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

Jun 23 • 312 Views • No Comments on 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 Petzl GRIGRI + (Plus)....

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...

Jun 11 • 391 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 • 918 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 • 483 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 • 697 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 • 525 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 • 2154 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 • 998 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 • 1714 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 • 1616 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 • 1538 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 • 1163 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 • 1444 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 • 1047 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 • 1738 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 • 2162 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 • 1661 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 • 2510 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 • 1973 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 • 3139 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 • 1703 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 • 9575 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 • 1267 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 • 2360 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 • 1678 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 • 1747 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 • 4231 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 • 3904 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 • 4071 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 • 2850 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 • 4930 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 • 2860 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 • 2834 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 • 2487 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 • 5673 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 • 2500 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 • 6583 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 • 2140 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 • 4269 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 • 2973 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 • 2963 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 • 12744 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 • 2622 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 • 7690 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 • 4856 Views

Review: Hobie Baja Sunglasses

A line graph showing the hipness of my sunglasses over the years would look like the jagged silhouette of the Teton Range. Peaks and...

Jan 18 • 2227 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 • 17159 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 • 8084 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 • 8858 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 • 6313 Views

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Approach As Pilgrimage by Tim Rogers

Jul 11 • 281 Views • No Comments on 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 remains the same: a place of refuge, a utopian...

The Mom Crux by Mallory Logan

Many a metaphoric parallel can be drawn between climbing and motherhood, and it’s plain to see neither activity makes...

Jul 9 • 295 Views

Effort and Folly on Mount Waddington by Drew Thayer

Humbled The cam lobes slide in the fissure as I test it, useless. This dark, metamorphic rock, tortured entrails of a...

Jun 30 • 305 Views

The Hand Jam by Brendan Leonard

Do you know what a perfect hand jam feels like? Do you remember the first time you really nailed one, as well as your...

Jun 23 • 490 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 • 5168 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...

Jun 13 • 474 Views

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

Editor’s Note: Last year Sara Aranda and Patrick Hodge were married atop The Hulk in the Sierra. Aranda wrote...

Jun 12 • 440 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 • 224 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 • 358 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 • 460 Views

Going It Alone by Vic Zeilman

At some point in my early to midtwenties, I came to the conclusion that life is not about rock climbing. There’s just...

May 30 • 700 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 • 1029 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 • 2374 Views

My Golden Era (a poem) by Elliot Natz

by Elliot Natz Note: This piece is published in The Climbing Zine, Volume 10 photo of towers in Canyonlands National...

May 29 • 443 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 • 1402 Views

A Love Letter To The Cascades From Gaelen Engler

To My Dearest Cascades, Thank you for some of the best four months of my life. After exploring the remotest corners of...

May 28 • 199 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 • 2924 Views

The Road and First Walls in Zion – from American Climber

American Climber, the memoir written by our publisher Luke Mehall is celebrating its one year anniversary this month,...

May 24 • 337 Views

Announcing a Climbing Children’s Book: Squeak

Longtime Zine contributor and all around good guy, D Scott Borden announced the release of his children’s book,...

May 17 • 637 Views

Stacy Bare on Bears Ears and Ryan Zinke’s Visit to Utah

On Sunday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stood in front of a small, windowless conference room in Salt Lake City...

May 12 • 497 Views

Technology and Climbing by Cyrena Lee

If you are sick of new climbers coming in and ruining everything, do something about it. If you hate how distracted you...

May 9 • 636 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 • 649 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 • 6875 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 • 692 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 • 1248 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 • 1023 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 • 1433 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 • 3510 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 • 1807 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 • 3475 Views

The Light and Dark Sides of Free Soloing by Alexa Flower

I’ve heard some describe Yosemite as a vortex, and so is the culture that comes with it. I am sucked into soloing...

Mar 23 • 2820 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 • 1497 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 • 1520 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 • 2026 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 • 824 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 • 760 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 • 3819 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 • 3124 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 • 2299 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 • 2534 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 • 35423 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 • 1273 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 • 6252 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 • 1126 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 • 6499 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 • 2175 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 • 1057 Views

The Pain (of the desert) by Luke Mehall

The other day, on the Internet, I read about a climber whose fingertip broke off in a crack when he fell. Fingers in a...

Jan 6 • 613 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 • 1473 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 • 2494 Views