Author archives: Luke

  • Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

    Jun 20, 18 • 1324 Views • Locations2 Comments

    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 a teacher, he managed to combine a sense of high expectations with a stunning lack of...

  • Read The Zine – Deals for the Week

    Jun 6, 18 • 670 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    We know you’re stoked to “read the zine” so we’re now offering a deal every week. Here’s what we have going on this week. (banner photo by Tom Randall) Vol. 12 and 11 individual copies for $5.99 (free shipping in U.S.)  One...

  • Time Continuum of Desert Road Tripping by Kevin Volkening

    Jun 5, 18 • 3160 Views • Climbing Culture2 Comments

    The Pinnacle of Technology, as we called her drifted through the endless space, the time continuum that is road tripping. Flakes of snow silently hurtled themselves at the windshield and accumulated on the invisible roadway beyond our high beams, as if the...

  • Review: Climb Tech Top Anchor Hook

    Jun 3, 18 • 2136 Views • GearNo Comments

    The construction style “Mussy Hook” has always been one of my least favorite pieces of climbing hardware to see at an anchor. They tend to get sharp quite easily from wear and tear, and their gates often stop functioning properly, leaving an open part of...

  • A Venture Backward, Inward, and Upward by Rhiannon Williams

    May 29, 18 • 2441 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    In Memory of Towyn Williams (1926 – 2016) I associate much of my childhood with a little white farmhouse in the Welsh countryside. My roots are firmly planted there. Planted between the rows of strawberries and the tunnels of raspberry bushes. by Rhiannon...

  • Review: Edelrid Topaz Rope

    May 28, 18 • 814 Views • GearNo Comments

    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 anyone else would. We pay attention to what we like, and what we don’t. by Luke...

  • Fall on Rock by George Perkins

    May 25, 18 • 1721 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    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 her. “We don’t have more time. We have to get help,” I replied. “What happened?”...

  • Monster Cracks by Pete Whittaker

    May 5, 18 • 2674 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Over hundreds of thousands of years, water has trickled, raged, and poured down cracks and creases, winding and weaving through rock rugosities, and worn paths through weaknesses to form (what is now known as) Canyonlands. by Pete Whittaker note: this piece...