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By Haywood Jeublowme
From Cortez, CO
Jan 10, 2013
salty
You actually climb more when you have a job. No job = injury. More motivation to crank. Oh, and the dirtbag is dead. Get over it.

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By Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Jan 10, 2013
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its odd to me that when people want to dirtbag and limit there needs and expenses they always keep booze and bud. I am not trying to look down on people for the recreational substance of choice. I am forcible removed from drinking and pot, (both make me feel awful instantly, some kind of allergy to alcohol and pot just gives me a migraine). So I dont have many positive experience to contextualize the benefits. All I know is that compared to my imbibing friends I have far more disposable and discretionary income for trips and gear, which might explain the size of my rack. some people I climb with could have up to a third more total income than me and yet always seem to be broke.

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By mozeman
Jan 10, 2013
ask someone who actually is a dirtbag and does not have internet, computer, or MP account (i.e. don't ask anyone on here unless you want that neo-classical-weak-pussy shit dirtbagging experience)




but for realz......if you drink anything that is not free you fail

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By Jeff Gicklhorn
From Reno, NV
Jan 10, 2013
Having a blast on the Sound of Power - Photo by Th...
From my experience trips of one week up to two months are the ideal setup. Enough time to get into the swing of things, motivation remains high, and you actually get things done. Sure you can adapt the "dirtbag" lifestyle if you want, but wait, oh yeah, you still have a job and a life to go back to afterwards.

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By Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Jan 11, 2013
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so a diet of smugness, fart sniffing and urine...

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By Suqui
From asia
Jan 11, 2013
First, make a commitment. Planning is very important especially on the beginning, but stay spontaneous also. People will judge you but stay strong. Second, sell everything you own , except for the gear of course. Leave only the essentials. Third, get a good low key rig, no vans, they attract too much attention. Fourth, get a lifetime membership to a chain of gyms. Fifth, get a cell phone with good navigation app. You can sleep on Wallmarts parking lots anywhere in the country. Stay clean, low key and well organized. Hit up temp agencies for jobs. Get a po box and a travel insurance for gear. Done deal!

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By frankstoneline
Jan 11, 2013
Suqui wrote:
First, make a commitment. Planning is very important especially on the beginning, but stay spontaneous also. People will judge you but stay strong. Second, sell everything you own , except for the gear of course. Leave only the essentials. Third, get a good low key rig, no vans, they attract too much attention. Fourth, get a lifetime membership to a chain of gyms. Fifth, get a cell phone with good navigation app. You can sleep on Wallmarts parking lots anywhere in the country. Stay clean, low key and well organized. Hit up temp agencies for jobs. Get a po box and a travel insurance for gear. Done deal!


craigslist help wanted ads can be pretty good too. spend a couple days/week picking up odd jobs for grocery cash. beware the creeps though.

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By Kevin DB
Jan 11, 2013
Inverting in rocktown
Dirtbagging is easy, you just avoid spending money at all costs. It's funny to hear people give advice on how to behave in a campground. Dirtbags don't pay for camping! Camping should be free anyway. Get friendly and ready to spend some time in Camp 4 1/2. There is always an option to stay for free, and in most places it's perfectly legal too. If you can do without your phone, get rid of it. I just buy a pay as you go when I am running out of money and need to look for work or something.

Having a car is a huge expense, probably the biggest challenge to living cheap. If you are truly committed you can sell your car, strip all your possessions down to climbing gear and hitchhik/catch rides from climbers to get around.

Dumpster diving and such tricks to get food are okay, but food isn't really that expensive. If ALL you are paying for is food, it's probably just going to be 100 dollars or so a month. I've lived on less than 2000 dollars a year for quite a while. It doesn't take much savings to go on long awesome climbing trips.

Although I agree with people that you can get just as much climbing done living indoors as dirtbagging. But being a dirtbag is more than just climbing 200 days a year, it's the shared experience, the joy of travel, etc.

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By Adam B
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Jan 11, 2013
Middle St. Vrain
If one must ask HOW to dirtbag, one is not fully prepared to be a dirtbag.

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By Suqui
From asia
Jan 12, 2013
The joy of travel says it all! Climbing is only a part of it. Travel in style if you can! Experience what different areas have to offer but be commited to moving on.

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By ryan albery
From Cruisertonfieldville
Jan 12, 2013
I do a ton of things other than climbing, but from living on the road as a dirtbag for the past 14 years, a friendly smile and that vibe in your eyes saying you've been doing rad things... the connections you make with the fellow wanderers... that to me is so much more meaningful than how hard or crazy a thing you climbed.

If you're thinking of being a climbing bum, have a shit-ton of fun.

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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Jan 12, 2013
You stay away from mah pig!
Oh, and if you're going to be a dirtbag, make sure you come from a middle class or higher background. That way, you'll always have mom and dad's house to go back to when things fall apart. Parents' health insurance is a good thing, too.

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By Hmann2
Jan 13, 2013
the fridge leavenworth
Sell your computer. Get off MP and go climb.

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By Dennis Sanders
Jan 15, 2013
This is a pretty funny post. I agree with most of you but in the end I think one of the most important parts of a life of climbing is the one of gaining respect and keeping the respect of your peers. We all know that its fun to dirtbag it while your young and such and all your buddies with you will thank its cool and funny and such for a while. Eventually most of them get some form of a job and stop mooching off of someone. I and Im hoping you dont want to be that last dirtbag who still thinks its cool to bum anything and everything just for the sake of fitting into those scenes we all know are there….and then have all your working friends loose the respect they once had for you. In other words gain the respect and keep it. If you can afford it climb a bunch and dont talk %^&*. If you cant dont worry about it and try to enjoy some good honest work and climb in your free time like a ton of peeps.

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