Archive for the ‘Climbing Culture’ Category

  • The Desert (Mehall’s fifth book)

    Nov 12, 18 • 922 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    The Desert, Luke Mehall’s fifth and final book in his “dirtbag climber series” begins a Kickstarter campaign today to fund the book. The Desert is a logistical progression to Mehall’s memoir American Climber. In that book Mehall set...

  • The Desert and The Dog by Luke Mehall

    Nov 3, 18 • 1809 Views • Climbing CultureNo 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...

  • Powders of Persuasion by Luke Mehall (from The Desert)

    Oct 19, 18 • 1092 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    My college years in The Desert were adventurous and crazy, a complete immersion in the unknown. After I graduated, I began to roam from climbing area to climbing area, and The Desert seemed like just another destination on the circuit.   It was in that...

  • Basaseachi by Matt Spohn

    Oct 18, 18 • 1503 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    The teenage Federale slings his machine gun over his shoulder and bends toward my bag. Cocaine? he asks. Marijuana? I have a stash of weed stuffed in an ibuprofen container in the outside zipper of my backpack. No, I say. Josh stands behind me. He doesn’t...

  • The Long Way Back by Mike Reddy

    Oct 1, 18 • 2631 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...

  • The Painted Wall by Luke Mehall

    Aug 3, 18 • 1042 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    It is like any other start to a day of climbing in the Black Canyon. Dave and I are up before the sun, throwing down coffee and a quick breakfast, and assembling all the hardware needed for the day’s climb. We gently descend down the Cruise Gully, careful...

  • Going It Alone by Vic Zeilman

    Jun 25, 18 • 4601 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    At some point in my early to midtwenties, I came to the conclusion that life is not about rock climbing. There’s just too much other crazy shit happening every day on this beautiful clump of space dust. The older I get, however, the more I realize that...

  • Time Continuum of Desert Road Tripping by Kevin Volkening

    Jun 5, 18 • 4356 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...