Author archives: Luke

  • The Desert and The Dog by Luke Mehall

    Jun 17, 18 • 748 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...

  • Time Continuum of Desert Road Tripping by Kevin Volkening

    Jun 5, 18 • 3317 Views • Climbing Culture2 Comments

    The Pinnacle of Technology, as we called her drifted through the endless space, the time continuum that is road tripping. Flakes of snow silently hurtled themselves at the windshield and accumulated on the invisible roadway beyond our high beams, as if the...

  • Review: Climb Tech Top Anchor Hook

    Jun 3, 18 • 2224 Views • GearNo Comments

    The construction style “Mussy Hook” has always been one of my least favorite pieces of climbing hardware to see at an anchor. They tend to get sharp quite easily from wear and tear, and their gates often stop functioning properly, leaving an open part of...

  • A Venture Backward, Inward, and Upward by Rhiannon Williams

    May 29, 18 • 2583 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    In Memory of Towyn Williams (1926 – 2016) I associate much of my childhood with a little white farmhouse in the Welsh countryside. My roots are firmly planted there. Planted between the rows of strawberries and the tunnels of raspberry bushes. by Rhiannon...

  • Review: Edelrid Topaz Rope

    May 28, 18 • 877 Views • GearNo Comments

    Doing a gear review Climbing Zine style for a rope is difficult. For starters our method for reviewing gear is simple: we use it in our normal day-to-day climbing, as anyone else would. We pay attention to what we like, and what we don’t. by Luke...

  • Fall on Rock by George Perkins

    May 25, 18 • 1987 Views • Climbing CultureNo 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?”...

  • Monster Cracks by Pete Whittaker

    May 5, 18 • 2759 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Over hundreds of thousands of years, water has trickled, raged, and poured down cracks and creases, winding and weaving through rock rugosities, and worn paths through weaknesses to form (what is now known as) Canyonlands. by Pete Whittaker note: this piece...

  • Dirtbag Paradise by Amber Roepke (a poem)

    May 2, 18 • 586 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    It’s your mom’s minivan pimped out And only seats two Because if it wasn’t hard enough to live in a van It’s way harder to hook up in one   With a full set of seats in the back Now it’s filled with old plastic bins Scattered with random...