Author archives: Luke

  • Do Not Go Outside To Cry by Kathy Karlo

    Nov 15, 17 • 1389 Views • Locations1 Comment

    I see it being used all around me to describe women, often by other women: badass. I have always considered it to have a good connotation, as it implies confidence with a splash of style. Diverse, strong-willed women deserve an empowering word that delivers a...

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Choss by Steve “Crusher” Bartlett

    Nov 14, 17 • 421 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Mudstrosity Yes, it wobbled. Three feet high, one foot wide, a foot deep, probably outweighing me, the block sat at arm’s reach above my head. No way to avoid tangling with it—I was standing in aiders, hanging from a piton. I should bolt around it… by...

  • Silent Partners by Luke Mehall

    Nov 13, 17 • 356 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    I know he knows. Adam Lawton is proud. In every group of adventurers, there is a leader, and every great leader must be a visionary. Adam dreamed the dreams for the entire crew. He found excitement in little breakthroughs, like the time I got a job...

  • An Excerpt from Chris Kalman’s “As Above, So Below”

    Nov 8, 17 • 317 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    Part 1 He woke in darkness blinking, the memory of a bad dream clinging to the furrows of his mind like a dissipating residue. As his mind adjusted to waking life, he noticed the boy. His son. Aidan. The boy breathed softly beside him, still tussling with his...

  • Bad Climbing Daddy by D Scott Borden

    Nov 7, 17 • 1285 Views • Locations1 Comment

    My one-year-old and I are in Rocklands, South Africa, when I let a stinky one slip inside a bouldering cave, causing all the other climbers to turn and stare at me in disgust. I point to my unattended toddler, who has been screaming and running underneath...

  • Creeksgiving: Rising In Flame/Out of Darkness/With The Sun by Sara Aranda

    Nov 6, 17 • 448 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Creeksgiving, 11.24.2016 Hungry, fervent hyenas, eyeing the foil and fire, giggling with the steam and prospect of turkey. Side dishes begin to pop up around the table: sweet potato, mac and cheese, sausage vegetable medley, cornbread stuffing infused with...

  • Off Route: Naked Nose In A Day by Jonathan Fleury

    Nov 2, 17 • 366 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Back in May, while hanging out in El Cap Meadow, I overheard a friend talking about Leah’s goal to climb The Nose naked, and instantly I wanted to be a part of that climb. A couple weeks later, sure enough, we set off at 4:38 a.m. After about ten minutes of...

  • For The Sake Of The Song by Chris Parker

    Oct 31, 17 • 309 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    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. —Townes Van Zandt, “For the Sake of the Song” I was singing my heart out. The words I’d set to music were sure to capture her attention, so...