Author archives: Luke

  • Hayden by Andrew Bisharat

    Apr 20, 18 • 1180 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Hayden, I am just so sad that you’re gone. The news struck me like a train. It literally knocked me off my feet. Since then I have felt waves of sadness and spasms of tears that continue to bring me to my knees. The circumstances of your death still seem...

  • The Joy Pendulum, Swinging High and Low in Yosemite Valley by Lauren DeLaunay

    Apr 19, 18 • 4251 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    As I listened to my boyfriend make his tenth phone call of the hour, I absentmindedly stirred vegetables and reflected on the events of the past month. Fuck this season, I overheard from the kitchen. Together, we had been stunned by a hero’s suicide and his...

  • The Enormocast: A Review

    Apr 17, 18 • 452 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Note: this piece was originally written for The Gulch, a fine, free magazine out of Durango, Colorado.  Enormocast: climbing’s favorite podcast Reviewed by: Luke Mehall There I was—in a rundown motel in Salt Lake City sitting across from Chris Kalous...

  • Looking Out The Window While Driving by Matt Spohn (a poem)

    Apr 3, 18 • 260 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    Dusk comes gold Off the dust of farmlands Where tractors still plow Fields nestled below mountains Dressed in ribbons of ash. Forest fires burn fifty miles away   I pray for this landscape The surreal beauty. Dangerous beauty. Gone-in-an-instant beauty...

  • On Fear, Climbing, and Depression by Sonya Pevzner

    Mar 29, 18 • 2316 Views • Locations1 Comment

    Trigger warning: This article discusses topics of depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. For some, the content may be triggering. Please use your own judgment, and if you feel that you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Hotline at...

  • Icons In Danger and Desert Medicine by Birch Malotky

    Mar 27, 18 • 2353 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Joshua Tree National Park is a refuge. I don’t know if I’d decided this by then, sitting folded into the crook of Cyclops Rock, but I felt it. The stone bench was smooth, from water and wind and hands and feet and seats, narrow enough to let our legs...

  • Volume 12 now available

    Mar 2, 18 • 935 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    Volume 12 is now printed and can be ordered here.  The story only version is also available on Kindle.  Below is a list of the essays included in Volume 12. Cover shot is of Pete Whittaker on the Lamb of God in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Photo by...

  • Adventures With Two Tent Timmy

    Feb 20, 18 • 3287 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    “If Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends.” Empire State of Mind by Jay Z Some call him Two Tent Timmy, some Gold Tooth Timmy, while others may know him by his comedic, pseudo, weatherman name T-Drizzle. I call him all these, as well as...