Author archives: Luke

  • Climbing Past War by Stacy Bare

    May 26, 19 • 9318 Views • Locations1 Comment

    The uninitiated, those who don’t climb, always ask me why I do. I normally begin my response with the statement that I don’t climb enough. I’m a marginal climber at best and am thankful for many far superior climbing partners who humor me struggling up...

  • Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

    May 17, 19 • 7662 Views • Locations5 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...

  • Susie and The Gnar by Joshua Smith

    May 1, 19 • 385 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Some are blessed by fate With thews and spines of steel, Some work hard and fiercely fight To rise above the common weal. Words by Joshua Smith from Volume 15, now available Susie packed a bit of both In a frame of five foot three And to her the words on...

  • Mountaineering Changed My Perspective On Beauty by Rebecca Ross

    Apr 28, 19 • 2060 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Most women, at some point in their lives, get discouraged about their appearance because they may not possess the ideal body, according to societal standards. I was no different. I have always lived in predominantly white communities, and with that, feminine...

  • The Desert – is now officially released (plus Spring Book Tour)

    Apr 23, 19 • 910 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    “I’m not saying I’m going to rule the world, or I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” —Tupac Shakur Last Saturday, April 20th, was the official release for my fifth and final...

  • The Art of The First Ascent by Luke Mehall

    Apr 17, 19 • 669 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    You know you’re getting old when they start replacing the bolts you used for a first ascent. That was my first thought when I heard that an anchor I’d placed, over in my old stomping grounds of Gunnison, Colorado, was getting an update. Story by Luke...

  • Climbing En Plein Air by Birch Malotky

    Apr 2, 19 • 639 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The dance of renewal, the dance that made the world,  was always danced here at the edge of things…   —Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of The World   My first sense of it is auditory. I am walking toward the rim, eyes straining to see...

  • More To Give, The First Solo-Free Single-Day Ascent of El Capitan by Pete Whittaker

    Feb 26, 19 • 22566 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Walking up to the base of Freerider, I felt rested, light, but increasingly nervous. Two years ago, I’d never climbed a single big wall. Seven months ago, I’d never rope soloed a single pitch of climbing. I’d still never soloed a big wall in any way,...