- Chasing A Vision

At different points in their lives, both Brice Ruiz and Ashley Lose found themselves at a crossroads. Brice wanted to... more

08 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Race Day

Chances are at some point you’ve signed up for an organized race or event. Maybe you’ve participated in a local... more

23 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
The Winter Rangers

During their twelve winters as winter rangers in Yosemite National Park, Rob and Laura Pilewski have learned a thing or... more

09 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
The Shorts-- The Wilderness Within

Both Julia Hoer and Josie McKee suffered traumatic experiences that forced them to reckon with their identities and priorities. But... more

26 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes

This year to celebrate the new year, Fitz sat down with professional skier Cody Townsend about his goal of skiing... more

12 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
Grand Traverse

The Grand Traverse is a ski race like no other: skiers begin at midnight and navigate 40 miles through the... more

22 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
The Shorts--The Myth of Stars

As a kid, Lauren DeLaunay Miller desperately wanted to see a shooting star. Years later, in the vastness of the... more

08 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
Right Place, Right Time Rivalry

A crisp sunny morning with tacky stone. The spring flush of desert sun and good dirt. Long summer days that... more

24 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
DBD+ Preview: A Fine Line with Graham Zimmerman

Alpinist and labradoodle devotee Graham Zimmerman has poured his heart into climate change activism after witnessing its effects in the... more

17 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
Paso a Paso (English)

When Arlene Gonzalez started running eleven years ago, she quickly discovered its ability to mend a broken heart, inspire confidence,... more

10 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
Paso a Paso (Español)

Cuando Arlene Gonzalez empezó a correr hace once años, descubrió cómo el deporte puede reparar un corazón roto, inspirar confianza,... more

10 Nov 2023 · 36 minutes
Tales of Terror Vol. 14

In our annual Tales of Terror episode, we’ve got dark caves, unsettling landscapes, and unexplainable figures in the night. Mua... more

27 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
The Shorts--Seeking Caribou

Fifteen years ago, Tim Irvin went on a solo trip to the Arctic with the hope of seeing the annual... more

13 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: Right Place, Right Time Rivalry

A crisp sunny morning with tacky stone. The spring flush of desert sun and good dirt. Long summer days that tangle... more

06 Oct 2023 · 7 minutes
Endangered Spaces--Castner Range

Gabaccia Moreno is our guide to one of our newest National Monuments– The Castner Range in El Paso, Texas. She... more

22 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Yes To Never

A Campfire Chat about the silly things we've done and that we would never do again. (Well, almost never.) Got a... more

15 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
The Shorts -- Walking Tall

Lance Garland and Eileen Hall grappled with their identities in different ways and at different stages of their lives. In... more

08 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Mayor of Eldo

When Aubrey Runyon first climbed in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon State Park, it was for fun. When she returned several years... more

25 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: Ask Me Anything

You ask, we answer with anecdotes, stories and advice. Today's Q-- If you could be part of any historical expedition,... more

18 Aug 2023 · 1 minute
The Shorts -- Suddenly Solo

When Laura Buchan’s cycling partner bails a month before their bikepacking trip along the West Coast, she decides to go... more

11 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: Will To Wild with Shelby Stanger

Talking to people makes Shelby Stanger sparkle. As the host of the podcast, Wild Ideas Worth Living, Shelby dives into... more

04 Aug 2023 · 9 minutes
Endangered Spaces: Eastern Sierra

California’s legacy of gold mining goes back generations, but as the world of mining has evolved, so too have our... more

28 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
Diaries+Preview: Forbidden Ring

Producer Andrew Burton brings us the story of his wild hunt for a wedding ring he lost while climbing Forbidden... more

21 Jul 2023 · 8 minutes
The Shorts—One Paddle At A Time

When Jayme Vance and her husband set out on a packrafting honeymoon deep in Denali National Park, her worries about... more

14 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: Bonk! Listener Edition

We put out a call for your best bonk stories, and you answered. Stories from listeners who miscalculated just how... more

30 Jun 2023 · 3 minutes
Take The Wheel

Drew and Sarah embark on a once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip across the country to see the places they’ve always dreamed of seeing.... more

23 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Thin Green Line

Chandra Brown, a veteran river guide, led a five day writers retreat for a group of authors along the U.S... more

09 Jun 2023 · 55 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: Bonk!

We've all been down that odd, potentially hallucinogenic path of calorie miscalculation. A campfire conversation about the moments when we... more

02 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
The Shorts--In My Heart All Along

After years of turning to nature for relief from his inner turmoil, Andrew Shults finally reached his breaking point and... more

26 May 2023 · 13 minutes
Alpine Classroom

A young man hungry to learn how to recreate in the mountains, and a veteran guide leading the NOLS course... more

12 May 2023 · 49 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: Beyond The Wall

How has being an adaptive athlete changed and evolved over the years? Fitz talks with climber Craig DeMartino, a leader... more

05 May 2023 · 7 minutes
The Confluence

Kate and Ani Williams have been adventuring together for more than two decades. Last year, they leveled up on a... more

28 Apr 2023 · 43 minutes
The Shorts--Esker Calling

When Kari Hedin’s life is turned upside down, she found solace on her habitual lunchtime trail runs in the wooded... more

14 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
Diaries+ Preview: More with Majka Burhardt

How many things can you balance being really good at in your life? Fitz and Majka Burhardt discuss ice climbing,... more

07 Apr 2023 · 6 minutes
Mt. Doom Magic

For 12-year-old Rory Rielly and 77-year-old James Niehues, the ski map is an object of wonder and a portal to... more

24 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
The Elk

In 2018, backcountry skier Kjell Redal decided he wanted to try his hand at bowhunting for elk. The only trouble... more

10 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
More Type II Fun

What if we invested more in the things that brought us joy? The outdoors. Community. Creativity. This is what gets... more

01 Mar 2023 · 12 minutes
The Shorts--Two Nudes and a Newb

When Amanda Hayley set out on her first solo travel adventure in Olympic National Park, she felt ready to take... more

24 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Endangered Spaces--Colorado River

After two decades of drought, the Colorado River, which supplies water for drinking, power, and agriculture to over 40 million... more

10 Feb 2023 · 58 minutes
Last Skier Standing

“At the end of the 24 hours, I looked around and pretty much everyone was still there,” says Brody Leven.... more

27 Jan 2023 · 59 minutes
The Year of Big Ideas 2023

In 2021, Dirtbag Diaries producer Cordelia Zars launched a theater company. For two years it was a side hustle where... more

13 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
The Zars Brothers

5 years apart, Levin and Tilden Zars are wiry, rugged, and maddeningly strong on mountain bikes. They have scars to... more

23 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Dope Lake Chapter 1: Misfits

We're sharing the first episode of our Dope Lake series that we're running on our show Climbing Gold. In 1976,... more

16 Dec 2022 · 35 minutes
The Shorts--Finding Footing

This week, Autumn Ellingford Rhodes and Nikki LaRochelle find their footing in the mountains after challenging moments in their lives.... more

09 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
Door To Door

In the Pacific Northwest, Jenny Abegg is a renowned local mountain person. She fell in love with climbing and the... more

25 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
Dirtbag Movie Night: Director's Q&A

Fitz talks with the directors of BURIED, Jared Drake and Steven Siig. In 1982 a massive avalanche descended on Alpine... more

15 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
I Got You

Tressa had always used movement to cope with life’s complexities. When she found a partner that could keep up with... more

11 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Tales of Terror Vol. 13

In our annual Tales of Terror episode, we've got creepy sounds in the woods, mysterious, disembodied hands in the night,... more

28 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Gear Love

A campfire conversation with the Dirtbag Diaries staff about their favorite pieces of gear - from surfboards to secret potions... more

14 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
The Shorts--Senditude

“I didn’t need the phrase ‘send it’ explained to me the first time I heard it. I knew what it... more

23 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Beyond Mountains

In 2016, Danika Gilbert, started teaching leadership and climbing skills to girls in Afghanistan. Beyond the technical skills, Danika hoped... more

09 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
Flip Trip

25-year-old raft guides Tony Martin and Martin Lenz meet their clients for the week: 24 retired corporate oil and gas... more

26 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
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Tressa had always used movement to cope with life’s complexities. When she found a partner that could keep up with her, she... more