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Rock climbing, skiing and outdoors writer Fitz Cahall delivers stories and thoughts from the mountain world in this biweekly podcast. Whether you're a weekend warrior or currently living out of the back of your truck you'll enjoy these sordid, unfiltered tales of bigwall free climbing, monoboarding landlords and monkey-wrenching idealists.

Rock climbing, skiing and outdoors writer Fitz Cahall delivers stories and thoughts from the mountain world in this biweekly podcast. Whether you're a weekend warrior or currently living out of the back of your truck you'll enjoy these sordid, unfiltered tales of bigwall free climbing, monoboarding landlords and monkey-wrenching idealists.
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Seattle, WA

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Rock climbing, skiing and outdoors writer Fitz Cahall delivers stories and thoughts from the mountain world in this biweekly podcast. Whether you're a weekend warrior or currently living out of the back of your truck you'll enjoy these sordid, unfiltered tales of bigwall free climbing, monoboarding landlords and monkey-wrenching idealists.

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Episodes

The Shorts-- Better Than Good Enough

6/22/2018
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"It was a life that was narrow in its margins and seemingly under my control," remembers John Gray. "It wasn't exactly exciting or fulfilling, but I decided it was good enough for me." After a breakup and a drinking habit sent him in a downward spiral, John decided that he needed something radical to shake him out of his "life avoidance stupor." He signed up for a semester-long Outward Bound course that would take him from the Appalachians to the Everglades to Costa Rica-- and change his...

Duration:00:13:21

The Elephant in the Boat - Part I

6/8/2018
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“The definition of kidnapping is moving someone from one point to another point against their will, and that’s exactly what had happened to us,” says Ben Stookesberry. “But, to me, the most noteworthy part of the day was that, for the first time in the entire trip, we were actually all working together as a team and we were all spending an entire day together.” Ben and Chris are the expedition kayakers. The two of them have what is perhaps the longest running, most successful partnership...

Duration:01:00:57

Introducing Safety Third: Channel Risk Into Reward

6/4/2018
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Today, we bring you the first episode of Duct Tape Then Beer's new show, "Safety Third." Big wall climber and former wingsuit flyer Chris McNamara believes risky outdoor pursuits are essential. But, what happens when something vital has the potential to kill you? You find different ways to take risks.

Duration:00:36:22

The Shorts--Spirit B

5/25/2018
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“In the early stages of my pregnancy, I was intrigued and ready for the changes that would take place,” says Chelsey Magness. “As an athlete, I expected body image and performance challenges. I expected exhaustion. I expected attachment issues to my newborn twins. I never expected what was actually to come.” Chelsey and her husband Jason have built unique lives as professional adventure racers and partner acrobatics and slacklining instructors--among other things. When unimaginable...

Duration:00:20:07

Mission Sorta Possible

5/23/2018
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More fun than a powder day. Riskier than leaping from a mountain. Weirder than a week on the playa. Paddy O'Connell and Elizabeth 'Rage Kitty' Nakano take you on a wild traverse of the ideas that define the outdoor community and the stories behind them. No topic is taboo. Welcome to Safety Third-- Ideas forged from adventure. Subscribe on iTunes.

Duration:00:03:53

Flyathlon

5/11/2018
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There are a lot of serious problems in this world, but the solutions don’t always have to be serious. Fly-fisherman and trail-runner Andrew Todd channeled his concern for Colorado’s native trout and the watersheds that support them into the creation of a joyful, irreverent, event: The Flyathlon. The rules: Run 10-miles Catch a fishDon’t be a jack-donkeyNo fish in your Camelbak that you brought from somewhere else. Today, we join producer Cordelia Zars--and a group of Flyathletes--on...

Duration:00:25:22

The Shorts--The Amazement Meter

4/27/2018
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Chronic depression and the deaths of a few close friends launched Tyler Dunning on a mission to visit all of the National Parks--to get his head and his heart straight. He figured out how to support himself by writing for outdoor publications and coordinated logistics to make his way to 53 parks over the course of 8-years. Tyler was on a mission. Until, part way through his project, he lost interest. “A pang of fear overtook me,” says Tyler, “I’d built an identity around this. I’d turned...

Duration:00:18:17

Venture Out

4/13/2018
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"I was working this corporate job, and, every day, I looked out the window and thought, 'Man, those mountains are so beautiful, I wish I was out there'," remembers Perry Cohen. Growing up, Perry was an outdoorsy kid--hiking and cross-country skiing in rural New Hampshire. He was thrilled when, as a teenager, he got to sign up for an Outward Bound course. But the experience left him disappointed. For the first time, he didn't click with the group. Perry reconnected strongly to the...

Duration:00:27:26

The Shorts--Unlearning Adventure Sports

3/23/2018
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“I’m learning how to listen to that subconscious voice of caution,” says Carmen Kuntz. “Where I used to feed on the feeling of adrenaline and risk, I now have to avoid risk completely. After a mild traumatic brain injury it’s simple: I’m not allowed to hit my head ever again.” When an overexcited friend tackled Carmen at a bar and thwacked her head hard on the wooden floor, Carmen had just started to break into the world of competitive, freestyle whitewater kayaking. That moment changed...

Duration:00:17:46

Escape From Beacon Rock

3/9/2018
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"For me, it was a way to stay connected--literally: tied to my free-range daughter by a length of 10-millimeter climbing rope, and connected to my own dream of being an adventurer," says David Altschul. "And that was how I found myself, a few days later, on a ledge, high above the Columbia River, in the dark." For the past decade, David has told the story of the infamous "Escape from Beacon Rock"--a failed attempt to climb a basalt monolith with his daughter, our producer, Jen. At age 72,...

Duration:00:32:18

The Shorts--Aloha Life

2/23/2018
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"Here I was, a professional wilderness instructor with no food or water, a sopping wet tent and wetter sleeping bag, no way to banish the chills or signal that I needed help," says Emma Walker. "For the first time in my career, I began to think I might need a rescue." Emma's husband Bix has also worked for years as an outdoor guide and educator. So, when the two of them set out on an overnight backpacking trip to a beach on Hawaii's big island, they were unconcerned--maybe a little too...

Duration:00:16:27

The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering

2/9/2018
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"The notion that there's one dream that we're all after and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy," says Forest McBrian. "Everyone's dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then we're all just trying to do what's pushed by the media. So, yeah, this trip felt like an act of rebellion. Like, 'This is what we think is cool. We're going to do what we think is cool'." In May of 2017, Forest and his...

Duration:00:37:21

Endangered Spaces--Prince of Wales

1/26/2018
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"It's like being caught in a spiderweb. You'll find yourself pushing with every part of your body, and no part of your body will be able to move. You're totally trapped by--held by plants," says Elsa Sebastian, describing what it's like to bushwhack through a 25-year old clear cut in Southeast Alaska. It's something the lady fisherman did a lot of this past summer in an effort to defend the remaining old growth on her home island, Prince of Wales. In January of 2017, Alaska Representative...

Duration:00:49:14

The Year of Big Ideas 2018

1/12/2018
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"I think the jack of all trades gets a bum rap. The jack is the master of none, but I think the jack probably has a lot of fun," says Fitz Cahall. This year, we open our annual Year of Big Ideas with an ode to "mediocrity" from Fitz, then turn, as always, to our community for inspiration for the coming year. Happy 2018!

Duration:00:24:22

Growing Down

12/22/2017
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"I've watched my friends and peers hopscotch across the world," says Fitz Cahall. "Some of them have reached the top of their craft, authored ridiculous lines up mountains, followed rivers into wrinkles of the deepest canyons, found the edge of human endurance. "If I look back on the last ten years, I'm often surprised that I didn't end up on their trajectory. Something inside, quiet and steady, called me in a different direction--one that I struggled against, at first." How you grow...

Duration:00:16:05

The Shorts--Zarsian Adventures

12/8/2017
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"My dad started whistling. That was the first bad sign," Cordelia Zars remembers. "Then walking around the cabin and straightening things. The second. When he tromped up the ladder, rummaged around in the loft, and hollered down at me, 'Oh say, Cord...'? I knew it was over. some ridiculous idea had sprouted in his brain; negotiation was futile, all hope of rationality lost." In this particular instance, the idea involved strapping on cross country skis and dragging a ninety pound keyboard...

Duration:00:18:23

The Shorts--T-Day

11/23/2017
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There's a light-hearted joy in orphan holidays. Thanksgiving in Indian Creek or slaying powder for Christmas may sound like more fun than going 'home' for holidays fraught with family dynamics. At least it felt that way for Katie Wallace. "Thanksgiving had always been a tough holiday for me," says Katie. "It meant days of pre-cleaning, followed by a day of wearing scratchy sweaters and enduring endless hour adultness. Hemmed in by tradition, social convention, and trying hard to be nice,...

Duration:00:12:43

Over the Line

11/7/2017
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"It's like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning," says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of a bizarre, crazy race called the Race to Alaska. The course traces 750-miles of Alaska's Inside Passage through complicated currents and tides, busy shipping channels and bear-ridden coastlines from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. In June. The most unpredictable month of the year for weather. There are two rules: no support and no motors. First place wins $10,000. Second place gets a set of...

Duration:00:31:49

Tales of Terror Vol. 8

10/26/2017
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For our eighth annual Tales of Terror episode, we have not three, but five stories that span the range of things to fear--from angry men with shotguns, to bears and mountain lions, to things that really don't have any explanation in the world of science. First, we visit an abandoned Pennsylvania town with Joe Shearer. Then, we'll wander the overgrown Forest Service roads of the Sierras with Drew Villeneuve, join Maria DeBari on a spooky descent from Washington state's Mt. Stuart,...

Duration:00:41:25

The Shorts--Yard Sale

10/12/2017
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"On a typical day, I taught farmers how to snowplow and chased foreign exchange students through the parking lot as they careened toward diesel pickup trucks," Tyler Neese remembers from his winters in college at an Iowa ski hill. "While skiing is never a bad way to earn a back, at the the end of the day, I found myself dreaming of powder days and places where Carhartt overalls were not standard ski attire." So when Tyler and four friends loaded up the truck for a spring break ski...

Duration:00:12:27