Dirtbag Diaries: The Love Letter Film


A husband and wife, Fitz and Becca, follow their dream of traversing the high Sierra, climbing peaks, new and classic, napping on granite and sleeping in flowered meadows. The first week, a phantom cell phone rings in Fitz’s pocket, and he wonders if he can truly leave the city behind. Each day, they strive a little further, add the “okays” up to one triumphant “yes.” Eventually he declares his “mind has never been lighter.” By the end, Becca asks, “Can the mountains really cure a person? Bring two people closer together?”

I think mountains can cure a person. They can bring two people closer, remind them how to open themselves to what is. What do you think? Do the mountains make us better people? More like ourselves? Better husbands and wives? Or do they just provide a momentary respite amidst our otherwise chaotic and concrete-born lives? Check out their website here.

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  1. Hi Kim,

    Good questions to muse on. I think the answers are probably individual to each person, as we each have our own experiences that filter our attitudes.

    I grew up in actual wilderness, and I have such a hard time navigating a world of people who can’t/won’t let their cell phones leave their sides for any reason. I would never consider taking a cell phone with me on a climb/hike/ski trip, mostly because where I live it wouldn’t help you anyway but mainly because I’m there to have fun, not stare at my phone. I have difficulty comprehending how anyone could allow their lives to become that way, which isn’t a condemnation, just something I don’t understand. In recent years I’ve found it’s more difficult to make connections because people I meet are more involved in that tiny screen than they are with people in front of them. People tweeting and emailing from Mt. Everest breaks my heart as it does to see anyone on the side of a trail tapping away at their phones instead of enjoying where they are and what they are doing.

    While mountains can give people a short respite, I would tend to believe that most people fall back into their habit when they return to their routines. It’s only when leaving your phone behind IS your routine that you can be truly cured.

    That said, travel and adventuring can certainly be the catalyst for change and growth and that’s never a bad thing! It doesn’t even have to be remote, epic, or inspirational travel or adventure, as long as you learn something and don’t fall right back into bad habits when the experience is over. To me, that’s the most difficult part of a trip; taking the lessons home and putting them to work in everyday life.


    • Well said, Jill. I know what you mean about cell phones. While I can’t always leave my behind, I do try to get in the habit of turning it off when i don’t need to stay connected. Since I live much of my life in the mountains, it’s all too easy to let things like my phone enter in all the time.

      I also agree with you about taking the lessons home. Willie Unsoeld said it best: “And the final test for me of the legitimacy of the experience (in the mountains) is, ‘How well does your experience of the sacred in nature enable you to cope more effectively with the problems of mankind when you come back to the city?’

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