Dirtbag State of Mind podcast *episode 1*

May 12 • Climbing Culture • 2839 Views • No Comments on 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 release it now. The first series of this podcast will be yours truly reading my memoir American Climber, with commentary, and interviews with characters in the book.

This first episode features a story I told at the Raven Narratives, a storytelling event held here in Durango.

We hope you enjoy the podcast!

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Here’s some info. on the book:

 American Climber starts in a now forgotten era, before the Internet was ever part of the climbing experience and before the word “dirtbag” was commonplace. Mehall spent much of the time documented in the book living hand to mouth, often living in a tent and couch surfing with friends to save money. The journey of the book takes the reader to the modern era, and questions whether a golden age is still at hand in the climbing experience.

Chris Kalous, host of the ever popular Enormocast podcast had this to say about American Climber, “Luke Mehall emerged as a writer just in time to chronicle the dwindling light of the soul-climber: one who climbs for the aesthetics, who adventures for the freedom not the recognition, who’s hi-tech gear is merely a tool rather than a totem. Luke and his cohorts embody the dream of the American West with all its promise of freedom and risk and reward. To dive into a Mehall book is to be brought along on a ride that we all wish we had the courage to board, but most of us trade that courage for comfort.”

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