Fri, 31 May 2013
Our second installment from the third annual Live from 5Point in April at the 5Point Film Festival. If you missed the last episode, we talked with snowboarder Kevin Pearce and skier Chris Davenport. Today, we present stories from James Walsh and Kyle Dempster. James has focused his camera lens on the biking culture within African. But the creative process can be a frustrating journey where you have to be doggedly determined to succeed. Today, James talks about the odyssey of being a filmmaker.
Kyle's path as an alpinist is firmly rooted in first ascents around the world and a good humor. He's won the Piolet d'Or twice. And in 2012, he traded in a climbing partner for a bike as he journeyed through Krygystan in search of more first ascents. Today, Kyle talks about the origins for his trip, how it evolved, and how his dad helped an alpinist take a bike trip.
Mon, 29 October 2012
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
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Wed, 21 March 2012
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.
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:46 PM
Wed, 29 February 2012
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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00 AM
Wed, 13 April 2011
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
Thu, 25 June 2009
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
Tue, 5 May 2009
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
Thu, 26 March 2009
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.
Matt & Kim
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:54 PM
Tue, 24 March 2009
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
Fri, 6 February 2009
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
Wed, 2 July 2008
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.
Or Click here for the smaller version and pop-up player and continue your journey through the Google Machine.
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44 AM
Sat, 8 March 2008
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.
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09 PM
Thu, 6 March 2008
As some of you may know, Walker Cahall handles most of the design work here at the Dirtbag Diaries, and as the name suggests, he is my brother – seven years my junior. Now, all the older brothers out there know that complimenting a younger sibling is a risky and delicate business. Their heads may balloon with pride before eventually imploding like a dying galaxy. When Walker began destroying me in video games, I was forced to retire in order to save him from himself. I may have to do the same with mountain biking if Walker keeps pedaling hard. It's just my little way of upholding the big brother status quo.
Right now though, I’m going to put two decades worth of strategic dead arms and psychological warfare on the line and say it – little brother went big.
While he works as a graphic designer and technical illustrator, Walker is first and foremost an artist with a strong environmental component to his work. His work -- especially his prints and experimental digital pieces – are awesome. The concepts so clever. Conflict of interest you say? As I clearly explained above, complimenting is not in my best interest, and I’m not the only one who thinks this 23-year-old’s work has merit. In 1996 at the age of 10, Walker had his first gallery show. That same year, Art News ran a full-page article on the young prodigy. This week, Portland-based clothing company Nau has featured Walker’s series on sustainable energy on their web site. Completed two years, the series took months to create. I’d post it here, but I have to send you to Nau’s site – the Collective.
P.S. For those big brothers out there, relax. According to this NY Times article, we will always remain atop the dog pile, so have a little sympathy. I send this link to Walker at least once a week, so that he doesn't beat himself up too badly.
P.P.S. The next episode will be out shortly.
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46 PM
Thu, 21 February 2008
The photo-enhanced version of Datos Insuficientes is up and running. The Range Life’s Andrew Oberhardt and Todd Gilman milked their hard drives to come up with a set of images to fit with Shane’s words. It’s the only way to get a sense of scale. El Rio Apurimac, which roughly translates into divine oracle, is massive. Look for the details. Check out the high water mark on the canyon walls. It may take five to ten seconds to load.
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If you liked what you see here, you should definitely check out this short movie on Shane Robinson’s Abysmo trip. Along with some epic whitewater, the short features what must be one of the world’s most burly truck rides. Also check out the Vacation to Hell -- it's definitely one of the more creative expedition ideas out there.
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12 PM
Sat, 29 September 2007
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:48 PM