How to Make Your Own DIY Dirtbag Nalgene Bottle

How to Make Your Own DIY Dirtbag Nalgene Holster

This post isn’t going to contain any life-altering revelations, but enough people have remarked “Oh hey, that’s a great idea!” to me that I thought I could share it with my readers… A quick, cheap, and lighter hard-sided plastic bottle for backpacking or climbing trips. This is how to make your very own Nalgene holster out of a Gatorade bottle. …

South America Backpacking Packing List

South America Backpacking Packing List

It can be tough to know what to bring and what to leave behind when you’re setting out to travel, but that’s the beauty of the internet and blogs these days, and that’s why I put together this South America backpacking packing list with everything I brought with me… My buddy Jeff and I will be jumping on a plane …

2013 Recap of Outdoors experiences

2013 Year in Review and a Look Behind the (Blog) Scenes

Just like my 2011 and 2012 year in reviews–here’s my 2013 year in review along with a peek behind the curtains of Desk to Dirtbag. 2013 was the year I turned away from a pretty good, fairly prestigious job in Washington DC to go live in the back of my truck across the American West. To do something that most people …

Climbing movies available on netflix streaming

Mountaineering and Climbing Movies Streaming on Netflix Instant

I’ve been home for the holidays and I’ve been checking out the latest mountaineering and climbing movies available for streaming on Netflix Instant, there are a lot of familiar flicks that I’ve seen in years past, but there were a few new (to me) movies available. Below is the list of all currently available Netflix Instant movies related to climbing–but …

Banff Canada

Finding Adventure at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

*THUMP THUMP THUMP* I bolt upright and out of my sleeping bag, nearly knocking my head on the canopy roof. That feeling of slight panic and mostly confusion that occurs when you’re jarringly awoke from a deep sleep. *THUMP THUMP THUMP* “Hello?” I mumble. “Security! Sore-ee, but ya can’t sleep here, eh.” Barely conscious I mutter my excuse about how …

Reel Rock Deleted Scene – La Dura Comida

Climbing Magazine called it “Must watch”, Reel Rock Film Tour said “It’s pretty epic!”, and Youtube user rocaybeta exclaimed “excellent!!! I literally cried”. A few weeks ago I put together a short, humorous video I titled Reel Rock Deleted Scene – La Dura Comida. If you haven’t seen it, it’s essentially a mash up of Chris Sharma climbing sounds with …

Coyote Gulch Backpacking in Grand Staircase Escalante

Backpacking Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase Escalante

I spent a few days exploring Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah back in May. The highlight for me was backpacking Coyote Gulch just off of Hole-in-the-Rock Road… though it is technically in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, most begin the Coyote Gulch hike within Grand-Staircase Escalanate. This was a hike that came highly recommended by multiple people–I asked for recommendations …

Climbing Mount Stuart via the Upper North Ridge

Classic–one of the select routes chosen for inclusion in the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, one of just six in the Pacific Northwest. The Upper North Ride of Mount Stuart (9,415′, Grade IV, 5.9) is widely considered to be one of the premiere alpine rock routes in Washington State. Full Value–longer approach, glacier crossing, open air bivvies, 18 or …