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Illustration: Walker Cahall

Growing Down

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 2, 2018 January 2, 2018

I’ve watched my friends and peers hopscotch across the world. Some of them have reached the top of their craft, authored ridiculous lines up mountains, followed rivers into wrinkles of the deepest canyons, found the edge of human endurance. If I look back on the last ten years, I’m often… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Year of Big Ideas 2019

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 22, 2019 January 22, 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 Honda Civic, he didn’t list in on Craigslist. Instead, he posted… Read More

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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Fear is Real

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Mar 10, 2017 March 10, 2017

Loosely speaking, there are two kinds of fear. There’s the fear of external, objective hazards–like getting caught in an avalanche, or taking a bad fall climbing or getting mauled by a grizzly bear. Then, there’s the internal, more slippery kind of fear, like the fear of not being pretty enough,… Read More

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Hit Pause

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jan 17, 2019 January 17, 2019

What if you could hit pause on life? This last year, Fitz turned 40. Instead of buying a sports car, Fitz took a sabbatical. Today, he presents a story about mountain biking the Oregon Timber Trail, a 670-mile-long, mostly single track trail across the state’s deserts and forests. What’s the… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

The Van Fan

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Apr 9, 2019 April 9, 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 resort between Dallas and Lake Tahoe, he offered up his newly-renovated 1990 Dodge Ram van, Sherrod, for the job. The two of them… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Start Saying Yes

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Aug 12, 2016 August 12, 2016

“Over two weeks I went from pretty ‘fine’—I have to say ‘fine’ with air quotes and an eye roll, because it’s that kind of fine—so, I went from ‘fine’ to ‘I’m out!’ I just needed a life restart,” says Katie Crafts. For her thirtieth birthday, Katie gave herself… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Hootin’ & Hollerin’

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Oct 31, 2018 October 31, 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 November, 2016, Craig took a fall in… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Venture Out

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

“I was working this corporate job, and, every day, I looked out the window and thought, ‘Man, those mountains are so beautiful, I wish I was out there,’” remembers Perry Cohen. Growing up, Perry was an outdoorsy kid—hiking and cross-country skiing in rural New Hampshire. He was thrilled when, as… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Fistful of Hearts

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Aug 22, 2019 August 22, 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 waited out a storm in an old horse barn in Montana, huddled like penguins, our bikes cast carelessly aside in the mud,” writes… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

A Story Of My Own

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jul 31, 2018 July 31, 2018

For most of his adult life, Cam Fenton has fought against climate change–and particularly to protect the Arctic. “The funny thing was, for most of that time, I couldn’t tell you why,” says Cam. “Sure, I could recite, and often wrote, the talking points: to stop sea level rise, stand… Read More

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