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    Dirtbag Diaries: Transitions - Efficiency Manifesto

    Dbd_transitionsParents new and old will be especially touched by this episode of The Dirtbag Diaries. Show host Fitz Cahall sets the stage:

    No one skins uphill to put together a splitboard efficiently. They do it to shred down. Making a transition at a belay is part of the process, not the main event. Transitions may not be sexy, but they make or break us. They are the difference between a cold night spent shivering on a ledge and walking out in perfect evening light. Almost five years after I wrote the Monoboard and started The Diaries, I find myself in a metaphorical transition. My passions run from the mountains to the Seattle music scene and I've become adept at moving between them. My life is about to change. My passions won't. It's time to refine the transition.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Transitions - Efficiency Manifesto"
    (mp3 - right-click to download)

    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com for links to download the music from "Transitions - Efficiency Manifesto" or to hear past episodes of the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with the Dirtbag Diaries community on Facebook and Twitter.

    Special shout out to Walker Cahall for this episode's clever show graphic, and to Fitz and Becca Cahall as they near delivery time.

    Dirtbag Diaries: Tales of Terror Vol. 2

    Tales_of_terror_logo_smallKelly Cordes started the Halloween festivites on Friday with his Halloween Bloodbath (?) post on Friday. Now that our favorite scary holiday has arrived, we hand the flashlight over to Fitz Cahall for his annual Tales of Terror episode on The Dirtbag Diaries.

    What frightful things get your heart racing? Ghosts? Unidentifiable sounds in the middle of the night? Or the person you might meet out in the woods? It can be difficult to separate an initial seed of fear from the growing tangle of possibility that can quickly emerge in your head, but sometimes that sprouting seed is very tangible. Today, we bring you stories from Sara Porterfield and Jeremy Allyn. They'll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. You'll try to shudder them off. But the seed- the seed will remain. And isn't that what scary stories are all about?

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Tales of Terror Vol. 2"
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    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com to hear or download the music from today's podcast. And if you happen to be visiting Patagonia HQ today, our resident fortune teller/receptionist, Joyce, is waiting to greet you. Happy Halloween!

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    [Welcome to Patagonia. I predicted your arrival last week. Photo: Free]

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    [Thanks to Patagonia Facebook fan, Michael Bellia, for sharing this photo of his killer carving skills. Photo: Michael Bellia]

    Dirtbag Diaries: The Way of the Underdog

    The_Way_of_the_dog_small_300 After a well-deserved summer break, Fitz is back with another episode of The Dirtbag Diaries.

    The Underdog is the most potent myth in America. It pervades film, pop culture, music and sports. Politicians use it to frame their campaigns. Professional sports teams use it to psyche themselves up before big games. In theory, we've always liked the long shot. Is this special type of hero just a myth or is the underdog real? Contributor Brendan Leonard thinks it's real because he's seen it in person. Jayson Sime was a small town Iowa kid from the tough part of town. He was told he wouldn't amount to much by his teachers and hazed by his peers. The greatest successes require the most difficult obstacles. From north of nowhere to a career in politics to Mount Shasta's summit, Jayson has overcome. Maybe heroes are real. To be in their presence is a powerful thing. Can you learn how to emulate the underdog by watching one?

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "The Way of the Underdog"
    (30:38 - right-click to download MP3)

    Actually, Fitz wasn't totally relaxing over the summer. He posted his annual Dirtbag's Playlist Volume 6, a special episode that highlights the music from all of last year's podcasts. He and his partner Bryan Smith also released The Season 2 video series.

    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com for links to download the music from "The Way of the Underdog" or to hear past episodes of the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with the Dirtbag Diaries community on Facebook and Twitter.

    The Dirtbag Diaries: You Are Not Alone

    You Are Not Alone half Thank you to the entire Dirtbag Diaries community for all of your support and for helping the show recently surpass one million downloads. Here's Fitz to tell you about today's new episode.

    How do you start to see the complex relationships that make up a community? The first time I sat around a climber's campfire at 19, I could sense that though our lives were superficially different with jobs and responsibilities, something greater connected those gathered around the fire. It was the first time I felt a sense of belonging. Since then, my community has grown, and encompasses just about anyone who understands dawn light and type-three fun. But getting into the spider-webbing network can be difficult even if you know it's there. Today, we present two stories from women -- one a climber and one a creator -- about the moment when the random became connected at a time when it mattered most. Gather 'round.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "You Are Not Alone"
    (30:38 - right-click to download MP3)

    Make the jump to watch the trailer for 23 Feet, Allie Bombach's film about "people who make the conscious choice to live simply in order to pursue their outdoor passions."

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    Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts - Penance

    Shorts_back_pack_half Do as I say, not as I've done. It's the central paradox of many father-son relationships. We strive to learn from our mistakes and grow throughout our lives.  We want to see our hard earned wisdom reflected to others. After road racing bicycles for seven years, and pushing his youthful limits of bravery and luck, Gary Visser settled into life in South Carolina. He discovered a new passion in the salt water marshes, raised a family, and taught his son, Garrett, to fly fish. As Garrett prepares to leave for college, Gary appreciates that letting go, much like his parents did more than 30 years ago, is harder than one might think. Happy Father's Day.

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    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com to hear the music from "Penance" or download past episodes from the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with like-minded listeners on Facebook and Twitter.

    The Dirtbag Diaries: Live from 5Point Volume 2

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    Our long-held dream of creating a live performance of The Dirtbag Diaries came true this spring at the 5Point Film Festival. We interviewed filmmakers and people who were in films and let the conversation flow as though we were sitting on the truck tailgate. If you haven't listened to the previous episode, check out the stories from Baybe Champ and Frank Smethhurst. Today we present the stories of the folks behind the camera. A surf photographer who created a viral video sensation that simultaneously radiates sadness and joy. And a young filmmaker who draws a connecting line between skiing and art. The audience has settled into their seats and the mics are on. Mickey Smith and Nick Waggoner join us on stage. Welcome to the 5Point Film Festival. --Fitz Cahall, creator/host of The Dirtbag Diaries

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Live from 5Point Volume 2"
    (41:19 - right-click to download MP3)

    Now that you've heard their stories, check out the work of Mickey and Nick. [Update 6/9/11: Embedded the videos after the jump.]

    Continue reading "The Dirtbag Diaries: Live from 5Point Volume 2" »

    Dirtbag Diaries: Live from 5Point Volume 1

    Live_from_5_point_logo_small Not long ago, Kelly Cordes gave "Five Stars for 5-Point Film Festival." Today, Fitz Cahall and The Dirtbag Diaires share a very special event from the festival.

    For years, Becca and I have wanted to create a live performance of The Dirtbag Diaries. But with little extra time and money, the idea sat, waiting for its moment. When 5Point Film Festival gurus Julie Kennedy and Beda Calhoun approached me earlier this year about creating a onstage storytelling hour at the festival, I immediately said yes. We interviewed filmmakers and people who were in films featured at 5Point and let the conversation flow as though we were sitting on the truck tailgate. Today we present two of these stories. An old soul living in a 22 year-old's body who set out to change his own life and has started a movement in his community. And an angler, who gave away a secret in order to protect a place. The audience has settled in their seats and we're set-up to record. Baybe Champ and Frank Smetherhurst join us on stage. Welcome to the 5Point Film Festival.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Live from 5Point Volume 1"
    (35:27 - right-click to download MP3)

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    [Baybe Champ and Fitz Cahall talk during the making of this episode. Steve's Guitars, Carbondale, Colorado. Photo: Rob BonDurant]

    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com for links to the films and music from "Live from 5Point Volume 1" or to download past episodes from the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with like-minded listeners on Facebook and Twitter.

    Dirtbag Diaries: Ditch Logic

    Ditch logic_logo In 2005, Gregg Bleakney was on the rise. He was crushing his job as a software executive. At 30, he owned a beautiful home complete with white picket fence in North Seattle. He had a serious girlfriend. He drove a fast car. His sofa was black Italian leather. He had all the trappings of a successful life, but Gregg also had a secret. Something he wasn't sharing with his boss, his family or friends, even his longtime girl friend. It was an idea that was about to change his life. Today, we present Ditch Logic. Evolving as a person isn't always pretty. --Fitz Cahall

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Ditch Logic"
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    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com to hear the music from "Ditch Logic" or download past episodes from the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with like-minded listeners on Facebook and Twitter.

    Fitz and his crew have been working on a couple video projects. Check out the Fringe Elements series over at National Geographic, featuring Patagonia ambassadors Colin Haley and Krissy Moehl. Then watch The Love Letter starring Fitz and his wife, Becca -- it's the video companion to "Unseen But Felt." 

    Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts - The Pee Tree

    Shorts_back_pack_half Fitz Cahall, host of The Dirtbag Diaries, tells us about today's podcast:

    How do you choose the stories to retell when you get back from a trip? Finding those perfect moments that capture your travels, the scenery and the action, can make you feel as picky as Goldilocks. What to say? Shane Robinson writes, "At first, I tried to recount every amazing detail of my travels, only to watch my unsuspecting friends' eyes gloss over in bordom." He switched to the quick hit replies, "Soooo amazing! Can't wait to go back." A little too big, a little too small. And then the memory came tumbling out, "I miss the pee tree!" The stories we share are gateways beyond the mechanics of a trip, but dig into how we appreciate spending times away from our daily routines.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Sitting in Silence"
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    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com to hear the music from "The Pee Tree" or download past episodes from the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with like-minded listeners on Facebook and Twitter.

    Fitz and his crew are also working on a couple video projects. Check out the Fringe Elements series over at National Geographic, then watch the trailer for a soon-to-be-released video called The Love Letter starring Fitz and his wife, Becca. 

    Dirtbag Diaries: Sodade

    Publish_the_quest_half_logo Our sports transcend languages. Ever seen two climbers mime the sequence to a boulder problem? Smiles between skiers on a powder day? Our passions become a vehicle to explore a world outside of our own. Jacob Bain has traveled to SE Asia, Cuba, and Africa. And though he sometimes has climbing gear, he always has a guitar. Through music, Jacob has jammed with locals, incorporating the new sounds and experiences into his music. In the summer of 2010, Johnny Fernandes invited Jacob and his band Publish the Quest to Cape Verde to partake in a musical experience as part of his goal to preserve the local music. Can a hook, a line and a new take on a traditional song overcome culture and language barriers? –Fitz Cahall

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to "Sodade"
    (right-click to download - contains expletives)

    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com to hear the music from "Sodade" or download past episodes from the podcast. You can subscribe to the show via iTunes and RSS, or connect with like-minded listeners on Facebook and Twitter.

    Btn_music_app-on And don't forget, you can listen to The Dirtbag Diaries as well as the New-Music Stream Fitz mentioned on our new Patagonia Music iPhone App.

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