The Dirtbag DiariesAuthor: Duct Tape Then Beer
17 Dec 2018

The Dirtbag Diaries

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This is what adventure sounds like. As long as we’ve climbed, skied, hiked, boated or traveled, we’ve been telling stories. Duct Tape Then Beer present the sometimes serious, often humorous stories about the people who call the outdoors their home. What began as a solitary experiment by writer Fitz Cahall, has evolved into collaboration between writers and listeners to produce the type of stories that rarely find homes in the glossy pages of magazines.

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    The Shorts-- Saving Santa

    "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 this...'. Nowhere, it seems, do people go further from the familiar that on cruises to Alaska."

    Working as a seasonal guide at a remote camp in rural Alaska with ten other men, Joe also discovered that nowhere would be harder to find a girlfriend. He figured it would take nothing less than Santa and his team of flying reindeer to meet a girl. Can Christmas wishes still come true?

  • Posted on 14 Dec 2018

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    Endangered Spaces--Cook Inlet

    Drew Hamilton makes a living by taking tourists out into the remote Alaskan wilderness to hang out with brown bears. No fences, no guns--just Drew, and the eight hundred pound, six and a half foot tall, Ursus arctos horribilis of southern Alaska. Most people call them grizzlies. These days, he does it, in large part, as a unique way to protect this magnificent landscape from the proposed Pebble Mine.

    For the fifth installment of our Endangered Spaces series, our producer Jen Altschul takes us to the mainland of southern Alaska to to better understand the threats to this landscape and community, to better understand the economic drivers that keep the threat of the Pebble Mine alive and to meet the extraordinary people doing everything in their power to protect this special place.


    To stay up to date on the latest from Pebble mine, visit and

    To stay up to date on Pebble particularly as it relates to McNeil River and the bears, visit:

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    Check out a map of Cook Inlet here.

  • Posted on 30 Nov 2018

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    Hit Pause

    What if you could hit pause on life? This last year, Fitz turned 40. Instead of buying a sports car, he took a sabbatical. Today, he presents a story about mountain biking the Oregon Timber Trail, a 670-mile-long, mostly singletrack trails across the state's deserts and forests. What's the difference between a groove and a rut? Sometimes it's hard to tell, but being perched in the saddle might provide a new  perspective.

  • Posted on 16 Nov 2018

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    Tales of Terror Vol. 9

    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 stories will keep you peering over your shoulder. 

    First, we'll follow Amy England down a snowy forest road in the middle of winter. Then, we'll cozy up in a deserted New Zealand Alpine hut with Audrey Howarth and Alex Clingman. And finally, we'll travel deep into a desert canyon in southern Utah with Trevor McEntire. 

    Happy Halloween!

  • Posted on 26 Oct 2018

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    Moto Gypsy

    “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 Southeast Asia to the mountains of Colombia. Although this massive problem can be overwhelming at times, Janelle has found ways to stay positive.


    This past summer, Duct Tape Then Beer filmmaker, Isaiah Branch-Boyle was looking for hope and was inspired by Janelle’s positivity. So he traveled to Colombia and spent a week with Janelle in the northeastern mountains of Colombia to learn more about wildlife trafficking and to find ways we can all find hope in the darkness.

  • Posted on 12 Oct 2018


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