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Loss In The Time of Corona: Dan Escalante we will miss you!

May 19 • 218 Views • No Comments on Loss In The Time of Corona: Dan Escalante we will miss you!

There’s a lot to write about these days, yet I’m sure I’m not alone in struggling to find the motivation to write. The struggle is where the blessing lies, in...

About The Cover (The Climbing Zine Book)

As I’ve said and written before, my favorite thing about publishing The Zine is the connections it helps create. I am able to connect...

May 18 • 276 Views

CLIMBER GRATITUDE: I MISS + I AM GRATEFUL 4 BY LUKE MEHALL AND JAKE BURCHMORE

Check out our latest film from Luke Mehall and Jake Burchmore. Dedicated to Mehall’s fiancee Amber DeHerrera and all the medical...

May 15 • 245 Views

Dirtbag State of Mind podcast *episode 1*

Well folks we originally planned to release our new audio book podcast on April 20th, but with everything going on, we figured we’d...

May 12 • 2749 Views

$5 zines / $30 + $50 bundles

We know you’re stoked to “read the zine” and “wear the zine” so we’re now offering a deal every week....

May 11 • 6239 Views

Volume 18 is now available

The Climbing Zine is proud to announce that Volume 18 is off the printer and will be arriving to subscribers shortly. The issue was delayed...

May 8 • 216 Views

I Miss + I Am Grateful 4 by Luke Mehall

Banner photo of the author and Dave Marcinowski by Mike Shaw, footage of Marcinowski by Jake Burchmore I miss my friends I miss the desert...

May 2 • 353 Views

Keep Calm and Climb On by D. Scott Borden

Squish Squash, Squish Squash, Squish, the English mud through my toes feels soothing as I perch 30 feet above a poor cam in rotten rock on...

May 1 • 241 Views

Dirtbag State of Mind podcast *episode 4* an interview with Shaun Matusewicz

This episode is our first interview with Shaun Matusewicz. We originally intended to have a series of interviews with characters in the...

Apr 18 • 570 Views

Grateful Hussle, a short film

For 20 years Luke Mehall, publisher of The Climbing Zine has been writing climbing poems. In 2020 he’s decided to give the writers...

Mar 31 • 546 Views

A Message From Mehall – 3.30.20

To climb or not to climb right now. I’m no Bill Shakespeare, but I am engaged to a nurse. I am not out climbing right now, because,...

Mar 30 • 342 Views

Dirtbag State of Mind *episode 3*

While we originally planned to drop an episode a week, we are continuing to post these episodes as quickly as possible. Here Luke Mehall...

Mar 29 • 433 Views

Dirtbag State of Mind podcast *episode 2*

Friends of The Zine: we are continuing the expediting of this new podcast. We know everyone is looking for more stories and content and we...

Mar 24 • 459 Views

The Power of Close-to-Home Nature In The Time of Coronavirus by the Access Fund

The Power of Close-to-Home Nature In The Time of Coronavirus From the Access Fund Brad Mering grabs the first real hold after working...

Mar 23 • 411 Views

A Message from Mehall on the Coronavirus

While this video is just the start of what we need to be sharing, it’s essential right now that climbers remain at home, and those...

Mar 23 • 268 Views

The Well by Devin Dabney

Note: this poem is published in Volume 17, now available. Banner photo of the author bouldering in Coopers Rock State Forest, West...

Mar 2 • 298 Views

Traumzeit: Sandstone Dreamtime by Tanager

A black fin of sandstone protrudes from the right side of the crack. I pinch it like a tufa and look up at the iron ring. Next stop, ring,...

Mar 1 • 1316 Views

Announcing a Climbing Children’s Book: Squeak

UPDATE: the second edition of Squeak! has been released. Same great story, with a couple updates, including The Climbers Pact from the...

Feb 26 • 4823 Views

Wide Eyes, High Times and Hard Times, a Story of Climbing with Mark Grundon by Luke Mehall

Say a prayer for those you love and everyone else. That’s what I’ve written on my sleeping pad, and the last words I read before going...

Feb 19 • 685 Views

Just A Climber, For Bears Ears (a short film)

Just A Climber (For Bears Ears) is the result of 20 years of thinking and recreating in Indian Creek. When the new protections are...

Feb 16 • 1119 Views

Back…To Climbing by Greg Pettys

Note: this piece was published way back in Volume 2. That zine out of print, but you can pick one up on Kindle for $0.99. For me, it has...

Feb 9 • 589 Views

Escape From The Hand Brain by Luke Mehall

Note: this piece is published in Volume 17, and it is an excerpt from his book, The Desert. Both are now available. Now some men will drive...

Feb 5 • 491 Views

Seventeen Times Alive by Dakota Walz

Screams are a colorful thing. Each one has its own distinct message. An anger, a joy, a pain. The nature of each rings clear somewhere deep...

Jan 29 • 551 Views

Write for The Climbing Zine

The Climbing Zine is always accepting stories, photography, and art. Below are our loose guidelines, informal pitches from solid writers...

Jan 2 • 6114 Views

Chuck Pratt, Liquid Sunshine by Pat Ament (Part 1)

Chuck Pratt: Liquid Sunshine by Pat Ament (note the full version of this piece was published in Volume 17, which is now available in...

Jan 1 • 946 Views

The Climbing Zine Book (now available to pre-order)

For 10 years we’ve been publishing The Climbing Zine. We started off with print runs of 100, then 500, then 1,000, and now these days...

Dec 24 • 1363 Views

The Long Run, a profile of Alan Carne by Luke Mehall

“There were no girls when I started climbing [in England],” Alan said, in a tone more serious than joking. I’d just met Alan Carne...

Dec 22 • 7203 Views

My Helmet by David Rozul

I hold and turn my helmet like a classroom globe, dragging my fingers over each mark, each sign of wear. Every indent, every groove...

Dec 13 • 998 Views

Zine Senior Contributor Q&A: Rhiannon Williams

As we get The Climbing Zine Book ready for publication we’re going to feature a few of our writers and contributors. Since Rhiannon...

Dec 10 • 694 Views

A Venture Backward, Inward, and Upward by Rhiannon Williams

In Memory of Towyn Williams (1926 – 2016) I associate much of my childhood with a little white farmhouse in the Welsh countryside. My...

Dec 1 • 5457 Views

A Journey Through Time by Adam Ferro

The expenditure of energy on a trip of this sort is massive and one only has so much of this energy. Energy that is accumulated as a person...

Oct 31 • 1668 Views

Dirtbag State of Mind Hoodies Are In!

We are super psyched to announce that the new DIRTBAG STATE OF MIND hoodies are in, and to celebrate their release we’re offering...

Oct 28 • 756 Views

Respect by Luke Mehall

“I’m glad Royal Robbins isn’t here to see this shit show,” I said to myself as I watched the youngsters on Yosemite’s Nutcracker...

Oct 18 • 1032 Views

Arno’s Dragon by Devin Dabney (a poem)

Long before we decide, the path is carved for us. Sliced through existence to be forged for this one, and beyond. The goals we strive for...

Oct 2 • 906 Views

Beyonce’s Balcony by Luke Mehall

Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhuman spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and...

Oct 1 • 745 Views

Perfectical Prose Perfectical Prose

Brad Gobright: Pure of Heart (Part 1) by Lucas Roman

May 24 • 183 Views • No Comments on Brad Gobright: Pure of Heart (Part 1) by Lucas Roman

Brad Gobright is pure of heart. So pure, in fact, that he may never have faced a dilemma in all his life. That’s not exactly serving him well right now, as he’s...

Hypoxic Dreams by Vic Zeilman

It’s a dingy bar. Dark and musty. Where, I’m not exactly sure, but there is a feeling of sadness that radiates on...

May 19 • 116 Views

The Mom Crux by Mallory Logan

Many a metaphoric parallel can be drawn between climbing and motherhood, and it’s plain to see neither activity makes...

May 10 • 1573 Views

Sitting Here in Limbo by Luke Mehall

Publisher’s Note: As this issue was going to press, the coronavirus began to ravage the United States. This issue is...

May 7 • 208 Views

Silent Night by Samantha Zim

I think I’ve read the words afraid, scared, terrified, anxious, and fear more over the last two weeks than in the...

May 4 • 207 Views

All e-zines and e-books on Kindle on sale, starting at 99 cents!

Friends of The Zine: we are doing our best to bring you affordable reading material, podcasts, and film during these...

Mar 25 • 178 Views

Off Root on El Capitan

I wasn’t sure if I should start this piece with being three thousand feet off the ground on El Capitan, or at the...

Mar 12 • 397 Views

On Fear, Climbing, and Depression by Sonya Pevzner

Trigger warning: This article discusses topics of depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. For some, the content may...

Feb 14 • 5517 Views

Part 2: Chuck Pratt, Liquid Sunshine by Pat Ament

This is part 2 of Pat Ament’s essay, published in Volume 17. If you missed part 1, you can read it here. If you...

Feb 3 • 404 Views

Upside Down and Unconscious by Shay Skinner

I remember arguing with my partner about wearing his helmet before starting a climb for the day. “It’s only 5.9,”...

Jan 30 • 450 Views

A Marriage On The Rocks by Barbara Noseworthy

It’s 1981, and I’m 22 years old, about to graduate from college, trying to sort out what happens next. And...

Jan 30 • 2339 Views

Zine Emeritus: a story with Shaun

This last month, as we raise funds for The Climbing Zine Book, I’ve been telling a lot of stories about how The Zine...

Dec 23 • 583 Views

Reflections on Dad by Tamara Robbins

Since November, I’ve been in Modesto, California, with my family and, while here, digitally archiving the multitude...

Dec 18 • 4259 Views

The Prince P (in memory of Phil Schaal) by Cyrena Lee

It would have been hard to write about Phil Schaal even if he were still here—here meaning still alive. Alive meaning...

Dec 13 • 5107 Views

More To Give, The First Solo-Free Single-Day Ascent of El Capitan by Pete Whittaker

Walking up to the base of Freerider, I felt rested, light, but increasingly nervous. Two years ago, I’d never climbed...

Dec 9 • 24226 Views

Approach As Pilgrimage by Tim Rogers

Journal entry from 10/15/2014 Zion is the word. Despite all of our differences, to so many people the meaning of Zion...

Dec 2 • 4149 Views

A Love Letter To Climbing by Ana Ally

In 2016 at the International Climbers’ Festival in Lander, Wyoming, we held a “love letter to...

Nov 22 • 4485 Views

Creeksgiving by Luke Mehall

No place soaks up sun like the Johnny Cat enclave at the Cat Wall, Indian Creek. The maroon cliffs are striped with...

Nov 18 • 4626 Views

The Art of The First Ascent by Luke Mehall

You know you’re getting old when they start replacing the bolts you used for a first ascent. That was my first...

Nov 18 • 2099 Views

Mountaineering Changed My Perspective On Beauty by Rebecca Ross

Most women, at some point in their lives, get discouraged about their appearance because they may not possess the ideal...

Nov 11 • 3535 Views

Reflections in The Black by Vic Zeilman

The black-and-white photograph is small and square, half a century old, showing my grandmother posing in front of the...

Nov 7 • 5432 Views

We Didn’t Have Much Time by Joanna Spindler (a poem)

by Joanna Spindler, published in Volume 16, now available. Banner art by Rhiannon Williams We didn’t have much time...

Nov 2 • 580 Views

Hip-Hop and Climbing by Luke Mehall

The fringe is where the magic happens. Four climbers pack into The Freedom Mobile, a graffiti-ed vehicle, spray painted...

Oct 31 • 5526 Views

The Joy Pendulum, Swinging High and Low in Yosemite Valley by Lauren DeLaunay

As I listened to my boyfriend make his tenth phone call of the hour, I absentmindedly stirred vegetables and reflected...

Oct 29 • 6910 Views

Yucca Ropes: The DIY Ancestral Puebloan Static Line by Len Necefer

In the late 1300s, experts point to drought and other environmental stressors impacting the Puebloan people in the...

Oct 11 • 2797 Views

Silent Partners by Luke Mehall

I know he knows. Adam Lawton is proud. In every group of adventurers, there is a leader, and every great leader must be...

Oct 3 • 3588 Views

Finding Protection In Bears Ears by Josh Ewing

“Yucca sandals,” I say to myself. “How’d they do this move in yucca sandals?” The sheer sandstone wall below...

Sep 8 • 2020 Views

Old Becomes New in Indian Creek by Chris Schulte

November is closing in fast, and on this turn around the fireball, we reach a strange and interesting milestone in...

Aug 27 • 6104 Views

Up (and over) the Pope’s Nose by Josh Smith

“Think we could throw a haul bag out of an airplane? That would make the approach really easy.” Kennan was looking...

Aug 25 • 3634 Views

Do Not Go Outside To Cry by Kathy Karlo

I see it being used all around me to describe women, often by other women: badass. I have always considered it to have...

Aug 23 • 1331 Views

Granite Trinity by Michelle Dedischew

One thousand twenty-seven. One thousand twenty-eight. One thousand twenty-nine. My head is lost in some sort of vortex....

Jul 18 • 2709 Views

Elegant and Brutal by Cristina Marcalow

I. Trapped Kaiser Santa Clara Hospital, June 2018 The haul bag sits, a stuffed pig in the trunk. Cams, nuts, and two...

Jun 1 • 1752 Views

Going Out To Come Home by Stacy Bare

The night was cold, and where the moon and stars shone around patches of clouds, they were incredibly bright. There was...

May 27 • 4968 Views

Climbing Past War by Stacy Bare

The uninitiated, those who don’t climb, always ask me why I do. I normally begin my response with the statement that...

May 26 • 10211 Views

Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

My father taught me how to climb, just as he taught me how to play guitar and ski—badly, I could say. But that...

May 17 • 8970 Views