Author archives: Luke

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

    Sep 12, 17 • 97 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    As we’ve grown from a black and white stapled together zine to our full color book/magazine hybrid we currently have today, our goal has been to constantly refine The Climbing Zine. As Volume 11—Choss, Solos, and Reflection—is about to be released...

  • Up (and over) the Pope’s Nose by Josh Smith

    Sep 4, 17 • 812 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    “Think we could throw a haul bag out of an airplane? That would make the approach really easy.” Kennan was looking at me and Jeff with a twinkle in his eye, and unsure if he was serious, I asked, “Can you even open a plane door in flight, and if you...

  • Going It Alone by Vic Zeilman

    Aug 19, 17 • 1409 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    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 crazy shit happening every day on this beautiful clump of space dust. The older I get, however, the more I realize that...

  • Where to Find The Climbing Zine – Independent Outlets

    Aug 16, 17 • 451 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The Climbing Zine and Benighted Publications pride ourselves on independent distribution. Below is a list of our beloved retailers where you can find our zines, books, and merchandise. Don’t see your favorite shop/bookstore/gym on this list? Give us an...

  • The Burnout by Luke Mehall

    Aug 9, 17 • 580 Views • Locations, UncategorizedNo Comments

    It was many, many years before I realized that this environment in The Desert was the ultimate. I just didn’t see it. The climbing was too hard, too painful, too demanding. Perhaps I just had to get through the fire, the burnout, before I fell in love. I...

  • Granite Trinity by Michelle Dedischew

    Aug 8, 17 • 372 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    One thousand twenty-seven. One thousand twenty-eight. One thousand twenty-nine. My head is lost in some sort of vortex. I’m not sure if I was I counting the steps from the parking lot to the base of this ocean of a wall…maybe it was the rhythm of my...

  • Dirtbag State of Mind Hats by Peter W Gilroy

    Aug 1, 17 • 793 Views • GearNo Comments

    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 State of Mind” hats, created with metal work from Peter W. Gilroy. We’re proud to announce these are...

  • Return of The Dirtbag in Crested Butte, Colorado

    Jul 29, 17 • 390 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

      Tuesday, September 5th  6:00 p.m. Townie Books 414 Elk Ave. Crested Butte, Colorado The dirtbags are coming! As Bob Dylan once sang, “The vagabond who’s knocking at your door, is standing in the clothes that you once wore”. This Tuesday, at...