Steve's typical weekend would make any dirtbag jealous. Concerts by the river, sunrise climbs, hiking a new trailhead just because. He's living his own version of the dirtbag dream; the one he wanted to achieve for so many years. Until one day, he realized the dream he chased, wasn't all that he'd imagined it to be. Could he change his dream to reflect the reality he now wanted? 


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  • My life is also like Steve's in so many ways. The life I built with my wife fell apart when she interpreted my passion for climbing to be a higher priority than her in my life. So now, I too, have unlimited freedom, no one to answer to, and I can climb whenever I want. I,too, see that it wasn't that great of a dream to begin with. And yet, when I look back at the difficult times we had that precluded the end of our marriage, I realize that her vows were not as strong as she or I believed them to be if they could be forgotten by her so easily. While Steve is right in so many ways - climbing cannot define who you are, the mountains cannot love you back, and a life lived without love is no life lived at all - I stand firm in one belief: that if my marriage, even in the absence of children (we had none), meant so little to her that she could walk away from it because of a bit of adversity, then hers was not the love that was meant to fulfill my soul.

    posted by: Brian on 2013-03-21 22:34:45

  • Thanks, Steve, for having the courage to open your heart and share this story. My husband has been insisting for days that I needed to listen. I thought it would be another depressing story about how he wants to run off on another adventure. I want to support his dreams, yet still have a husband. Your story was a gift (and his insistence that I listen to it). Thank you. Maybe I'll go back to suggesting more adventures for him, now that I know the marriage is "good."

    posted by: Alonna Shaw on 2013-02-17 00:38:04

  • Thanks for sharing your story. It has helped me realize that I have been treating climbing similarly, and placing it far ahead of my girlfriend and other priorities in my life.

    posted by: Matt on 2012-11-07 17:30:26

  • Steve, thank you. That's some serious perspective adjustment material. I appreciate you sharing something so close in order to help us all. Hang in there man and enjoy every minute you get with your little girl.

    posted by: Aaron Wood on 2012-10-28 21:22:06

  • Steve, thanks for sharing this very personal story with listeners like me. I take this as a warming of what could happen. Balance is that difficult thing we are all striving for, as we juggle so many "priorities."

    posted by: Shane on 2012-10-21 15:40:24

  • Well done short Steve. Tough lesson on loving & living to learn. All part of the adventure spirit.

    posted by: JasonDailey on 2012-10-14 11:33:33

  • Wow!!!! Very powerful story. I've unfortunately seen this happen too often, not only to dirtbags, but those consumed with other sports or extracurricular activities and pursuits. You gotta invest time in others, cause like Steve said, "the mountain can't love you back." Keep up the good work Fitz! I'm always looking forward to the next podcast.

    posted by: Stickman on 2012-10-13 00:50:14

  • Thank you Steve. A good lesson/warning to heed that I am sure was probably difficult to share.

    posted by: Wade on 2012-10-10 23:41:14

  • It's scary my life mirrors Steves in so many ways.. the mountains, a Rainer trip 4 weeks before my second daughter was born and mentally being in the mountains evevn when I was home.. and I ended up in the same place in life.. wishing I could see my kids every day. Never take what you have for granted because you will miss it when its gone!

    posted by: Brian on 2012-10-10 12:45:49

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