A bonus episode to wrap up 2021, about Mehall’s experience at this year’s Creeksgiving, in Indian Creek, Bears Ears National Monument. Support The Zine + the DSOM podcast by picking up some goodies in our store (this link is good for 15% off): https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15 Become a Patreon Supporter of the show (and get hooked up…Details
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 the base of the real one, growing long toward the chalets and the strawberry fields as I belay my partner up behind me. The air is heavy—with evening promising little…Details
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 to save Bears Ears.
“You know there’s something special you’re needing. And you know there’s no drug that’ll do the healing, and no liquor in the land to stop your brain from bleeding. You need something special to open up a new door, to show you something you’ve seen before, but overlooked a hundred times or more…you need something…Details
It’s a dingy bar. Dark and musty. Where, I’m not exactly sure, but there is a feeling of sadness that radiates on every level. The light trickling through dusty, half-drawn shades is not telling of any particular time of day, perhaps evening. Weak rays of sunlight barely cut through the haze that lingers at the…Details
For our final conversation in 2021, Luke chats with Devin Dabney, who is a Senior Contributor to The Climbing Zine. Devin is a poet, rapper, essayist, and host of the American Climbing Project podcast. In this conversation Devin and Luke “nerd out” on the intersection of hip-hop and climbing, as well as the writing process,…Details
This fall I sat down with Peter Horgan, from The Climbing Advocate Podcast, in a camper in Indian Creek. We have a conversation ranging from poetic influences like Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead, to first ascents in Indian Creek, to starting the Durango Climbers Coalition. Check out The Climbing Advocate Podcast: https://www.accessfund.org/learn/the-climbing-advocate-podcast The Access…Details
I looked down at my Gri-Gri as a salty tear rolled off my cheek into a thousand feet of space and granite. I wiped my eyes with the back of my hand, black with sweat and dirt, and moved my ascender up the rope again. “I can’t believe I wanted to do this,” I thought…Details