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    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.

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    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.]

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    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.

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    (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

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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.

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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

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    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.

    Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts - Sitting in Silence

    DDshorts A beautiful story for your weekend from Patagonia editor, Mike Colpo, as introduced by Dirtbag Diaries host, Fitz Cahall.

    Mike Colpo went to guide school in search of a different life. His rugged instructor, Cody, taught him the basics of guiding climbers, but also pushed Mike and the other students towards something bigger. After spending many years in the outdoors, Cody had a wisdom beyond guiding that he wanted to convey to the young climbers. He spoke of the wilderness within, and encouraged the young guides to explore this frontier. What did it mean? Some bits of wisdom we accept easily, and others take years to truly understand. Mike found himself facing a fear greater than physical risk.

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    You can download the music from Sitting in Silence over at dirtbagdiaries.com, including Abigail Washburn's beautiful song "Chains" from her album City of Refuge. Abigail has also generously donated a song to the newly formed Patagonia Music Collective (more on this next week).

    Dirtbag Diaries: What Is Hardcore?

    045_what_is_hard_core Bust out the headphones, Fitz Cahall just released a brand new episode of The Dirtbag Diaries.

    Our sports have long heralded rating systems that let us know just how we're doing. We may bicker over their ratings, but we return to them again and again. They help us set goals, and push ourselves harder. But what happens when we go beyond the limits of these systems? How do you measure fatigue, thirst and mental resilience? When these elements merge together, we begin to enter the mythical realm of hardcore. Today, Brendan Leonard dives in with some simple ideas on who and what are hardcore. How do you measure up?

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    Visit dirtbagdiaries.com to hear the music from "What is Hardcore?" 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.

    Dirtbag Diaires: Buckle Down - The Year of Big Ideas 2011

    Year_of_big_ideas_2011What are your goals for 2011? If you're still looking for ideas, today's Dirtbag Diaries has more than a few from listeners like you.

    James Q Martin has an incredible, carefree life. For the last, five years he's traveled the world, often to warm locales to photograph beautiful athletes in stunning places. It would be hard to let go of that kind of job, but two years ago, James stumbled upon a blog post about the impending damning of the Rio Baker in Chile's Asan region. It set off a powerful reaction. A decade earlier, James had traveled through the Asan region, and the great wilderness left a lasting impression. Now, with the massive hydro-electric project impending, James came up with an idea. What if you took a naturalist, a writer, a photographer, a filmmaker and a conservationist on a source to sea descent to document the last days of a wild river? Could that act even help save? In 2010, James launched Rios Libres and made his dream happen. Completing his dream, would mean giving up the perfect lifestyle. With that, we present our 2011 Year of Big Ideas show. Professional athletes, passionate weekend warriors and Dirtbag Diaries contributors come together to present what they are working on in the coming year. Get inspired and then buckle down.

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    Take_action_large If you too believe the Rio Baker should remain a free-flowing river, add your voice to the Keep Patagonia Wild! petition from Rios Libres. For stories and video logs from their trip down the Rio Baker, and a look at the trailer for Power in the Pristine, check out our blog series from Rios Libres. Power in the Pristine will be screening at this weekend's Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California.

    Also, check out Cleanest Line reader Caleb Simpson's new energy bar company Adventure Naturals on Kickstarter. With a small donation you can help him reach his goal, and help create a new 100% organic, raw, vegan energy bar to fuel your body.

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

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