Author archives: Luke

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

    Apr 19, 18 • 3432 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    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, I overheard from the kitchen. Together, we had been stunned by a hero’s suicide and his...

  • One Year Sub. and One Year For A Friend

    Apr 18, 18 • 52 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    The 1 year for you, 1 year for a friend is back. For $29.99 you can get two subscriptions: one for yourself and one for that buddy who just saved your ass on that recent epic. Here’s the beta, and thanks for doing the #1 thing to support The Zine:...

  • The Enormocast: A Review

    Apr 17, 18 • 137 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Note: this piece was originally written for The Gulch, a fine, free magazine out of Durango, Colorado.  Enormocast: climbing’s favorite podcast Reviewed by: Luke Mehall There I was—in a rundown motel in Salt Lake City sitting across from Chris Kalous...

  • The Desert and The Dog by Luke Mehall

    Apr 17, 18 • 160 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    This is the most beautiful place on Earth, but of course, like Cactus Ed Abbey said, every person carries in their heart an image of the ideal place, the right place. This is just the right place for me. But, right now, something is not right, and it’s...

  • Going Out To Come Home by Stacy Bare

    Apr 9, 18 • 522 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The night was cold, and where the moon and stars shone around patches of clouds, they were incredibly bright. There was no ambient light out here. I was standing on a half-finished patio attached to a half-finished house in an otherwise empty summer-herding...

  • Fall on Rock by George Perkins

    Apr 4, 18 • 678 Views • LocationsNo 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?”...

  • On Fear, Climbing, and Depression by Sonya Pevzner

    Mar 29, 18 • 1548 Views • Locations1 Comment

    Trigger warning: This article discusses topics of depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. For some, the content may be triggering. Please use your own judgment, and if you feel that you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Hotline at...

  • Icons In Danger and Desert Medicine by Birch Malotky

    Mar 27, 18 • 1735 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Joshua Tree National Park is a refuge. I don’t know if I’d decided this by then, sitting folded into the crook of Cyclops Rock, but I felt it. The stone bench was smooth, from water and wind and hands and feet and seats, narrow enough to let our legs...