This is what adventure sounds like. Climb. Ski. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Run. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and the Duct Tape Then Beer team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.
Michelle Baker and her husband John both fell in love with mountains before they fell in love with each other. As they started a family of their own, they hoped to pass down their passion for outdoor adventure and a respect for the dangers that go with it. While climbing the Grand Teton with their 12 year old son, a lightning storm soon had Michelle questioning whether she’d pushed too far.
Two mountains, one in California and one in Nevada, named after the president of the Confederate States decades ago. How can a name be changed? Producer Fil Corbitt takes us through the wonky and lengthy process involved in renaming a place.
A version of this episode first appeared on The Wind Podcast.
The Shorts -- The Dread
“The dread was there, strong and palpable. I just hoped my will was stronger,” writes Luke Hinz. After losing both his father and his brother in the month of May, Luke always had a feeling that something bad would befall him as well. When he set out to ski an ambitious line in Utah’s Wasatch Range on May 2nd, 2019, he had to face that fear in the mountains.
Flight of the Monarch
“I felt as though the Monarch Butterfly contained some special sort of wisdom that I could connect with,” says Benjamin Jordan. Inspired by the Monarch, he set out to do what no one had ever done before: recreate the migration of the Monarch Butterfly--by paraglider. Through this 5-month journey, Benjamin gained a deep respect for this fragile creature and a humble awareness of his own place in nature.
“I did the skiing thing, I did the Navajo thing, and those worlds didn’t cross,” says Len Necefer. After learning how to ski-mountaineer in the winter of 2017, Len set out on an ambitious goal: to connect the Navajo cultural traditions of the mountains he comes from with his new love-- skiing.
The Shorts -- Balancing Act
Today, Carly Rushford and Paddy O’Connell find their edge on the snowy mountain slopes. In our first double-short episode, we hear how downhill skiing has helped Carly and Paddy shape their place and purpose in the world.
Been with this one from the beginning and hope it never ends. Get kinda bummed at the end of every episode knowing it’ll be a couple weeks till the next.
Trendy, predictable, redundant
I wish there was a show about the outdoors that wasn’t pushing a agenda. I expect a show about outdoor pursuits to have environmentalist and pro public lands views, that’s great. However, this show has more then that, and it get obnoxious pretty fast. It’s for arm chair adventurers, trust fund kids and internet activists. Honestly they will probably produce a entire show someday on how to best spend your REI dividend. Lastly, They also all seem to adopt this faux dopey accent. Its a way of talking I hear from many patigucci clad outdoor enthusiasts, what the heck is the deal with that? I hope someone produces a real dirt bag podcast, about adventures who do a lot with little. Who despite obvious disadvantages still steadfastly pursue outdoor endeavors. People with real personalities. This show isn’t it.
Love the show
I’ve listened to every episode at least 3 times since 2012. I love this show. Amazing stories that are thoughtful and interesting.