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Fall on Rock by George Perkins

Sep 17 • 2642 Views • No Comments on 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 whispered so weakly that I had to lean close to hear...

Read The Zine – Deals for the Week

We know you’re stoked to “read the zine” so we’re now offering a deal every week. Here’s what we have going...

Aug 17 • 1276 Views

Basaseachi by Matt Spohn

The teenage Federale slings his machine gun over his shoulder and bends toward my bag. Cocaine? he asks. Marijuana? I have a stash of weed...

Aug 15 • 569 Views

The Painted Wall by Luke Mehall

It is like any other start to a day of climbing in the Black Canyon. Dave and I are up before the sun, throwing down coffee and a quick...

Aug 3 • 582 Views

Write for The Climbing Zine

The Climbing Zine is currently accepting stories for Volume 14. Below are our loose guidelines, informal pitches from solid writers are...

Jul 15 • 2255 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 beloved retailers where...

Jul 1 • 2462 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 too much other...

Jun 25 • 4139 Views

Time Continuum of Desert Road Tripping by Kevin Volkening

The Pinnacle of Technology, as we called her drifted through the endless space, the time continuum that is road tripping. Flakes of snow...

Jun 5 • 3749 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 countryside. My...

May 29 • 2908 Views

Hayden by Andrew Bisharat

Hayden, I am just so sad that you’re gone. The news struck me like a train. It literally knocked me off my feet. Since then I have felt...

Apr 20 • 1472 Views

Volume 12 now available

Volume 12 is now printed and can be ordered here.  The story only version is also available on Kindle.  Below is a list of the essays...

Mar 2 • 1150 Views

Fresh Zine Store and New Access Fund Member Discounts

The Climbing Zine has recently updated our online store – with your experience in mind – and we’ve even added a few back...

Feb 1 • 1561 Views

Luke Mehall 2018 Book Tour/Presentation Schedule

Luke Mehall, Publisher of The Climbing Zine will be embarking on a modest U.S. book tour this year, celebrating the release of the second...

Jan 28 • 937 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 hideousness. My...

Dec 27 • 6132 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 the traditions of...

Jun 22 • 9065 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 for all your days...

Jun 7 • 1656 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 burning the...

May 26 • 4601 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 shirt tucked into...

May 18 • 3405 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 United States in 2011....

May 9 • 4127 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 essence of climbing...

May 7 • 10555 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 Desert You know why I...

May 3 • 2538 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 bygone continent, is...

Apr 30 • 2098 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 new toilet in the...

Mar 30 • 5653 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 or two if you like...

Mar 27 • 5183 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 parking lot Somewhere in...

Mar 16 • 2677 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 Lightsocket the...

Mar 6 • 1464 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 your desire goes....

Mar 6 • 2111 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, of mountain lions...

Mar 1 • 1947 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 breath of wind here...

Feb 21 • 6830 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 up against the mesa...

Feb 18 • 5348 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 describe its power, its...

Feb 12 • 3713 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 boyfriend and I...

Feb 8 • 40764 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 valued the virtue of...

Feb 7 • 2686 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 Zine was going to...

Dec 25 • 3678 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 work for a few hours;...

Dec 2 • 3013 Views

Becoming A Modern Dirtbag by James Lucas

Every day 500,000 outdoor enthusiasts* put on a pair of rock shoes for the first time. But with every new climber joining the tribe,...

Aug 22 • 9975 Views

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 just met Alan Carne...

Jun 13 • 4518 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 Park, Utah by Luke...

May 29 • 1376 Views

Lindsey Schauer: The Quintessential Climbing Mom

In the Last Pitch section of the new Climbing Zine, there’s a great, sentimental piece, written by Mallory Logan. Titled “The...

Sep 30 • 4359 Views

Hippies, Dirtbags, and A Gift From Grandma

When I was in my later years of being a teenager I was convinced that I was born too late. I wanted to live in the 1960s. I was going...

Jul 16 • 4039 Views

Seth Adams on Negotiating Rest Days and Relationship Building

I’d been reading a book on relationships. It suggests not to spring things on your partner; that if you have bad news you should give...

Jun 3 • 3815 Views

Climbing Haikus

Last month The Climbing Zine hosted “Climbers’ Beer Night” at Carver Brewing Company in Durango, Colorado and had a Haiku...

Mar 31 • 3450 Views

Hear Mehall On The Dirtbag Diaries

Publisher of The Climbing Zine, Luke Mehall, follows his dreams, no matter how absurd. Recently the Dirtbag Diaries podcast asked him to...

Mar 13 • 3174 Views

Book Review: Forget Me Not by Jennifer Lowe-Anker

“The best climber is the one having the most fun.” Alex Lowe  This is a new column for The Climbing Zine, and a space we’ll use each...

Jan 27 • 5179 Views

A Legend Passes On

Last month I wrote an article on bromance, which as it turns out, has been my most popular article I’ve ever written for, the...

Sep 12 • 9075 Views

Perfectical Prose Perfectical Prose

Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

Sep 12 • 2567 Views • 2 Comments on Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

My father taught me how to climb, just as he taught me how to play guitar and ski—badly, I could say. But that isn’t quite right. Perhaps impatiently or unevenly. As...

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...

Sep 11 • 2581 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...

Sep 1 • 2818 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...

Aug 30 • 3237 Views

Pain and Perseverance: Linking Sixteen Towers in a Day

“If you just stop for a second, I can show you there’s no road out there!” Ben said. “I know there’s a road...

Aug 21 • 752 Views

An Existence of Persistence (a poem) by Devin Dabney

A passion that fuels Is one that burns brightly   Words by Devin Dabney. Photos by Angelique Brown. Published in...

Aug 20 • 497 Views

Powders of Persuasion by Luke Mehall

My college years in The Desert were adventurous and crazy, a complete immersion in the unknown. After I graduated, I...

Aug 20 • 377 Views

The Salajeet Collectors (Or Flying Squirrels in Pakistan) by Amanda Forrest

This story starts and ends with a chicken. On a bright morning in a high valley of the Hindu Kush, the doomed bird lay...

Aug 18 • 690 Views

A Climber Who Cries (a poem) by Luke Mehall

Do only writers cry when a writer dies? Do only musicians cry when a guitar player dies? Do only climbers cry when a...

Aug 17 • 305 Views

A Marriage On The Rocks by Barbara Noseworthy

It’s 1981, and I’m 22 years old, about to graduate from college, trying to sort out what happens next. And...

Aug 13 • 569 Views

A Culture of Climbing: An Interview with Len Necefer

“I try to pursue my enjoyment with the idea that folks care and love for the land the way I do for my own home. I try...

Aug 8 • 1074 Views

Portaledge Protesting In Tasmania by Joy Martin

“They’re not like those trees,” said five-year-old Remi Middendorf, pointing at the young birches lining the hot...

Aug 5 • 5344 Views

Volume 13 Now Available

Volume 13 of The Zine is now printed and available to order. Here’s a look at the introduction from our...

Aug 3 • 380 Views

Love Letter To Climbing by Sara Aranda

Every once and a while I bust out my typewriters for a writing contest. This year at the International Climbers Fest in...

Jul 27 • 580 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...

Jul 20 • 2990 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...

Jun 27 • 6240 Views

Reflections in The Black by Vic Zeilman

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

Jun 24 • 3260 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...

Jun 17 • 1018 Views

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...

Apr 19 • 4410 Views

The Enormocast: A Review

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

Apr 17 • 570 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 • 3094 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 • 3558 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 • 4335 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 • 1863 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 • 18514 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 • 3775 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 • 3888 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 • 1941 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 • 3150 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 • 1844 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 • 1080 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 • 4320 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 • 10326 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 • 870 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 • 3924 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 • 3940 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 • 3191 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 • 1191 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 • 1316 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 • 15575 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 • 1779 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 • 2441 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 • 1651 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 • 2160 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 • 8238 Views