Archive for the ‘Climbing Culture’ Category

  • Review: Lowa Alpine Pro GTX (womens)

    Dec 5, 18 • 3668 Views • Climbing Culture, GearNo Comments

    Usually, just the thought of a new pair of mountaineering boots would make my feet ache, but that is not the case with the Lowa Alpine Pro GTX.  These boots were comfortable straight out of the box. Reviewed by: Amy Stevens (banner photo © Cody Tuttle) The...

  • The Giving Bolt, An Ode To The Bolt by Jimmy Keithley

    Nov 30, 18 • 1668 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Well here we are, old bolt; let me just say this before I remove you. You should be proud because great care was taken when you were placed. Questions were asked, such as: Was this the best spot for you? Was there any place for passive pro? Would you be...

  • The Desert (Mehall’s fifth book)

    Nov 12, 18 • 1851 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 • 2857 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 • 1936 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 era that...

  • Basaseachi by Matt Spohn

    Oct 18, 18 • 2516 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 • 3332 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 • 1878 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...