Author archives: Luke

  • Birthing Into The Climbing World

    Jan 6, 13 • 3252 Views • Humor2 Comments

    My introduction to the climbing world came as a chance to try something different with my brother-in law. I was a gym-rat of sorts in regards to weight lifting, and that had an obvious effect on my first route ascension as I flailed around on the rock...

  • Gear Review: The Petzl Ange Finesse Quickdraws

    Jan 3, 13 • 7123 Views • GearNo Comments

    In the grand scheme of things, for my generation, climbing gear has always been rad. Cams have always been around, the Gri-Gri has been a staple, and ropes have been lightweight and performed at a high level. Many breakthroughs occurred before we started...

  • Book Review: The Responsible Company

    Jan 3, 13 • 9072 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    The Patagonia story: responsibly trying to reach sustainability by Luke Mehall “Most people under forty don’t watch the ads placed on TV…they fast forward through the boring bits when they watch the show after airtime on a laptop. They get their news...

  • Samson’s Top 5, Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer

    Jan 2, 13 • 6944 Views • Gear1 Comment

    Samson is back at it again, with his top favorite 5 products from the Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. The winter show is always second fiddle to the summer show in terms of new climbing products, so we had to dig a little deeper, and even selected...

  • Wide Boyz Review

    Dec 18, 12 • 10691 Views • Indian CreekNo Comments

    How did two guys from Great Britain, a place that doesn’t really have off-widths, go over and climb the hardest off-widths in the United States? The film Wide Boyz, delivers the answer, while analyzing the psyche of the two climbers, Pete Whittaker and Tom...

  • Out of The Darkness, Into The Light, Penitente Canyon

    Dec 17, 12 • 3018 Views • ColoradoNo Comments

    I woke up freezing in Penitente Canyon. It was Easter Sunday. This was back when my philosophy toward camping equipment was in its experimental stages, but I guess equipping for the great outdoors always is. [story by Luke Mehall, author of Climbing Out of...

  • Legalize It! A Climber’s Thoughts

    Dec 13, 12 • 7688 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    El Portrero Chico in Hidalgo, Mexico, is where we go to rock climb. It was New Year’s Eve, and we were there to escape the Colorado cold. The limestone walls soar into the heavens; tilt your head back to see vertical walls full of vegetation, walls where...

  • Birthday Challenge, Part 3: The Big Day

    Dec 5, 12 • 9177 Views • ColoradoNo Comments

    My favorite thing about climbing is that if you try hard enough you can always be a champion. It doesn’t matter if you are the best, it matters how it feels. [story by Luke Mehall] The Birthday Challenge is a concept passed from climber-to-climber, and I...