Author archives: Luke

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

    Aug 18, 18 • 687 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...

  • A Climber Who Cries (a poem) by Luke Mehall

    Aug 17, 18 • 299 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Do only writers cry when a writer dies? Do only musicians cry when a guitar player dies? Do only climbers cry when a climber dies?   Lately I’ve cried from my eyes when people I don’t know die   And lately there’s been a lot of them   by...

  • Read The Zine – Deals for the Week

    Aug 17, 18 • 1267 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    We know you’re stoked to “read the zine” so we’re now offering a deal every week. Here’s what we have going on this week. (banner photo by Tom Randall) One Year Subscription for $14.99 Two Year Subscription for $28.99 Volumes 10,...

  • Basaseachi by Matt Spohn

    Aug 15, 18 • 556 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...

  • A Marriage On The Rocks by Barbara Noseworthy

    Aug 13, 18 • 566 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 • 1069 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...

  • Portaledge Protesting In Tasmania by Joy Martin

    Aug 5, 18 • 5333 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 • 379 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...