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Review: Sterling Velocity Rope

Jul 29 • 501 Views • No Comments on 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 skinny line. I know that because I...

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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 • 220 Views

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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 • 296 Views

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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 • 296 Views

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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 • 355 Views

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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 • 416 Views

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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 • 382 Views

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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 • 768 Views

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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 • 833 Views

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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 • 746 Views

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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 • 706 Views

A wet snow started dumping as we topped out 'Whorehouse Hoses' and this jacket kept the author dry and warm. Photo: David Fay

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 • 3623 Views

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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 • 529 Views

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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 • 842 Views

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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 • 677 Views

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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 • 783 Views

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Zine State of Mind Gear – Discount Code

“Everythings fine I’m in a dirtbag state of mind” In addition to getting our zines, e-zines and books out there, The...

Dec 18 • 2740 Views

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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 • 1465 Views

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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 • 1830 Views

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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 • 1942 Views

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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 • 1429 Views

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Review: Trango Crag Pack

Tim and I had been arguing over one of the unique features of the Trango Crag Pack for weeks – it comes with quart-size trash bags to...

Oct 17 • 839 Views

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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 • 3322 Views

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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 • 1494 Views

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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 • 1428 Views

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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 • 1320 Views

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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 • 2823 Views

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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 • 1344 Views

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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 • 4347 Views

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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 • 1094 Views

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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 • 2226 Views

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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 • 1620 Views

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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 • 1958 Views

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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 • 8770 Views

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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 • 1765 Views

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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 • 5082 Views

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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 • 3347 Views

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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 • 1441 Views

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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 • 14806 Views

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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 • 5763 Views

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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 • 6370 Views

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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 • 5395 Views

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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 • 1756 Views

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Review: Mammut Sensor Rope

The Mammut Sensor is a perfect name for a rope that encourages safety in the way it feels and handles. Retail: 60 meter, 10mm: $299.95 ...

Nov 1 • 2220 Views

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Review: Edelrid Corbie 8.6mm Rope

Light is Right! is the new slogan for today’s alpinism. We pare down the grams in our clothing, sleep systems, and carabiners…but is it...

Oct 25 • 3593 Views

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Review: Evolv Addict

For a climbing slipper priced under $100 the Evolv Addict may be the best out there. The Addicts are a comfortable and durable shoe and one...

Oct 7 • 2566 Views

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Review: Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody

Soft-shell clothing has become popular over the years because of its adaptability, allowing athletes to bring fewer clothes and be more...

Sep 11 • 3939 Views

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Review: Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Device

There’s always room for innovation in climbing gear, but I thought belay devices had been pretty well figured out. I clip my ATC Guide to...

Sep 4 • 7816 Views

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Review: 5.10 Guides

The 5.10 Guide Tennies have long been my favorite approach shoes. I like them primarily for two reasons: the burly sticky rubber on the...

Aug 3 • 3099 Views

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Review: The Belaggles, Belay Glasses

“What are those?” I’ve been asked that question 20 times in the last month, while testing out my new belay glasses. They look like a...

Aug 1 • 5806 Views

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Hope In The Desert (an excerpt from American Climber by Luke Mehall)

Aug 17 • 217 Views • No Comments on Hope In The Desert (an excerpt from American Climber by Luke Mehall)

Then, when all seemed like peace had been restored to my existence, 9/11 happened. I was out on a morning jog, something I’d added to my climbing training, and I was...

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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....

Aug 10 • 583 Views

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For The Love of Climbing, A short Film by Kathy Karlo

Good friend of The Climbing Zine, and contributor for our next issue, Kathy Karlo recently created this beautiful short...

Aug 9 • 711 Views

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Sacred Space by Drew Thayer (art by Rhiannon Williams)

Right now, this detail is all that matters: the carabiner just fell back into the crack, and you’re staring it down...

Jul 31 • 321 Views

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Benighted in The Black Canyon – (excerpt from American Climber by Luke Mehall)

My path as a climber had to face a most real enemy: pure unadulterated fear. This fear manifested itself in the biggest...

Jul 28 • 1887 Views

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A Love Letter To Climbing by Ana Ally

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

Jul 22 • 1184 Views

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The Rest of The Story from Our Open Letter to Climbing Magazine

When one seeks out to know the full truth in a situation it seems like there are always twists and turns. But if you...

Jul 22 • 1286 Views

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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...

Jul 21 • 836 Views

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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...

Jul 20 • 855 Views

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Freedom (a poem) by Luke Mehall

Freedom, where are you? I found you briefly, growing up in the flatlands And then, you were flattened By growing up,...

Jul 1 • 279 Views

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Modern Climbers: The Ever Evolving and Expansive Climbing Scene by Cyrena Lee

I’ve been climbing for a just over a year now. The first time I pulled on real rock was only a few months ago. Before...

Jun 24 • 7223 Views

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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 • 2846 Views

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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...

Jun 21 • 559 Views

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The Long Run, a profile of Alan Carne by Luke Mehall

“There were no girls when I started climbing [in England],” Alan said, in a tone more serious than joking. I’d...

Jun 13 • 800 Views

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Stoner’s Highway by Luke Mehall (an excerpt from American Climber)

I figured that it would be just a regular outing on the rock that would pose only minor difficulties given the 5.10...

Jun 13 • 305 Views

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50 Shades of Dirtbag by Georgie Abel and Luke Mehall

While many of you are just starting to savor the latest Climbing Zine, Volume 8, The Old School Issue, at the Zine...

Jun 7 • 1637 Views

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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 • 929 Views

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The Vulnerable Man — My experience writing American Climber

Without climbing I’d be dead or in jail. This is not the first piece I’ve ever started off with those words. But in...

Apr 15 • 1108 Views

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Protecting Abbey Country – Love Letters To The Desert

I am sitting in front of my computer, doing what I do to make my pennies, but in a few hours, when my writing is done,...

Mar 20 • 393 Views

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Rock Climbing Gives Us Feminism by Georgie Abel

“What about you, Georgie? Are you a feminist?” I was sitting around a campfire with a group of friends. I...

Mar 18 • 1718 Views

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Review – High on Moab by Karl Kelley

“This book is a gift…Karl’s gift to you,” writes Fred Knapp from Sharp End Publishing, in the foreword for the...

Mar 11 • 3020 Views

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Review: Yosemite In The Fifties

The story of climbing in Yosemite is one that is well known and well told, and at times it seems like it’s the only...

Mar 10 • 989 Views

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Volume 7 – Live Preview, Volume 8 Drops on March 20th

The Climbing Zine is now available on Kindle and in print. Volume 7: dirtbags, crag dogs, hyenas, and free solos...

Feb 23 • 1806 Views

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Book Review: The Alchemy of Action by Doug Robinson

Books often inspire me more than the imagery or dialogue in a movie and I think it has to do with the fact that a book...

Feb 16 • 996 Views

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Who Will Fight For Our Right?

Note: this article was originally published in The Durango Telegraph. Last week my monthly contribution to the Durango...

Feb 11 • 518 Views

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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...

Jan 20 • 1419 Views

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Climbing In The City of Fountains by Allen Schaidle

Kansas City is situated in the navel of the United States surrounded by rolling hills, which make for beautiful...

Jan 19 • 1382 Views

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Just One More, The Acquired Taste of New Routes in Indian Creek

“Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right” Scarlet Begonias by...

Jan 3 • 1024 Views

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The Mammal In The Mirror by Drew Thayer

“Never pass up an opportunity to shut the hell up” I don’t have to squint to read the bumper sticker; it’s...

Jan 2 • 649 Views

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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...

Dec 28 • 1950 Views

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Review: Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold

Every sport has a Michael Jordan, the athlete whose fame stretches well beyond the playing field, and for climbing that...

Dec 14 • 1143 Views

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A Mt. Whitney Vignette by Hannah Lily Hall

My hands gripped a small undercling in the alcove I had been resting in. I looked up at the move I would perform. Full...

Dec 13 • 1639 Views

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Hear Mehall on The Enormocast

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

Dec 11 • 2248 Views

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Vertical Desires in the Midwest Flatlands by Dakota Walz

Morning light reflects bright off the white granite ledge as my pal Patrick is slowly pushing our rope up pitch 4 of...

Dec 3 • 2926 Views

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The Sisterhood of the Rope by Rhiannon Williams

We pull into the Supercrack parking lot in a rusty, mud smothered Subaru, named Shelly. The lot is dotted with similar...

Dec 2 • 2409 Views

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A Jack In The Box In The Chalk Bag by Spenser Tang-Smith

I woke up before dawn in the parking lot of an apartment complex. My girlfriend and I had been living on the road for...

Nov 11 • 9471 Views

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A Truly Stolen Chimney, Hilarity on Ancient Art

True climbing encourages bravery and induces suffering. It’s at the heart of the endeavor, and all seasoned climbers...

Oct 18 • 1432 Views

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Hip-Hop and Climbing by Luke Mehall

The fringe is where the magic happens. Four climbers pack into The Freedom Mobile, a graffiti-ed vehicle, spray painted...

Oct 14 • 3012 Views

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New Wall in Indian Creek

As of last weekend there’s a brand new wall in Indian Creek: The Dove Creek Wall. The best part is it’s in...

Oct 9 • 1195 Views

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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...

Oct 7 • 5208 Views

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Crevasses and The Danger of Bad Judgement by Seth Adams

It was sunny, warm and beautiful. There was no wind, and we were walking across the glacier to the base of our route....

Sep 27 • 2490 Views

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Castles Made of Sand

As climbers we all have that place, that favorite place where we’ve pushed ourselves to the limit and back, the...

Sep 22 • 1108 Views

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Modern Dirtbags: The Workbag

Note: this is a new column for the Zine, Modern Dirtbags The dirtbag in us never dies, but we do grow up. I lived as a...

Sep 14 • 4652 Views

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Straight Outta Squampton

I’ve got a confession to make people: I haven’t seen “Straight Outta Compton” yet. Like many hip-hop fans...

Sep 8 • 912 Views

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A Tribute To The Golden Hour by Drew Thayer

Sometimes, the balm of the day is Happy Hour, when we can leave the stress and bustle of work and bike over to a...

Aug 8 • 1048 Views

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Is The Dirtbag Dead?

“I was crazy and I was wild and I have seen the tiger smile.” Drive On by Johnny Cash This zine has come a long way...

Jul 24 • 9259 Views

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The Dirtbag Dictionary

Ever wondered what kind of dirtbag you are? Or have you spotted a hipster that kind of looked like a dirtbag? After...

Jul 23 • 20099 Views

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Rewilding – After Prison, Adventures in The Wild

editor’s note: Last month we got word of a very inspiring project called Rewilding. The project is centered...

Jul 18 • 1175 Views

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Visions of Clark Mountain by Georgie Abel

I wish I could tell you all about Clark in the exact way that my brain experiences it. But that has proven to be very...

Jul 8 • 895 Views

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Review: Of Love and Stone by Alan S. North

There is something to be said about reading books written by rock climbers – they seem to consistently capture the...

Jun 16 • 1015 Views