The campfire tale—it’s ubiquitous in mountain culture. As long as we’ve climbed, skied, boated or traveled, we’ve been telling stories. In March of 2007, Fitz launched The Dirtbag Diaries, a grassroots podcast dedicated to the sometimes serious, often humorous stories from wild places. What began as a solitary experiment has evolved into collaboration between writers, photographers, artists and listeners to produce the type of stories that rarely find homes in the glossy pages of magazines.
With over 200 episodes, The Dirtbag Diaries has developed a passionate listener base, cultivated relationships with outdoor sports’ online hubs, and turned listeners into writers as part of an ongoing media experiment. Outside Magazine named it the best podcast. We’ve celebrated 10 years and the show has been downloaded over 9 million times—numbers we never dreamed of when we first hit “publish.”
The Dirtbag Diaries has found its niche. We love working on it. Have a listen.
Duct Tape then Beer
1314 NE 43rd Street, Suite 212
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547 1715
Who We Are:
In 2007, I was a struggling outdoor writer about to give up on my dream. I’d spent the previous seven years of my life living out of cars, chasing stories and immersed in my community of climbers, skiers, wanderers and dreamers. The stories I cared the most about never sold and work was getting more sporadic. It was part forward thinking and part last ditch effort, but I decided to start an online radio show dedicated to adventure and the people who call it a lifestyle. Within three weeks, I’d reached more people than I had in all my print writing combined. I realized technology had given me a second chance as a storyteller. Eight years later, The Dirtbag Diaries has a loyal following that continues to grow. My passion has grown to encompass filmmaking, community storytelling and social media. The West’s mountains, deserts and forests are my office. My goal is to nurture, strengthen and empower connections with the natural world. Simply put, I want people to shut their laptops and turn off their iPhones and go live the life they daydream about.
Detail lover? Yep. Invoice sender? Check. Brainstorm partner? Why certainly. Ready to get outside? Hell yeah!
As a producer and managing editor, I keep the gears greased and i’s dotted behind the scenes at The Dirtbag Diaries and Duct Tape Then Beer. After nine years counting songbirds seasonally throughout the West, Fitz and I decided to take this adventure together. It turns out organization, pragmatism and calmness are as important to the creative process as they are in academic research.
Oh, and my cherished red pen for editing is never far from reach.
After five years as a dirtbag climber and a ski-patroller, I hugged my mountain family goodbye. I moved to the most densely populated neighborhood on the West Coast and enrolled in the University of Washington’s creative writing program. As I got up from the last coffee date of summer break to drive back to Seattle, my friend stopped me on my way out the door. She told me I should check out this podcast.
Three months later, I showed up on the Cahall’s doorstep and talked Fitz into let me intern for podcast. That was 2012. I’m still here.
Listening to The Diaries as I drove up I-5, or folded my laundry, or rode the bus to school—they took me out of the city for a moment. They reminded me why I moved to begin with: I want to help tell stories that do that for someone else.
A practicing artist since he could hold a crayon, Walker is a designer and print maker intent on fostering change in the world. After earning his BFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007, he is happy to call Portland home. When he’s not at his studio, Magnetic North, teaching young artisits or creating artwork for The Dirtbag Diaries, he draws inspiration from robots, national parks, fractals, riding bikes and woodblock printing. And yes, we call him brother.