Author archives: Luke

  • Crack Friday

    Nov 6, 12 • 9213 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    Last night I watched Magic Trip, a film documenting Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ trip across the United States in a psychedelic-painted school bus. The film brought back some good memories of my hippie days, and reminded me again of the lineage that...

  • The Sanctity of High Places – On The Diamond by Drew Thayer

    Sep 12, 12 • 2730 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The clean smell of wet granite brings me to my senses like nothing else does. (Except maybe coffee…yeah, let’s all say it: thank god for coffee). Lately, it seems I’ve been basing my whole lifestyle around chasing that scent. I dream about it, in my...

  • The Spray Dictionary

    Aug 27, 12 • 15909 Views • Climbing Culture, Dirtbagging, HumorNo Comments

    spray: 1. Climbing talk. 2. A climbing conversation in which the unconscious ego enters, steering the chatter towards graceless self-aggrandizement. Sometimes in writing you write something, completely forget about it, and then scramble to find the...

  • Cragmama interviews Kai and Connie Lightner

    Jul 17, 12 • 6325 Views • SoutheastNo Comments

    I’ve interviewed a lot of climbing families over the last couple of years, and all of them have had one thing in common – the kids learned from their parents…that is, until I interviewed the Lightners. The story of university professor...

  • Just One More, B-Day Challenge Training

    Jul 16, 12 • 3060 Views • ColoradoNo Comments

    “Do you think there’s someday you’ll be content with just going for a hike?” Badger asks me in the midst of our training session yesterday. by Luke Mehall I reply that I hope so, but for now, I know I must climb rock for my satisfaction. No other form...

  • The Birthday Challenge

    Jul 11, 12 • 4665 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    In the modern world of rock climbing, we’ve invented lots of different ways to be competitive, but perhaps nothing is more enjoyable and personal than the “birthday challenge”. [story by Luke Mehall] Its beauty lies within the difficulty and personal...

  • Climbing Out of Bed Released Today

    Jul 4, 12 • 8613 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    By Luke Mehall – Today is a monumental day in my life, my book, Climbing Out of Bed, has been published. I thought I would publish my first book years ago, but honestly I’m glad I waited until now. I’m 33 years old, not too old for this occasion,...

  • Psicobloc Master’s Photos, Deep Water Soloing, The Future…

    Jul 3, 12 • 5345 Views • UtahNo Comments

    The future of competitive climbing arrived last night, in the form the Psicobloc Master’s event, held up in Park City, Utah. While The Climbing Zine is not big on climbing comps, this event was an exception. With 50 foot plus falls, and 2,000 plus...