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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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English


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Endangered Spaces--Boundary Waters

9/22/2017
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Raising awareness. It seems like every day, someone embarks on a new project to 'raise awareness' about a particular issue, cause, disease, endangered species or threatened public land. But what separates the projects that cut through the noise and the ones that get drowned out in the static of issues competing for our attention? For our third Endangered Spaces episode, we travel to Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to follow Dave and Amy Freeman on "Paddle to D.C."...

Duration: 00:39:29


The Shorts--Thirst

9/8/2017
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"If you're thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated. That's what they say. Those perfect people who always have a clean, happily-colored, reusable adult sippy bottle on hand," says Anya Miller. "Most often, I only realize that I'm thirty when someone offers me a drink. My friend Jesse Bushey brought up climbing El Cap. I didn't even know I wanted to--until he suggested it." Duct Tape Then Beer's Director of Brand and Creative Strategy extraordinaire shares the story of her first big...

Duration: 00:15:54


Winnebago Warriors

8/25/2017
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"When we were living in a house, we were always compromising because we had the weight of a mortgage, of doing what we thought we should be doing," remembers Kathy Holcombe. Until, the day she, her husband, Peter, and their daughter Abby moved into a Winnebago to travel and work from the road. "I want her to see that she can do that too: whatever her wildest dreams are, to chase them and not stop until they come true," says Kathy. Abby's dream? To kayak the 280-miles of the classic Grand...

Duration: 00:37:11


The Shorts--Double Vision

8/11/2017
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"I looked like some mountain man's girlfriend, and sometimes, that's all I felt like," remembers Andrea Ross. "It was easy to hide in Darren's shadow--to let the world knock on his door first." But after an accident on Mt. Humphreys forced Andrea to draw on her EMT training and courage to coordinate a rescue, she reached a turning point in her relationship and the way she imagined her life. You can find more of Andrea's writing on her blog.

Duration: 00:17:52


081

7/28/2017
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"Picture walking through a parking lot with a ski mask rolled up on your head and a pistol in your pocket. You're getting closer to the bank, your heart's beating faster, adrenaline's starting to rush through your head, and you can't believe you're about to do what you're about to do," says Roland Thompson. "When you're climbing a route you've never done before, it's a grade or two above what you're comfortable with, you're a few feet above that bolt you've got a dynamic move coming...

Duration: 00:36:04


Endangered Spaces--Katahdin Woods and Waters

7/7/2017
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"The reason that I was able to do it is because I was incredibly naive," says Lucas St. Clair. "I had no idea how much work it was going to be, when I started. Not a clue." The thing Lucas did: work to establish Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in the North Woods of Maine. We started this "Endangered Spaces" series for two reasons. First, we want to take a deeper look at a handful of important, active land battles. Second, and every bit as important, we want to follow the...

Duration: 00:37:58


The Shorts--Exit Strategy

6/23/2017
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"Three days from the end of the trip, I started to panic," writes Emma Walker. "I still didn't know what to do with my summer, let alone the rest of my life. Inspiration, as I'd imagined it, hadn't struck. Now, I had to face the realization that I didn't have an exit strategy. This had been it, and it would inevitably end." The summer after her first year of graduate school, Emma enrolled in an Alaska Pacific University Expedition Mountaineering course. She told her family she signed up...

Duration: 00:17:41


Pedal Strokes and Perspective

6/9/2017
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"As a brown woman, I stand out," says Mary Ann Thomas. "People came up to me just because they were curious, just because they were like, 'There aren't a lot of strangers here, we're just interested in who you are as a person-- as a whole person.'" Mary Ann is the daughter of Indian immigrants, she's queer and she had always lived in the liberal bubble of big cities on the East Coast. When she embarked on a six-month, 6600-mile bike tour across the country, she worried most about the...

Duration: 00:25:49


Picaflor

5/26/2017
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When a bad breakup sent him spiraling into a deep depression, Tom Ireson fixated on an unconventional way to get his head straight: "I really needed something to focus my mind on to pull me out of that," Tom says, "and about the biggest thing I could think of was to try and do a new route on a big wall." Not just any big wall, a big wall on the other side of the world in the remote and wild valley of Cochamo, Chile. When he latched on to the idea, Tom had never been to Cochamo and never...

Duration: 00:32:07


The Shorts--Let Joy Rule Your Life

5/12/2017
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"I used to go climbing in the same way people would go to a well, a source of life equally routine and sacred. It would fill me up--leave me refreshed and full after a hard day in the mountains," writes Keith Erps. "After Ryan's death, climbing appeared dark and ugly. I wanted to love it, but had to find a new answer to the 'why' questions." For many of us, the relationship we have with the outdoors stretches back longer than most of our friendships. But what do we do when what should...

Duration: 00:14:42


The Bet

4/28/2017
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Matt Muchna and Peter Journel are best friends, and complete opposites. Matt is spontaneous. Peter is a planner. Matt is an idealist, Peter in a realist. And a few years ago, they made a bet: Peter bet that Matt couldn't climb one of the highest continental peaks for less than $3,000. If he did, Peter would pay him back for the trip. "When I made this bet, I had maybe two or three pairs of cut off pants that were now shorts--or jorts--a pair of sandals, and maybe six or seven pretty nice...

Duration: 00:24:01


The Shorts--Catching Hope

4/14/2017
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"Every day on the mountain and every night at the bar, drinking and partying was as much a part of my life as skiing," remembers Paddy O'Connell. "That is until, of course, they became the only part." We've heard the stories of addicts who found salvation in the outdoors and the outdoor community, but that's not the way the narrative arcs for everyone. For Paddy, recovery looked less like slashing pow turns with his ski-bum buddies, and more like a game of catch with his dad on the back...

Duration: 00:15:57


Bears Ears

3/24/2017
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Josh Ewing's metamorphosis from climber to climber-activist and the battle to protect Bears Ears.

Duration: 00:30:03


The Fear is Real

3/10/2017
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Loosely speaking, there are two kinds of fear. There's the fear of external, objective hazards--like getting caught in an avalanche, or taking a bad fall climbing or getting mauled by a grizzly bear. Then, there's the internal, more slippery kind of fear, like the fear of not being pretty enough, or not being popular enough or not being perfect enough. When Kat Cannell embarked on a 350-mile, solo horse-packing trip through the mountains of Idaho and Montana, across snowy mountain passes...

Duration: 00:30:07


Leaving the Races Behind

2/24/2017
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If you travel down to Ushuaia, Argentina, you might just find a bus plastered with a massive photograph of Sam Evans-Brown. In that photo, he's sprinting, shoulder to shoulder, with Olympic cross-country ski-racer Martin Bianchi in the final stretch of the 2008 national ski championship of Argentina. Today, Sam brings us the backstory to that photograph--a story about a split-second act of kindness that altered the course of Martin's life, and about figuring out when it's time to leave...

Duration: 00:25:06


The Shorts--The Chute

2/10/2017
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"'Oh, shoot', my dad muttered for the tenth or fifteenth time in the last five minutes. Then, he burst into exhausted chuckles," remembers Deron Daugherty. "I looked up the chute that we were trying to march out of: thirty degrees of slop, several hundred feet to go. 'Shoot', I agreed, and laughed, the dark laugh of those initiated to the secrets of redlined exertion. Type 2 fun before I knew its name. When Deron's uncle coerced him and his father on a trip to Vasey's Paradise, an oasis...

Duration: 00:13:16


The Year of Big Ideas 2017

1/27/2017
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No matter who they voted for, right now, a lot of people in this country would agree that things could be better. In the long term, if want thing to go well or if we want to move forward or to grow, then two, almost evenly divided, sides of the country can't remain at intellectual war. So, this year, we bring you our annual Year of Big Ideas, but with a twist. With the current state of our country, asking people about their personal goals to get rad outside didn't quite feel right....

Duration: 00:21:56


The Shorts--Vanlife

1/13/2017
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"I have now officially sold out," writes Chris Kalman. "I work more than I climb. I pay rent and sleep in a house I'm getting rich off of writing--so rich, in fact, that I do my grocery shopping inside the store now." Today, we bring you the story of Chris's life through the eras of three vans, "Ford," "Chevy" and "Van," to his current, nameless fancypants car. How do you reconcile a dirtbag soul with changing goals and dreams? You can find more of Chris's writing at FringesFolly.com

Duration: 00:13:23


To Infinity

12/23/2016
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Chad Kellogg. September 22nd, 1971 to February 14th, 2014. Seattle climbing community legend. Dear friend to many. And the toughest guy around. "For Chad, not eating and shivering on ledges--that was like skiing powder for him. It was just that fun," remembers Jens Holsten. Today, we take a look at what gets left behind when someone like Chad leaves us, and what grows in that vacant space. In part one, we hear from Jens, Chad's climbing partner, good friend and mentee during the final...

Duration: 00:39:58


The Shorts--The Skin Track

12/9/2016
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With a professional ski guide for a dad and a skin instructor for a mom, Nina Hance learned early how to set a steep skin track and charge hard. At 20, she started to work toward her ski guide certification and got a job as an apprentice guide for a heli operation in Alaska. Imagine her delight when, her first week of college, she met Olivia, climber skier and aspiring avalanche forecaster: the ultimate female adventure companion. "She taught me how to party hard, and I made her wake up...

Duration: 00:12:49

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