I’m obsessed with images and I’m not the only one. Most of my time spent in the digital world involves engaging with images, either static in the form of photographs, or moving in the form of film. I spend a good part of my life soaking it all up; endless ski and snowboard edits, images of new products I’m stoked about, formatting images in a blog post, scrolling through Instagram way more than is really necessary.

Sometimes I think that with all the media that’s available these days it’s easy to miss the really special stuff, the stuff that has the potential to really connect, the stuff that doesn’t just go in and out again but that leaves a lasting mark. I’m not interested in a five minute snowboard film that I only feel compelled to watch once, I want to discover something that still ends up being relevant to me in a year’s time.

It’s cool to try something a little different every now and then. The other evening I sat down and spent an hour with The Dirtbag Diaries and it felt great. You can’t beat a good story to zone out to every so often. So turn off YouTube, sign out of Facebook and create some of your own imagery by hanging out with The Dirtbag Diaries for a bit.

Here are a couple of stories that caught my imagination. There are many more to discover at dirtbagdiaries.com

El Avalanchisto is a story about Matt Mckee, an avalanche forecaster from Utah who decided to take a summer job in the Andes forecasting avalanches for a gold mine in the mountains. Things turned heavy pretty quickly.

The Remotest tells the story of Ryan and Rebecca Means’ journey to discover the most remote place in the country. They discovered plenty of other things along the way. 

The Dirtbag Diaries is produced by Duct Tape Then Beer.


Lives in Yorkshire. Creator of The Gemsstock.com and regular contributor to The Path Less Trodden.

Currently listening to: Beach House – Depression Cherry
Currently reading: Michael Connelly – The Poet

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