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Review: Edelrid Topaz Rope

Feb 28 • 529 Views • No Comments on Review: Edelrid Topaz Rope

Doing a gear review Climbing Zine style for a rope is difficult. For starters our method for reviewing gear is simple: we use it in our normal day-to-day climbing, as...

Review: Climb Tech Top Anchor Hook

The construction style “Mussy Hook” has always been one of my least favorite pieces of climbing hardware to see at an anchor. They tend...

Feb 3 • 1811 Views

Review: Black Diamond Creek 50 Backpack

The Creek 50 from Black Diamond was one of those pieces of gear I just had to check out. Since I climb in Indian Creek more than any other...

Jan 17 • 1074 Views

Review: Edelrid Bulletproof Carabiners/Quickdraws

Every once and awhile a climbing product will come along and as a community we’ll collectively be like, “that’s a great...

Dec 1 • 1386 Views

Review: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

There are certain products that come along on every adventure. This past fall, as temps cooled and the stoke rose, the new Patagonia Micro...

Dec 1 • 862 Views

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 • 2475 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 • 2828 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 • 2084 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 • 2317 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 • 2046 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 • 5052 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 • 2824 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 • 5372 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 • 3187 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 • 2572 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 • 2048 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 • 2372 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 • 1941 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 • 3236 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 • 4050 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 • 2982 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 • 4120 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 • 3045 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 • 6200 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 • 2789 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 • 12464 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 • 2059 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 • 3729 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 • 2923 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 • 2770 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 • 6732 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 • 6101 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 • 6821 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 • 4272 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 • 6594 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 • 4294 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 • 4489 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 • 4055 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 • 7899 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 • 3533 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 • 8583 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 • 3545 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 • 6098 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 • 4350 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 • 4052 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 • 16550 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 • 3804 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 • 10624 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 • 6273 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 • 19323 Views

Perfectical Prose Perfectical Prose

The Joy Pendulum, Swinging High and Low in Yosemite Valley by Lauren DeLaunay

Apr 19 • 3432 Views • No Comments on The Joy Pendulum, Swinging High and Low in Yosemite Valley by Lauren DeLaunay

As I listened to my boyfriend make his tenth phone call of the hour, I absentmindedly stirred vegetables and reflected on the events of the past month. Fuck this season,...

The Enormocast: A Review

Note: this piece was originally written for The Gulch, a fine, free magazine out of Durango, Colorado.  Enormocast:...

Apr 17 • 137 Views

The Desert and The Dog by Luke Mehall

This is the most beautiful place on Earth, but of course, like Cactus Ed Abbey said, every person carries in their...

Apr 17 • 160 Views

Going Out To Come Home by Stacy Bare

The night was cold, and where the moon and stars shone around patches of clouds, they were incredibly bright. There was...

Apr 9 • 522 Views

Fall on Rock by George Perkins

I clipped her to the anchor, untied her knot, and pulled the rope through the gear. “I need more time.” Jessica...

Apr 4 • 678 Views

On Fear, Climbing, and Depression by Sonya Pevzner

Trigger warning: This article discusses topics of depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. For some, the content may...

Mar 29 • 1548 Views

Icons In Danger and Desert Medicine by Birch Malotky

Joshua Tree National Park is a refuge. I don’t know if I’d decided this by then, sitting folded into the crook of...

Mar 27 • 1735 Views

Monster Cracks by Pete Whittaker

Over hundreds of thousands of years, water has trickled, raged, and poured down cracks and creases, winding and weaving...

Mar 21 • 2195 Views

Adventures With Two Tent Timmy

“If Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends.” Empire State of Mind by Jay Z Some call him Two Tent...

Feb 20 • 2901 Views

Lawton’s Wall, Wild Mexico

Again, this one starts with a crying baby. This time the baby is Isabella, and we’re deep in a wild Mexican canyon...

Feb 12 • 3647 Views

The Road and First Walls in Zion – from American Climber

This is an excerpt from the book, which documents Mehall’s tumultuous journey to climbing, which ultimately saved...

Feb 6 • 1373 Views

More To Give, The First Solo-Free Single-Day Ascent of El Capitan by Pete Whittaker

Walking up to the base of Freerider, I felt rested, light, but increasingly nervous. Two years ago, I’d never climbed...

Feb 4 • 17551 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...

Jan 18 • 3312 Views

Brooke Sandahl on the beginnings of freeing The Nose

Man what a route! As a child, I remember looking at photos of it in my Dad’s climbing books thinking, It must be like...

Jan 8 • 3158 Views

Silent Partners by Luke Mehall

I know he knows. Adam Lawton is proud. In every group of adventurers, there is a leader, and every great leader must be...

Jan 1 • 1566 Views

La Petite Grimpeuse for President, a profile of Melise Edwards

In the land of sugar maples and Carolina silverbells, snails and lungless salamanders, a young girl clung to the rock...

Dec 29 • 5571 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...

Dec 28 • 2752 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...

Dec 27 • 5060 Views

Explosives and Exploring in OUR Bears Ears National Monument by Luke Mehall

We were about thirty minutes into our adventure and five minutes away from finding the explosives. I looked back to my...

Dec 21 • 1193 Views

Volume 11 – Solos, Choss, and Reflection (plus new subscription rates)

As we’ve grown from a black and white stapled together zine to our full color book/magazine hybrid we currently...

Dec 20 • 782 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....

Dec 6 • 3321 Views

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...

Dec 4 • 9159 Views

The Ten Sleep Dream (a poem) by Georgie Abel

It takes ten sleeps Of sleeping in Ten Sleep To enter into the dream The Ten Sleep dream by Georgie Abel, Contributing...

Dec 3 • 553 Views

Reflections in The Black by Vic Zeilman

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

Dec 3 • 2640 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...

Nov 28 • 3307 Views

What We Talk About When We Talk About Choss by Steve “Crusher” Bartlett

Mudstrosity Yes, it wobbled. Three feet high, one foot wide, a foot deep, probably outweighing me, the block sat at...

Nov 14 • 1751 Views

Bad Climbing Daddy by D Scott Borden

My one-year-old and I are in Rocklands, South Africa, when I let a stinky one slip inside a bouldering cave, causing...

Nov 7 • 3265 Views

Off Route: Naked Nose In A Day by Jonathan Fleury

Back in May, while hanging out in El Cap Meadow, I overheard a friend talking about Leah’s goal to climb The Nose...

Nov 2 • 1160 Views

For The Sake Of The Song by Chris Parker

Maybe she just has to sing, for the sake of the song And who do I think that I am to decide that she’s wrong....

Oct 31 • 858 Views

Toe The Edge by Patrick Hodge

I promised my father I’d never free solo. I remember, as a young kid, how his voice rocked back and forth, not to...

Oct 24 • 1004 Views

Sanni McCandless: A Force of Nature by Joy Martin

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you in better living conditions. —Hafiz I’ve always...

Oct 24 • 7193 Views

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 • 1196 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 • 2005 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...

Aug 19 • 3211 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 • 1304 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 • 1621 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 • 7513 Views

The Prince P (in memory of Phil Schaal) by Cyrena Lee

It would have been hard to write about Phil Schaal even if he were still here—here meaning still alive. Alive meaning...

Jun 23 • 2201 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 • 7712 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 • 3475 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 • 1111 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 • 1819 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 • 2191 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 • 4753 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 • 3998 Views

From Midas’s Touch to A Green Thumb: Remembering Doug Tompkins by Joy Martin

Doug Tompkins opens the door to a South American summer evening. At seventy-one—stooped and shuffling, a button-down...

May 18 • 2679 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 • 3587 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 • 1330 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 • 9209 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 • 1956 Views