The Climbing Zine is a creative collective fueled by passion, dirt, and rocks.

Review: OR Men’s Goldrush Jeans

Dirtbag instincts suit the gear reviewer well. Which is why, for each and every day over the last two months I’ve worn the new Outdoor Reseach (OR) Goldrush jeans. by Luke Mehall, publisher of The Climbing Zine (banner photo: climbing Sig Saur, Indian Creek in the Goldrush Jeans, courtesy of James Q Martin)  They’ve logged…

The Freedom Mobile by Luke Mehall

Our vehicles make statements about our lifestyles, and in the mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado there is quite the diversity in modes of transportation. From the high class Hummer SUVs to the old Subaru station wagon that checks in well over 200,000 miles, the car we drive can be a dead giveaway to the…

Volume 6 in Print – Our Crown Jewel

The sixth volume of The Climbing Zine is now live on Kindle and available in print. Titled “Prose and Parables From The Sharp End” this issue features a range of some of the most talented underground climbing writers including: Drew Thayer, Alexis McLean, James Lucas, Scott Borden, Brendan Leonard, David Fay and Alexa Flower. by Luke…

Review: Scarpa Vapor V

My first impression of Scarpa’s redesigned Vapor V was how comfortable they were out of the box. I sized mine tight for performance, yet these asymmetric, slightly down-turned shoes were flexible enough to walk in and remained comfortable for long sessions on my garage bouldering wall. Reviewed by Drew Thayer, Senior Contributor  Retail: $158.95 This…

Review: Climb Tech Steel Biner with Captive Pin

Love them or hate them, fixed draws are becoming more and more of a staple in the sport climbing world. They make things more convenient, saving a lot of time when cleaning overhanging and traversing routes, but they also create potential problems: the worst of those creating sharp, dangerous grooves in the biner. There have…