Author archives: Luke

  • The Long Way Back by Mike Reddy

    Oct 1, 18 • 2365 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    “Oh you feel and you taste it and you want to go higher. So what do you do? And so you peak into the mountain where your desire goes. Spilt blood on this place it only echoes true all through the days. And so you peak into the mountain where your desire...

  • Monster Cracks by Pete Whittaker

    Sep 25, 18 • 3240 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...

  • Fall on Rock by George Perkins

    Sep 17, 18 • 3004 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?”...

  • Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

    Sep 12, 18 • 3297 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...

  • Going Out To Come Home by Stacy Bare

    Sep 11, 18 • 2804 Views • Locations1 Comment

    The night was cold, and where the moon and stars shone around patches of clouds, they were incredibly bright. There was no ambient light out here. I was standing on a half-finished patio attached to a half-finished house in an otherwise empty summer-herding...

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

    Aug 30, 18 • 3431 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...

  • An Existence of Persistence (a poem) by Devin Dabney

    Aug 20, 18 • 700 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    A passion that fuels Is one that burns brightly   Words by Devin Dabney. Photos by Angelique Brown. Published in Volume 13 of The Zine, now available.    The small space Between boredom and anxiety Where we form notoriety for lack of sobriety and...

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

    Aug 18, 18 • 928 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...