Archive for the ‘Locations’ Category

  • Birthday Challenge, Part 3: The Big Day

    Dec 5, 12 • 9096 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...

  • Winter Dirtbagging and Dish Diving in J-Tree

    Dec 4, 12 • 2925 Views • Joshua TreeNo Comments

    Reluctantly, this past summer, I returned to the world of washing dishes in Crested Butte, Colorado. I thought I’d retired after a solid fifteen years in the profession, one that was my first job, carried me through college and some experimental years after...

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

    Sep 12, 12 • 2733 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...

  • Cragmama interviews Kai and Connie Lightner

    Jul 17, 12 • 6330 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 • 3063 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...

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

    Jul 3, 12 • 5346 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...

  • Friends of Indian Creek

    May 13, 12 • 3492 Views • Indian CreekNo Comments

    There’s a joke amongst locals that Indian Creek is the best rock climbing area in Durango. Located close to the southern edge of Canyonlands National Park in Utah, a mere 2½ hours from town, Indian Creek is a premier sandstone climbing destination that...

  • Devil’s Tower, Worth Risking Dying For by Luke Mehall

    Mar 5, 12 • 3334 Views • Devil's Tower, LocationsNo Comments

    Devils Tower is one of those destinations, one of those rocks in the world that makes you think something divine happened there to create it. In the middle of the plains of Wyoming it rises some eight hundred feet in the air, a perfect cylinder of granite...