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Dan was kind enough to share some photos of one of the smaller treehouses from the Treewok episode. Enjoy!

 

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My Misery by Wolf Boy Slim & His Dirty Feet

Crampbone by The Cassettes

Slow Burn by Black Fire Pistol

Whenever You're Ready by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

 

Music courtesy of Mevio's Music Alley

 

Category:general -- posted at: 3:30 PM
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Over the coming months, the team at Duct Tape Then Beer will be rolling out six short films on a variety of outdoor topics. Remember the t hree types of fun? Here's a refresher.

Type 1 -- Fun in the truest sense of the word. This is fun to plan. Fun to do. Fun to talk about afterwards. For example, a powder day, climbing on a perfect fall day.

Type 2 -- Fun in theory. Character building in the moment. As selective memory takes over, it becomes fun. For example, anything involving the word alpinism.

Type 3 -- Life changing. This is the moment when things go wrong and leave a lasting imprint on who we are.

With this in mind, we set out to create six films that encompass the breadth of fun. Some feature just plain fun and others go to our community's complicated issues. There is no website, no facebook page dedicated to the project. The project will live through you. If you watch one of the pieces and it speaks to you, please share it. We will do our best to keep you posted. Our first film The Gimp Monkeys came out last week. We've been really pleased by how it's been received. I'm excited to see it on the big screen at this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Thanks, Fitz, Becca and the Duct Tape crew

Category:general -- posted at: 7:09 PM
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First off, thanks for taking the initiative to click on our pledge button. We are reaching out to the community that has supported us for the last six years, while also maintaining our sponsors. Many of you have asked whether you could donate. And we've always said, "Thanks, but no." The Diaries are stories that come from you, they belong to you; we are merely the curators. They should be free, and will remain so.

But to those of you that have asked to throw in a few bucks, to those who the Diaries has helped give you that nudge to quit a bunk job, to find happiness that isn't defined by normal, to move closer to the mountains that give you such joy, please consider pledging today. Regardless of how marketing budgets may shift, we are committed to keeping the Diaries going for as long as we can.

Help us make sure that the Diaries are there for the next person in need of that nudge. That gift is yours to give. Take hold of it. 

Whatever level you can pledge support at is helpful for us to keep sharing the stories of our community.

We do have a few incentives.

If you can pledge at the $100 (up to $249) level, we will send you a "Fun Divided By Three" T-shirt

If you can pledge at the $250 or more level, we will send you a "Fun Divided By Three" sweatshirt.

(If you already have one- Thanks! Leave us a note through the magic of Pay Pal and we'll get you something else.)

If you'd like to pledge old school, email us and we'll send your our address. 

And if you want to set it and forget it, we have a Yearly subscribe option. Every year, you'll pledge your support anew. Until you ask to be taken off the list, which we'll do immediately, of course. But why would you want to do that?

I pledge
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All pledges made through PayPal will be listed as made payable to Duct Tape Then Beer, our parent company, which is really just us.

Thank you so much!
Fitz and Becca

 
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46 PM

Thank you for your pledge. Your support will help us to keep fostering creativity in our community and bringing you the best stories out there. A receipt for your pledge has been emailed to you. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Fitz and Becca

The Dirtbag Diaries

Category:general -- posted at: 8:00 AM

The Love Letter went live yesterday. Thank you for all the support.  The response has been incredible.  In less than 24 hours, hundreds of you have watched and shared this piece. The Love Letter Facebook page submissions have been incredible. There are four weekly prizes of packs, gear and subscriptions to Climbing Magazine, but it seems to have moved beyond a contest and become a collection of some pretty cool stories. If you are curious to read more about the trip, the Climbing Magazine article should hit the shelves shortly. Thanks again.

Category:general -- posted at: 5:52 PM

The Summer break is coming up in August and I will be out gathering stories. We’ve got some cool stories already planned for next fall, but there were a couple of ideas I wanted to work on and I’m hoping to get people’s input.  So if you’ve got an idea or a story that fits within these concepts, let me know by dropping us an email.  The Dirtbag Diaries is driven by listener input. Your thoughts matter.

1. Partners – I’m hoping to compile a story about partnerships.  We rely on our closest friends and our significant others to motivate for adventures and endure epics.  Those shared experiences can result in some funny and serious moments. If you’ve got a story about a favorite climbing partner or a story you’ve heard, it would be great to here about them.

2. The Economy – I’m curious. How has the economic downturn impacted the Dirtbag Nation?  In difficult economic times have the mountains and rivers become more important or something that you can’t afford. For most of us, wilderness has always provided us a viewpoint on which to reflect on our lives. The natural world can provide important perspective on life in the flatlands.  Has the economy impacted you directly?  Let me know. I know we are all looking for escape, but sometimes it’s worth covering important topics from our perspective. After all, who else out there is going to do it?

Category:general -- posted at: 5:12 PM

Megan Sturdy first wrote me about a year ago. She had two distinct and seemingly incongruent passions – climbing and curing cancer. In Sturdy’s mind, there was no reason that her dual passions had to conflict. I invited her to participate in 2009’s Year of Big Ideas.

A PhD student in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Sturdy has figured out how to harness the energy of our community to further her lab’s research into Cyanobacteria’s potential role in curing cancer. Sturdy created a system for climbers to help collect water samples from high alpine lakes in order to test chemically unique strains of Cyanobacteria. Now, she has targeted the remote and isolated island of Samoa and its alpine lakes for her next collecting trip. The trip will require grants, a little dirtbag ingenuity and a good-old-fashioned climber’s gathering.

On Saturday June 6th, Sturdy, with the help of Muir Valley owners the Webers (Rick Weber is in the midst of his own struggle with cancer), will hold a climbing scavenger hunt and fundraiser. Teams of two will start climbing. At the top of each route, competitors will find clues that will lead them towards their next route.  “I want to throw the angst, fear and competition dread out the window,” Sturdy wrote. “This is about climbing camaraderie.”

There will be prizes, BBQ and events to keep the little ones busy. So if the Red River Gorge is in your neck of the woods, check it out. It’s events like these that make our community so special.  The dirtbag you’re tied to might be curing cancer when she’s not cragging.

When: Saturday, June 6th
What: A scavenger hunt to raise money for cancer research.
Suggested Donation: $20

For more information, links and directions to the event visit Climbing for Cancer Research.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:48 PM

The Chill Program is a non-profit, learn-to-ride program for under-served youth in urban areas across the U.S. In short, it's a kick-ass program started by Jake and Donna Burton of Burton Snowboards fame that gets 2,200 youth who have never ridden before and probably wouldn't have the opportunity to do so other wise out on the slopes. It's not some photo-op program either.  The Chill people do it right. This isn't just a chance to try snowboarding; it's a chance to learn. The program last six weeks. Participants receive lift tickets, rentals, transport to the mountain, lessons and most of all a pretty unforgettable time. 

I've been involved as a volunteer for Chill for about three seasons now, and am always blown away by the impact it can have (You might remember this Story). Snowboarding isn't going to solve the world's ills, but this program can have a pretty powerful influence on some (certainly not all) of it's participants.  Most of all...it's a frickin blast to volunteer.  Check out their site for locations. I'd highly recommend it for people looking to get involved in their communities.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:54 PM

International Rivers emailed last night.  The construction of dams in the Rio Baker watershed is underway. Despite not having formal approval to begin the project, HidroAysen has built a workers encampment, started blasting and building tunnels. 

Please, if our latest episode, the Adventurer's Parable rang true, please take a moment to help. Here is some more information from International Rivers:

....express your outrage at HidroAysén's flagrant disrespect of corporate environmental responsibility by taking part in our ongoing on line actions with Home Depot and ENEL. Home Depot is our US target, and we are insisting that they take a stand on this issue (Dam Home Depot Not Patagonia) by refusing to purchase wood from the Matte Group, the main Chilean partner in the Patagonia dam proposals. Our latest internet action is focused on ENEL, the Italian energy multinational that controls more than 90 percent of ENDESA. For those of you who have already written to these companies, now is the time to get more friends involved to tell Home Depot and ENEL to protect Patagonia!

Thanks for your time.
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35 PM

I've gotten a bunch of emails pointing out I had overlooked something. In Mr. Smart Goes Big (Year of Big Ideas 2009), two of the contributors have really cool projects in the works.

Megan Sturdy is a climber and scientist working at the University of Illinois Chicago. She has figured out a way to incorporate here two seemingly incongruent passions -- cancer research and climbing -- into a singular project. Last year, Sturdy launched Climbing for Cancer Research. Her mission is two-fold. First, Sturdy is hoping to travel to Samoa where she can employ her climbing skills to reach lakes containing rare strains of cyanobacteria, which she uses in her research (I'd explain but it's above my pay grade). Second, she wants to get climbers involved in the collection process. Check out what you can do to help. Sounds kind of fun.

Also Shane Robinson of Episode 15 fame is taking part in The Kamchatka Project. A team of ripping boaters who also happen to be scientists, photographers, filmmakers and marketing types hope to shed light on the world's richest wild salmon spawning grounds deep inside Kamchatka Peninsula. Kayaks will be the vehicle. Conservation is the mission.
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55 PM

We look for stories with a conversational/campfire style, that both describe an experience and give a sense of the person. Essays need to "show not tell," and shouldn't be blow-by-blow trip reports. We like strong images that help give the listener a sense of place, like they are seeing what you saw (e.g. instead of "the lake was beautiful," describe attributes of the lake). We prefer more detailed descriptions of a few moments that feed into the larger narrative as opposed to a recount of every moment. This format allows us to skip over details that do not relate to the overall theme of the essay. And we really want some ending "moral" or statement about the essay theme. Sort of like, you've written this piece about your different experiences and thoughts on the outdoors/outdoor sports, now what do you want to say with it? Or how did the experience change your perspective? What do you understand now about your character "back then?” It's your chance to be on the soapbox. Ideal length is 1000-1600 words. 

Here’s one great example: 

"The Great White Book" takes a single experience and traces how it reverberated through the author’s life for many years.  

And Ira Glass talks about the building blocks of storytelling: the anecdote + the reflection.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Finally, we’ve got a special treat for you – The Crusade Enhanced. Photos by Jason Hummel, Sky Sjue and Ben Manfredi. Video by Phil Fortier.  There are some sweet shots from over a decade of Cascade steep skiing. Skiing these peaks is a feat in itself – stopping to take the photos is another epic task in itself.

The file is big, so you’re going to need a fast connection and a little patience. I won’t bore you with the details, but our first foray into video and photos was interesting. Walker did a great job producing. Hope you all enjoy. Thanks for the patience.




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Category:general -- posted at: 1:44 AM

Great friendships often begin in the most average ways. Sometimes just a simple introduction during an after work climbing session can lead to a lifelong friendship. 

Since that first handshake, Anya Miller has become a collaborator, a climbing and ski partner and precious friend to both Becca and me.  She’s continually made my text look better with her unique illustrations and even helped drag me out of the Joshua Tree backcountry after I busted my ankle. I’ve watched her grow as both an artist and athlete. Now, I’m excited to have her join the Dirtbag family. 
 
“All These Things" provided the perfect opportunity for Anya to design for us. Becca’s old sledding hill is less than a mile walk from Anya’s home. An architect by training and a designer at heart, she gathered together old photos of Becca and integrated them into the design.  In the last year, Anya launched her own design company, Mindful Creative, and quickly followed it up by starting a subsidiary greeting card company, Ewe Me Us, which features eight different designs. If you like what you see, you can reach her through Mindful Creative.


Category:general -- posted at: 5:09 PM