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Read The Zine – Current sale: $2 zines / $10 bundle

Apr 1 • 5658 Views • No Comments on Read The Zine – Current sale: $2 zines / $10 bundle

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

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 • 281 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 • 102 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 • 120 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...

Mar 25 • 1815 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 • 204 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 • 173 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 • 101 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 • 133 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 • 1031 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 • 4609 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 • 452 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 • 960 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 • 411 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 • 330 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 • 391 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 • 5878 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 • 754 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 • 1158 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 • 6843 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 • 752 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 • 478 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 • 5128 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 • 1353 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 • 617 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 • 883 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 • 775 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 • 660 Views

The Salajeet Collectors by Amanda Forrest

This story starts and ends with a chicken. On a bright morning in a high valley of the Hindu Kush, the doomed bird lay pinned atop a low...

Oct 1 • 800 Views

I Got 99 Problems and a Bitch Is One by Kathy Karlo

I started seeing it sometime last year, and it got a small chuckle out of me then: #bitchesonpitches. But the more I thought about it, the...

Sep 10 • 1414 Views

Crowbars, anger, and new routes, from The Desert by Luke Mehall

“I’m not saying I’m going to rule the world, or I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that...

Sep 9 • 818 Views

Titan Project

One of the greatest joys I have as a publisher is discovering an amazing climbing project, and then being able to share that with our...

Sep 4 • 717 Views

Biophilia On The Rocks by Birch Malotky

June’s humid breath settles in waves over the Mount Washington Valley as the sun dips low in the west. A shadow Cathedral Ledge pools at...

Aug 22 • 874 Views

Ray’s Red Truck by Roy McClenahan

In the rich caravan of climbers whom we meet at the crags, people come and go. Some, like the flowing of mountain streams, make a daily...

Aug 21 • 1499 Views

Replacing The Seamstress Corner with Dave Marcinowski by Luke Mehall

There are climbing partners, and there are the climbing partners. The partner you want to climb to the ends of the Earth and back with. The...

Aug 6 • 2249 Views

Perfectical Prose Perfectical Prose

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

Mar 25 • 87 Views • No Comments on 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 difficult times. Today, we reduced the prices of all...

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 • 247 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 • 5367 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 • 280 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 • 347 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 • 2112 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 • 402 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 • 4117 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 • 4949 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 • 23961 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 • 3971 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 • 4396 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 • 4486 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 • 1773 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 • 3364 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 • 5279 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 • 495 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 • 5418 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 • 6776 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 • 2654 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 • 3415 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 • 1855 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 • 5861 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 • 3533 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 • 1145 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 • 2605 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 • 1593 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 • 4801 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 • 10002 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 • 8770 Views

Susie and The Gnar by Joshua Smith

Some are blessed by fate With thews and spines of steel, Some work hard and fiercely fight To rise above the common...

May 1 • 904 Views

Climbing En Plein Air by Birch Malotky

The dance of renewal, the dance that made the world,  was always danced here at the edge of things…   —Ursula...

Apr 2 • 1419 Views

A Culture of Climbing: An Interview with Len Necefer

“I try to pursue my enjoyment with the idea that folks care and love for the land the way I do for my own home. I try...

Jan 27 • 3827 Views

Just A Climber, For Bears Ears (a short film) by Luke Mehall and Greg Cairns

Greg Cairns and Luke Mehall have finished their second short film together, called “Just a Climber, For Bears...

Jan 9 • 1215 Views

Icons In Danger and Desert Medicine by Birch Malotky

Joshua Tree National Park is a refuge. I don’t know if I’d decided this by then, sitting folded into the crook of...

Jan 8 • 5538 Views