Author archives: Luke

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

    Oct 29, 19 • 6579 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    As I listened to my boyfriend make his tenth phone call of the hour, I absentmindedly stirred vegetables and reflected on the events of the past month. Fuck this season, I overheard from the kitchen. Together, we had been stunned by a hero’s suicide and his...

  • Dirtbag State of Mind Hoodies Are In!

    Oct 28, 19 • 447 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    We are super psyched to announce that the new DIRTBAG STATE OF MIND hoodies are in, and to celebrate their release we’re offering them on sale for $29.99. We’ve got both women’s and men’s and both are cotton-poly blend. Also: check out...

  • Respect by Luke Mehall

    Oct 18, 19 • 672 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    “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 defy death by way of ego and inexperience on his 1960s classic. It was one of those experiences in climbing where I try...

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

    Oct 11, 19 • 2314 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    In the late 1300s, experts point to drought and other environmental stressors impacting the Puebloan people in the Southwest leading toward societal collapse. My people, the Diné, the Athabaskan-speaking migrants from the north, also began to place pressures...

  • Silent Partners by Luke Mehall

    Oct 3, 19 • 3272 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    I know he knows. Adam Lawton is proud. In every group of adventurers, there is a leader, and every great leader must be a visionary. Adam dreamed the dreams for the entire crew. He found excitement in little breakthroughs, like the time I got a job...

  • Arno’s Dragon by Devin Dabney (a poem)

    Oct 2, 19 • 577 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    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 in this life, the roles we thrive in, the roads we stride on, all to guide us through the night of our own inner selves,...

  • Beyonce’s Balcony by Luke Mehall

    Oct 1, 19 • 467 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhuman spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and possessiveness come over me. I want to know it all, possess it all, embrace the entire scene intimately, deeply, totally, as a...

  • The Salajeet Collectors by Amanda Forrest

    Oct 1, 19 • 605 Views • Climbing CultureNo Comments

    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 stone wall that had been built by local goat herders. One sharp birdie eye looked up into the cloudless sky, the heavens a...