Author archives: Luke

  • Basaseachi by Matt Spohn

    Aug 15, 18 • 90 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    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 stuffed in an ibuprofen container in the outside zipper of my backpack. No, I say. Josh stands behind me. He doesn’t...

  • Pain and Perseverance: Linking Sixteen Towers in a Day

    Aug 14, 18 • 349 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    “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 there; we drove it a couple years ago!” I fired back. We hadn’t even started an ordeal that would surely drive us to our wits’ ends,...

  • A Marriage On The Rocks by Barbara Noseworthy

    Aug 13, 18 • 389 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    It’s 1981, and I’m 22 years old, about to graduate from college, trying to sort out what happens next. And there’s this guy I really like. He’s good looking, smart, funny, and a rock climber. I confess, I had this thing for rock climbers, especially...

  • A Culture of Climbing: An Interview with Len Necefer

    Aug 8, 18 • 851 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    “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 to model a way of approaching the sport that doesn’t re-create the conflicts (between climbers and Navajo people) that occurred decades...

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

    Aug 7, 18 • 504 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    This story starts and ends with a chicken. On a bright morning in a high valley of the Hindu Kush, the doomed bird lay pinned atop a low stone wall that had been built by local goat herders. One sharp birdie eye looked up into the cloudless sky, the heavens a...

  • Portaledge Protesting In Tasmania by Joy Martin

    Aug 5, 18 • 4266 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    “They’re not like those trees,” said five-year-old Remi Middendorf, pointing at the young birches lining the hot springs. “They’re special trees.” Her Australian accent with an adorable lisp made the word special sound extraspecial, like she knew...

  • Volume 13 Now Available

    Aug 3, 18 • 295 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Volume 13 of The Zine is now printed and available to order. Here’s a look at the introduction from our publisher, Luke Mehall. Cover photo by Sagar Gondalia. Introduction   Welcome to Volume 13 of The Climbing Zine. From the vertical search of flying...

  • The Painted Wall by Luke Mehall

    Aug 3, 18 • 417 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    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 breakfast, and assembling all the hardware needed for the day’s climb. We gently descend down the Cruise Gully, careful...