Dirtbagging is dead. So writes Cedar Wright in our July 2014 issue. His essay laments the dying art of living out of your car, or in caves, on next to nothing to pursue climbing full time. James Lucas is one dirtbag keeping the dream alive. In this video, made by Wright, Lucas discusses a life spent climbing and five years spent sleeping in the back of a Saturn station wagon.


Who wouldn't want to be on a permanent vacation. Dirt bag, surf bum, etc...it would be hard pressed to raise a family this way with mouths to feed. My wife and I are working super hard to get the house paid off in 8 years so every weekend is play time. I agree about the simple life for sure, but I also want to change the landscape of this world as a architect and general contractor.

joshua w - 08/31/2014 10:15:03

I lived that way for a short time. After so many years, I still miss it.

Manuel - 08/04/2014 7:31:38

Isn't there something slightly hypocritical about mourning the fate of the dirtbag lifestyle in the Facebook era while funding one's own life as the "last dirtbag" by writing blogs on a Macbook?

Stenka Razin - 07/03/2014 1:46:19

Dumb. There are more dirtbags than there were 5 years ago for sure.

Kevin, King of the dirtbags - 06/24/2014 1:10:13

Charming video James and Cedar! I most definitely miss the star-filled nights spent sneaking up to the boulders and digging out our stash of bedding unbeknownst to the rangers, or camping for weeks on end in the Cochise Stronghold living in the back of dust filled Toyota trucks. Days like this would not have been possible if not for the close camaraderie of the monkeys with our barreling yelp to signify we were there. We learned from the best, 'The Old Dads', and hung out like kings in our own kingdom ruling the valley floor with our vicious bike gangs mocking the weekend warriors. Although the days of living like one of the 'lost boys' of Neverland seem like a lifetime ago, it was the time of my life. I was very fortunate to be a part of one of the last crews to dirtbag in Camp Four and it is a pleasure to watch this and reminisce but especially that the passion for climbing still grows within Peaches! Thanks guys!

Donna McKusick - 06/05/2014 7:30:32

James Lucas is the douch bag who removed the lightning bolt from the Columbia boulder.

midninght lighting - 06/04/2014 10:46:09

"Did you pay your student loans back?" Oh my, is this the only question by the ultra righteous? Dirtbag, says it all you clean gummed sycophants. Have a problem using illusionary money for education then saying "fuck the illusion"? Then pay back what you think you owe, as for me education should be free, paid for by the low life scum who think a billion dollars is not enough. Loved the video Cedar Wright, James Lucas,. Brought back a bit of nostalgia after being a dirt bag for 14 years. As for the indolent beast known as Choss sprayer, go suck your mommas tit, your probably from Boulder.

Leif Hanson Magnuson - 06/04/2014 6:58:25

super charming! thanks for the vid

Olivia F - 05/31/2014 7:21:06

uhhh. Fewer and fewer dirtbags, ya mean???

asdrubal - 05/30/2014 6:45:21

Good job Cedar! ...just sad to see that there's so much negativity. I really enjoyed this piece, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that appreciate that someone puts time and effort into publishing free quality climbing media. Thank you!

Nils - 05/30/2014 2:30:34

did you pay back those loans? it would be really lame if you used it to funnel your climbs and then bolted to the hills.

passer byer - 05/29/2014 1:16:31

It wasn't clear in the video, did you ever pay back those loans that you used ? If not then I don't think that using college loans to funnel these trips when you wont pay them back is right. Dirtbagging is great and all but if it requires stealing then count me out. I will take the m-f job and the long climbing weekends any day.

passer byer - 05/29/2014 1:15:13

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