Author archives: Luke

  • Creeksgiving by Luke Mehall

    Nov 18, 19 • 4334 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    No place soaks up sun like the Johnny Cat enclave at the Cat Wall, Indian Creek. The maroon cliffs are striped with perfect cleaved fissures, like vertical gateways into a hidden world. The desert heat can be oppressive, but in late autumn, the low golden...

  • The Art of The First Ascent by Luke Mehall

    Nov 18, 19 • 1308 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    You know you’re getting old when they start replacing the bolts you used for a first ascent. That was my first thought when I heard that an anchor I’d placed, over in my old stomping grounds of Gunnison, Colorado, was getting an update. Story by Luke...

  • Mountaineering Changed My Perspective On Beauty by Rebecca Ross

    Nov 11, 19 • 3140 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Most women, at some point in their lives, get discouraged about their appearance because they may not possess the ideal body, according to societal standards. I was no different. I have always lived in predominantly white communities, and with that, feminine...

  • Reflections in The Black by Vic Zeilman

    Nov 7, 19 • 5127 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The black-and-white photograph is small and square, half a century old, showing my grandmother posing in front of the dark, mysterious walls of the Black Canyon. As I study the image, I quickly realize that she is witnessing a time period in 1961 when there...

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

    Nov 4, 19 • 706 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Just A Climber (For Bears Ears) is the result of 20 years of thinking and recreating in Indian Creek. When the new protections are threatened by the Trump administration Luke Mehall sharpens his tools from his rucksack of poetry, and prepares for the battle...

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

    Nov 2, 19 • 388 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    by Joanna Spindler, published in Volume 16, now available. Banner art by Rhiannon Williams We didn’t have much time Because an evening wind was rising. We didn’t have much time and what was left began to wisp away, suspended in the particles of ice. We...

  • Hip-Hop and Climbing by Luke Mehall

    Oct 31, 19 • 5308 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The fringe is where the magic happens. Four climbers pack into The Freedom Mobile, a graffiti-ed vehicle, spray painted red, white and blue. The sun is shining so brilliantly, its impossible not to be intoxicated by the Vitamin D it provides, even before...

  • A Journey Through Time by Adam Ferro

    Oct 31, 19 • 1048 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    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 becomes stronger physically, that is called endurance. But the energy that is of such great importance to me is called...