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Dirtbag State of Mind Hats by Peter W Gilroy

Aug 1 • 930 Views • No Comments on Dirtbag State of Mind Hats by Peter W Gilroy

We always wanted to make some Zine hats, we were just waiting for the right design. Years of waiting led to this design, the “Dirtbag State of Mind” hats,...

Review: Mammut Smart Alpine and Petzl GRIGRI + (belay devices)

With more and more options for a safer belay, The Zine got its hands on two of the most innovative devices, The Mammut Smart Alpine and the...

Jun 23 • 787 Views

Review: Grivel Stealth Helmet

Climbing helmets have come a long way in the last few years—mostly by shedding weight and becoming ultralight. I’ve realized that the...

May 28 • 1491 Views

Review: The North Face Progressor Insulated Hybrid Hoodie

This spring I got to check out some items from The North Face’s Progressor Collection, and this piece, the Insulated Hybrid Hoodie...

May 5 • 997 Views

Review: Deuter Gravity Haul 50

The Deuter Gravity Haul 50 is advertised as a backpack that can turn into a haul bag. That’s a combination I haven’t come across in my...

Mar 29 • 1108 Views

Review: Grivel Salamander 2.0 helmet

The Grivel Salamander 2.0, while designed with zero frills to keep operation straight-forward, is a versatile helmet with a few highlights...

Mar 13 • 907 Views

Review: Scarpa Vapor Lace

Scarpa’s Vapor V rock shoe now has an upgraded model. The new Vapor Lace shoe offers a more customizable fit, which provides slightly...

Feb 12 • 3101 Views

DU/ER Jeans – Performance Denim

The trend of “stretchy jeans” for men in climbing seems to be gaining traction ever since Outdoor Research introduced the Goldrush...

Feb 11 • 1626 Views

Review: Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka

If you’re a climber, you have a puffy coat. That’s a given—the best climbing days usually give way to cold nights and mornings. I...

Dec 23 • 2506 Views

Review: Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler

The longer I review gear, the more jaded I become. It’s hard to be impressed. I’ve become more selective about what products I want to...

Oct 4 • 2143 Views

Review: Sterling Velocity Rope

I needed the perfect rope for my project. It had to be an 80 meter rope and it had to withstand a little more abuse than your average...

Jul 29 • 1784 Views

Review: Rinsekit

The RinseKit is one of those outdoor products that at first glance seems a little unnecessary—until you use it. I had one of these...

Jul 20 • 1380 Views

Review: Mammut Whymper Jacket

Mammut designed the Whymper Jacket to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of Edward Whymper’s ascent of the Matterhorn. With taped seams,...

Jun 25 • 1677 Views

Review: Good-To-Go backpacking meals

So you’ve spent the last number of weeks, months, and days obsessing about this upcoming adventure, but what have you forgotten? THE...

Jun 23 • 1238 Views

Review: Mammut Rock Rider

When climbing in remote areas beyond the reach of immediate help you learn to understand the importance of having a healthy margin of...

Jun 12 • 2144 Views

Review: Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

Marketed as a piece that blurs the line between a mid-layer and a shell, the Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody turned into my go-to “maybe”...

Jun 11 • 2645 Views

Review: Exped Synmat Hyperlite Sleeping Pad

The gear: Exped Synmat Hyperlite sleeping pad, size Medium (msrp $169) and Schnozzel Pump Bag UL (msrp $40) Reviewed by: Drew Thayer,...

Jun 6 • 1984 Views

Gear Review: Garmont Sticky Rock

In the process of looking for a new approach shoe that I could also do some running in I came across the Garmont Sticky Rock. Retail:...

May 6 • 3113 Views

Review: Mountainsmith Mayhem 45

The Mountainsmith Mayhem 45 is an innovative and creative backpack—perfect for certain uses, but hindering for others. Here’s what I...

Mar 30 • 2254 Views

Review: Edelweiss Curve 9.8mm

It’s that time again when I need a new cragging rope. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or particularly light, just something durable that...

Mar 30 • 3889 Views

Review: Voormi Eleven.9

Wearing something from Voormi—a clothing line based out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, attracts attention and curiosity. Retail: $149.00...

Mar 17 • 1995 Views

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR Jacket

The Rockies in winter are known for their cold temperatures and fierce winds. When I’m climbing ice in these mountains I need a belay...

Feb 16 • 10101 Views

Review: Kahtoola MICROspikes

Every single physical activity I do (or don’t do) is related to climbing – even if there’s no climbing involved. Running is one...

Feb 15 • 1465 Views

Review: Cypher Codex

I must admit I’d never heard of Cypher rock shoes, and when I brought them to the gym I got constant questions about what I was wearing,...

Feb 8 • 2850 Views

Review: Beal Cocoon Chalk Bag

How much is there to say about a chalk bag? All it has to do is hang out back there and have that powdery gold ready for your sweaty,...

Jan 19 • 1912 Views

Review: Westcomb Recon Cargo Pant

Are you looking for a synthetic, 3-season technical pant that moves as you move? If so, read on. Featuring NanoSphere® moisture and stain...

Dec 22 • 1988 Views

Review: Black Diamond Cold Forge Hoody

As a pure rock climber with zero ambition for the alpine, but a desire to stay warm in cold camping temperatures, I often find myself using...

Dec 9 • 4832 Views

Review: Beal’s Venus and Rebel Harnesses (combined gender review)

A combined-gender review: both men’s and women’s versions If you’re a woman, I imagine you might be frustrated by the pervasive lack...

Dec 1 • 4511 Views

Review: Scarpa Techno X

Scarpa redesigned their most popular shoes this year, with a new model to cover each style of climbing. I had the chance to try out their...

Nov 1 • 4736 Views

Review: Tenaya Tarifa’s

This was my first time wearing a pair of Tenayas. I felt like flatlanders must on their first visit to the Rockies. Sure I had heard of...

Oct 18 • 3322 Views

Review: Singing Rock Penta Helmet (updated)

UPDATE: Sometimes initial impressions of a piece of gear change after months of use. After all, that’s what we do with climbing...

Oct 16 • 5361 Views

Review: Mammut Infinity 9.5 Protect

For as long as I’ve been climbing Mammut ropes have had a reputation for durability and good handling. The Infinity 9.5 Protect more than...

Oct 8 • 3232 Views

Review: Evolv Luchador SC’s (updated)

Note: Since we all know we want our climbing gear to stand the test of time The Zine is starting to create updates for the products we...

Sep 28 • 3218 Views

Review: 5.10 Team VXi Slippers

This shoe fits like a glove. Perfect for overhanging terrain with foot trickery when you don’t really need to edge these superlight...

Sep 21 • 2823 Views

Review: Beal Stinger Unicore Golden Dry 9.4 mm rope

How do you choose a single rope for multi-pitch and alpine climbing? Considerations include weight, dry treatment, durability, and the feel...

Aug 31 • 6255 Views

Review: Peregrine Radama Tent

This tent is a great value for a 2-person, 3-season backpacking tent with some innovative features. The tent follows the popular half-dome...

Aug 28 • 2786 Views

Review: Arc’teryx AR-395a Harness

Canadian ingenuity re-born: an elite all-around harness Let’s cut right to the chase: climbing harnesses range in price from $50 to $180,...

Jul 10 • 7146 Views

Review: DMM Alpha Sport Quickdraws

With rock climbing gear we are living in the days of refinement, over pure innovation. Most of the gear is quite similar to what was being...

Jul 10 • 2434 Views

Review: Patagonia Mixed Guide Pants

I’m standing in the closet, packing for weekend of ice climbing or skiing, holding a pair of pants in each hand and asking the same old...

Jun 15 • 4796 Views

Review: OR Prusik Pants

Summer is finally upon us again and it’s time to get up and seek adventure in the high country. We dream of jamming clean splitter cracks...

Jun 8 • 3352 Views

Review: OR Men’s Goldrush Jeans

Dirtbag instincts suit the gear reviewer well. Which is why, for each and every day over the last two months I’ve worn the new...

May 25 • 3258 Views

Review: Scarpa Vapor V

My first impression of Scarpa’s redesigned Vapor V was how comfortable they were out of the box. I sized mine tight for performance, yet...

Apr 8 • 13812 Views

Review: Climb Tech Steel Biner with Captive Pin

Love them or hate them, fixed draws are becoming more and more of a staple in the sport climbing world. They make things more convenient,...

Mar 18 • 2851 Views

Review: Beal Opera 8.5mm Rope

Amongst the hot new climbing gear released this season, something I’m most excited about is the newest ultra-light triple-rated rope,...

Mar 4 • 8478 Views

Review: Arc’teryx Alpha Comp

At the Climbing Zine we get lots of gear to test, sometimes too much to really wear something for longer than a few weeks. The Alpha Comp...

Jan 25 • 5196 Views

Beginner Dirtbagging – Where to Spend and Where to Save

To dirtbag or not to dirtbag, that is the question. The technique of dirtbagging is one that can only truly be learned by experience....

Jan 15 • 17888 Views

Review: Osprey Mutant 28

The Mutant 28, by Osprey, packs the essentials for a minimalist looking to get into alpine, ice or vertically mixed endeavors....

Jan 14 • 8658 Views

Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

For once, I’m actually psyched to “leave it on,” as their ad campaign suggests. For climbers and skiers, the best characteristic of a...

Jan 1 • 9434 Views

Review: Westcomb Tango Hoody

Westcomb’s Tango Hoody is a formidable layer for a variety of conditions, with a lot to love in a simple, straightforward package. Having...

Dec 28 • 6536 Views

Review: Big Turtle Shell – Wireless Speaker (Outdoor Tech)

These days, more often than not, someone in a climbing crew of craggers has a speaker. If you want the biggest and the baddest – you...

Nov 4 • 2941 Views

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Do Not Go Outside To Cry by Kathy Karlo

Oct 18 • 559 Views • No Comments on Do Not Go Outside To Cry by Kathy Karlo

I see it being used all around me to describe women, often by other women: badass. I have always considered it to have a good connotation, as it implies confidence with...

Blue Eyes Climbing In The Rain (a poem) by Luke Mehall

In the desert in rains In the desert climber brains Can think of nothing but climbing But climbing is not the answer...

Oct 11 • 316 Views

Up (and over) the Pope’s Nose by Josh Smith

“Think we could throw a haul bag out of an airplane? That would make the approach really easy.” Kennan was looking...

Sep 4 • 1027 Views

Where to Find The Climbing Zine – Independent Outlets

The Climbing Zine and Benighted Publications pride ourselves on independent distribution. Below is a list of our...

Aug 16 • 542 Views

The Burnout by Luke Mehall

It was many, many years before I realized that this environment in The Desert was the ultimate. I just didn’t see it....

Aug 9 • 954 Views

Granite Trinity by Michelle Dedischew

One thousand twenty-seven. One thousand twenty-eight. One thousand twenty-nine. My head is lost in some sort of vortex....

Aug 8 • 482 Views

Approach As Pilgrimage by Tim Rogers

Journal entry from 10/15/2014 Zion is the word. Despite all of our differences, to so many people the meaning of Zion...

Jul 11 • 822 Views

Climbing Past War by Stacy Bare

The uninitiated, those who don’t climb, always ask me why I do. I normally begin my response with the statement that...

Jul 11 • 6329 Views

Flirting with The Nose In A Day in The Valley of Stone

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goerte I grew up in...

Jun 22 • 6065 Views

Patience by Chris Schulte

It starts with a plan like a break in the clouds. We set out thinking on the lines, the foods, the sunrises and...

Jun 12 • 1336 Views

As Long As Life Endures: A Climber Wedding by Sara Aranda

“Life can be rugged and cold, or smooth and exciting. The climb these two have just performed today symbolizes life...

Jun 12 • 2513 Views

The Mountains This River Comes From by Chris Kalman

Alone ‘I’ve been here before.’ I think to myself, as I sit and stare at the kind of sunset that will warm you...

Jun 7 • 385 Views

Write for The Climbing Zine

The Climbing Zine is currently building our 11th Volume. We are now accepting stories, with a set release date of...

Jun 7 • 527 Views

A Geologist Falls in Love with Gravity by Drew Thayer

Erosion [i roh zhun] The process by which the surface of the Earth is gradually worn away by the action of water,...

Jun 6 • 921 Views

Reflections on Dad by Tamara Robbins

Since November, I’ve been in Modesto, California, with my family and, while here, digitally archiving the multitude...

May 30 • 1288 Views

Growing Up Skinner by Becca Skinner

I looked down at my Gri-Gri as a salty tear rolled off my cheek into a thousand feet of space and granite. I wiped my...

May 29 • 3352 Views

Fill The Void by Shay Skinner

The reflection targets my disfigurement. If only the borders of this mirror could protect the rest of the world from my...

May 29 • 3089 Views

Kansas City Urban Summits, a buildering adventure by Dakota Walz

I could see him clearly from directly across the alleyway. A light was on and a white balding office worker was clearly...

May 26 • 3142 Views

Tom Randall: Wide Boy, Small Ego, Big Heart by Luke Mehall

Like most desert rats, I first heard of Tom Randall during his and Pete Whittaker’s infamous off-width tour of the...

May 9 • 2760 Views

A Sponsorship Pitch to Sriracha by Spenser Tang-Smith

by Spenser Tang-Smith To the Tamers of the Fiery Rooster God, We three travelers attend no church, recite no prayers,...

May 8 • 818 Views

Are We Born to Climb? by D Scott Borden

Is climbing as innate as sharing, copulating, greed, or even walking? Many evolutionary biologists would offer that the...

May 7 • 7657 Views

Go To The Desert (a poem) by Luke Mehall

Go to the desert Or whatever place Is The Desert To You by Luke Mehall, photo by: Greg Cairns For me it’s The...

May 3 • 1136 Views

ISO: My Dirtbag Princess

Note: this piece appears in the Off Route column of the newest Zine, Volume 10, The Raw Issue.  Hello, I am looking...

Apr 21 • 2444 Views

For The Love of Indian Creek

“Holy, shit!” was all anyone of us could say. A buddy of ours was showing us a ring off an anchor he’d recently...

Apr 10 • 1263 Views

A Narrow Escape on Mt. Kenya by Jason Haas

“Hey, wake up. Wake up!” Brian whispered harshly. “There’s someone out there.” I half opened an eye and...

Apr 4 • 1628 Views

Explaining a Memorial Toilet

A memorial toilet is a hard thing to explain. But that’s exactly what my friends were constructing last weekend, a...

Mar 30 • 4023 Views

Old Becomes New in Indian Creek by Chris Schulte

November is closing in fast, and on this turn around the fireball, we reach a strange and interesting milestone in...

Mar 28 • 2177 Views

Hear Mehall on The Enormocast

Check out Climbing Zine publisher, Luke Mehall on the Enormocast with Chris Kalous. Please throw the Enormocast a buck...

Mar 27 • 3796 Views

Walmart Parking Lot (a poem) by Georgie Abel

by Georgie Abel (photo by Dylan Hightower) I was this close To forgetting what it feels like To sleep in a Walmart...

Mar 16 • 1691 Views

Fear and The College Try (in the Black Canyon)

When my college crew began climbing in the Black Canyon, topos were scribbled out on beer soaked napkins, during big...

Mar 14 • 2011 Views

Last Thoughts on The Dirtbag, A Short Film

Two years ago I pitched an idea about a film I really had nothing more than a spark of an idea for to Greg Cairns....

Mar 12 • 2290 Views

The Long Way Back by Mike Reddy

“Oh you feel and you taste it and you want to go higher. So what do you do? And so you peak into the mountain where...

Mar 6 • 997 Views

The Secret Spot by Joy Martin

If these rocks could talk, they’d tell a hell of a story: one of nature and development, of perseverance and triumph,...

Mar 1 • 979 Views

Awake On El Cap by Tristan Greszko

Awake. Alone. It’s 3 am. Only two more hours to sleep, the clock is ticking. The world is silent.  Maybe there’s a...

Feb 21 • 4865 Views

Hidden Dragons by Chris Schulte

I started climbing in Durango, Colorado, a small and isolated burg on the edge of the desert and the mountains, pushing...

Feb 18 • 3458 Views

The Crimson Bunny (Going at it alone) by Alexis McLean

A roommate and dear friend of mine used to talk both eloquently and incessantly about her Purple Rabbit. She would...

Feb 12 • 2542 Views

Holding the Rock Together

I won’t say that I’m afraid of heights, but to be standing on the edge of anything looking down more than...

Feb 9 • 2738 Views

Jugs on Jugs by Gaelen Engler

Pulling into The Chief campground in Squamish for my first time, I had to double-check the sign to make sure my...

Feb 8 • 36142 Views

Rambling In The Bugaboos by David Fay

We rounded the bend and there were half a dozen people lining up at the base of the route. Rock climbing pioneers had...

Feb 7 • 1576 Views

A Climber In The Winter of His Content

“You know there’s something special you’re needing. And you know there’s no drug that’ll do the healing, and...

Jan 28 • 6746 Views

24 Hours of Vegas

The best thing about America is that it gives you space. I like that. I like that you buy into the dream, it’s a lie...

Jan 24 • 1579 Views

As Long As Life Endures, A Climber Wedding (On The Hulk) a short film

We couldn’t have planned for how perfect this truly went. The weather for that whole week in July was bluebird sky,...

Jan 23 • 7037 Views

Feminism in Climbing, some compassionate thoughts from Melise Edwards

by Melise Edwards (banner photo of the author on Bum Boy, Horse Pens 40, Alabama. Photo courtesy of the author.) ...

Jan 22 • 2772 Views

A Venture Backward, Inward, and Upward by Rhiannon Williams

In Memory of Towyn Williams (1926 – 2016) I associate much of my childhood with a little white farmhouse in the Welsh...

Jan 14 • 1251 Views

Reflections in The Black by Vic Zeilman

The following is Vic Zeilman’s piece “Reflections In The Black”, written for the recently released...

Jan 3 • 1672 Views

Rasta, A Wise and Crafty Crag Dog by D Scott Borden

Editor’s note: Longtime Climbing Zine contributor D Scott Borden wrote this piece for Volume 7, and sadly as the...

Dec 25 • 2738 Views

(On Bear’s Ears) Dear Sally Jewel, by Chris Kalman

I heard you’re gonna be in Bluff. Got people telling me I should go—stand up for the places and the things I know....

Dec 6 • 1515 Views

The ’59 Sound, Remembering Eric Klimt by Kathy Karlo

The alarm blared repeatedly until I was jolted awake, not knowing what was a dream and what was real. I had to go to...

Dec 2 • 1651 Views

The Next Generation, an excerpt from Graduating From College Me by Luke Mehall

This young hippie left a bag of his groceries with my stuff after last weekend climbing in the Creek—granola, ramen,...

Nov 28 • 1515 Views

A Love Letter To Climbing by Ana Ally

In 2016 at the International Climbers’ Festival in Lander, Wyoming, we held a “love letter to...

Nov 22 • 2801 Views