The Dirtbag Diaries

Imagine a This American Life dedicated to stories about the outdoors and you’d get something similar to The Dirtbag Diaries. Fitz Cahall’s podcast is one of the best on the internet. Couldn’t be more entertaining. You can now listen to his latest and greatest, “Episode 38: The Accidental Journalist” right here:

As a child, Freddie Wilkinson was fascinated by K2 and the adventure narratives from 8,000 meter peaks. It led to an incredible career as an alpinist seeking out difficult routes on obscure peaks across the globe, but his interest in climbing the trophy peaks waned. In August 2008, 11 climbers lost their lives on K2. The ensuing media frenzy was just that — a frenzy. Facts were hazy and right from the start people began making broad generalizations even though the details had yet to emerge. Something about it pissed Freddie off and stirred his curiosity. What really happened up there? Freddie started asking questions and in the process he found himself chasing an incredible story. You don’t need a journalism degree or a press pass to be a reporter. All it takes is a little New England “Can Do Spirit” and curiosity that won’t rest.


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4 Responses to The Dirtbag Diaries

  1. Geoffrey Holstad June 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    just found these the other day, so good.

  2. Christopher June 30, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    I can’t live without the dirtbag diaries. I am also a fan of “This American Life” however it can not top Fitz Cahall’s Dirt Bag Diaries for those outdoor minded people.

  3. India from Postal Gold June 30, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    Am loving the illustrations from the dirtbag! A great source for pretty much..uh..ANYTHING! Amazing guy, and amazing site. Cheers for posting!

  4. phildog July 12, 2010 at 2:44 am #

    Thanks for another great tip off jeff!

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