The Dirtbag DiariesAuthor: Duct Tape Then Beer
17 Oct 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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    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 Jannell 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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    “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 immigrant and a climber. Today, we follow Juan’s journey from Mexico to climbing shop owner, through illegal border crossings and to the first rock wall he ever climbed on the Las Vegas strip--a chance encounter that altered the trajectory of his life.

    Check out Juan’s climbing shop, AntiGravity Equipment.

  • Posted on 28 Sep 2018

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    Hootin' & Hollerin'

    “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 Indian Creek that injured him badly, and dramatically altered the course of his life.

    “But I don’t really identify with the story of the accident. As intense as it was, it’s just this thing that happened. What does matter is: what happens after you get hurt? What happens after you lose your identity and your sense of self?”

    In this episode, we follow Craig through the first year of his recovery through a series of updates and reflections that document the day to day questions and decisions, setbacks and victories, mini-crises and mini-epiphanies that really make up the recovery process.


    Inspired by Craig? Consider donating to his GoFund Me:

  • Posted on 14 Sep 2018

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    Ethan and G-Pop

    “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 older, these are skills that he thinks are important, and he wants to make sure I have them too--a handing off of the baton, I suppose.”

    So when Ethan’s grandfather proposed that they go on a two-month, five-hundred mile, tandem kayaking expedition along the Canadian coast the summer before Ethan’s senior year of high school, Ethan was onboard.

    Producer Cordelia Zars brings you the story of a wild adventure, a passing of the torch, and the special bond that emerges and evades the constraints of words.

  • Posted on 24 Aug 2018

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    The Glacier Project

    “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, it really ties you down to the moment, the instant, to that second, and all that matters is the next turn.”

    That feeling of complete presence when you drop into a committing line for the first time has driven Jason’s life. It’s guided decisions about his career, about the structure of his life, and, for the past three decades, it has pulled him up all of the major peaks of the Pacific Northwest, and many of the more obscure, remote and committing mountains of the Cascades and Olympics.

    But, just as Jason had started to feel like he knew what his home mountains had to offer, he stumbled into this idea that made him reconsider how much he still had to explore.

    Today, producer Matt Martin brings you, “The Glacier Project,” the story of Jason’s journey to ski all of the glaciers in Washington, and how placing a constraint on adventure can deepen the relationship with the places we consider most familiar.

    Read more about Jason’s Glacier glacier project and check out his photographs at

  • Posted on 10 Aug 2018


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