Archive for the ‘Climbing Culture’ Category

  • Tom Randall: Wide Boy, Small Ego, Big Heart by Luke Mehall

    May 9, 17 • 3938 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Like most desert rats, I first heard of Tom Randall during his and Pete Whittaker’s infamous off-width tour of the United States in 2011. Both hailing from the United Kingdom, with very little access to actual off-widths, they constructed their own in...

  • Are We Born to Climb? by D Scott Borden

    May 7, 17 • 9933 Views • Climbing Culture2 Comments

    Is climbing as innate as sharing, copulating, greed, or even walking? Many evolutionary biologists would offer that the essence of climbing can be found in our DNA. It is hardwired into us, this desire to be in the vertical world. And beyond that desire, our...

  • Go To The Desert (a poem) by Luke Mehall

    May 3, 17 • 2286 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Go to the desert Or whatever place Is The Desert To You by Luke Mehall, photo by: Greg Cairns For me it’s The Desert You know why I capitalized that shit The blue sky Doesn’t know that Donald Trump is President And maybe, you too. Should forget...

  • Effort and Folly on Mount Waddington by Drew Thayer

    Apr 30, 17 • 1784 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Humbled The cam lobes slide in the fissure as I test it, useless. This dark, metamorphic rock, tortured entrails of a bygone continent, is too slick and brittle for our modern hardware. As if the old recognizes the young: Who are you, whippersnapper, with...

  • Explaining a Memorial Toilet

    Mar 30, 17 • 5323 Views • Climbing Culture2 Comments

    A memorial toilet is a hard thing to explain. But that’s exactly what my friends were constructing last weekend, a new toilet in the Super Bowl campground in Indian Creek, Utah to honor a fallen comrade, Kevin “K-Bone” Volkening, who died doing what he...

  • Hear Mehall on The Enormocast

    Mar 27, 17 • 4960 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Check out Climbing Zine publisher, Luke Mehall on the Enormocast with Chris Kalous. Please throw the Enormocast a buck or two if you like what they’re doing by clicking on the “Donate” tab on their site (upper right hand corner)...

  • Walmart Parking Lot (a poem) by Georgie Abel

    Mar 16, 17 • 2465 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    by Georgie Abel (photo by Dylan Hightower) I was this close To forgetting what it feels like To sleep in a Walmart parking lot Somewhere in between totally fine and   Rock bottom   But probably rock bottom because You’re totally fine Listening to...

  • The Pain (of the desert) by Luke Mehall

    Mar 6, 17 • 1300 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    The other day, on the Internet, I read about a climber whose fingertip broke off in a crack when he fell. Fingers in a Lightsocket the climb is called, and it’s always had a reputation for being fierce, a finger crack that increases in difficulty right up...