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    This is Buildering

    Aug 19 • 7639 Views • No Comments

    In the deep of the twilight, the night, buzzed on something, spirits, smoke, the usual, a change occurs: an athletic alchemy, different urges, some of the chances and opportunities of the night have passed, with no possibility of getting laid, you’ve stayed...

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    Psicocomp 2014 Photos

    Aug 14 • 979 Views • No Comments

    “The Psicocomp was even better than last year,” seems to sum up the response to the second annual deep water soloing competition held last weekend in Park City, Utah. We agree. The main difference in the event was the routes were easier (an estimated 13a...

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    Review: The Belaggles, Belay Glasses

    Aug 14 • 1621 Views • No Comments

    “What are those?” I’ve been asked that question 20 times in the last month, while testing out my new belay glasses. They look like a heavier version of movie 3D glasses, and although commonplace in Europe are just starting to catch on here in the United...

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    The Great American Dirtbags by Luke Mehall

    Aug 7 • 1622 Views • 3 Comments

    It’s about that time to officially announce that my second book, The Great American Dirtbags is printed and a real thing instead of this vision inside my mind. by Luke Mehall, publisher of The Climbing Zine This book, which I am proud of, is a...

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    A First Trip To Yosemite

    Jul 30 • 337 Views • No Comments

    The Western United States is a developed land, yet it is also very wild. Especially when you hail from the Midwest as we did, where there is very little wild land. Mountains and rocks had only been in my life for a couple years; a new medium to which I was...

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    Gill and Gill, A Film Project

    Jul 21 • 391 Views • No Comments

    Last week we heard of a new project that sounds right up the alley of our readers, the Gill and Gill film project. We love any artistic endeavor that incorporates climbing, and this one sounds quite interesting. Here’s more from writer Peter Shenai. ...

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Review: The Belaggles, Belay Glasses

Aug 14 • 1621 Views • No Comments

“What are those?” I’ve been asked that question 20 times in the last month, while testing out my new belay glasses. They look like a heavier version of movie 3D...

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Review: 5.10 Guides

The 5.10 Guide Tennies have long been my favorite approach shoes. I like them primarily for two reasons: the burly sticky rubber on the...

Jul 3 • 924 Views

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Review: Sanuk Hemp

Sanuks have always looked comfortable and sexy – I’ve wanted to check out a pair for a while now. The model I tested out the “Hemp”...

Jun 15 • 345 Views

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Review: Scarpa Zen Pro

Amongst the wide variety of approach shoes available today, these shoes stand out as the armored tank of the fleet. They are extremely...

May 20 • 1539 Views

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Review: Core Concepts Hot Dome Hoody

I have a hard time with gear geeks, those who go on and on about features of the equipment for the outdoors. For me, I either like it, or I...

May 11 • 743 Views

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Dirtbag State of Mind

“Everythings fine I’m in a dirtbag state of mind” In addition to getting our zines, e-zines and books out there, The...

May 11 • 653 Views

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Gear Review: Scarpa Instinct VS

“It hurts so good”…Tom Petty must have been wearing these when he sang that line. Scarpa’s new Instinct VS brings forward all the...

May 4 • 796 Views

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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Alibi II Glove

Let’s be honest: while mixed climbing, when most of us get to the next gear placement, we really really want it. In those delicate...

Mar 23 • 715 Views

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Gear Review: Turtle Shell Speaker from Outdoor Technology

Love it or hate it the crags are filled with tunes these days. Portable speakers are blowing up, and we got our hands on one of the best in...

Mar 19 • 1034 Views

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Gear Review: La Sportiva Boulder X Mid GTX approach shoe

17.9 oz/ 508 g Suede upper, full rubber rand, Vibram sole Retail: $160.00 Back in the day there were running shoes that sucked to hike in,...

Mar 17 • 4541 Views

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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Lodestar Gloves

I’ve spent a long time looking for good mid-temperature alpine and ice climbing glove. It needs to be warm enough to be useful down to...

Feb 4 • 685 Views

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Review: Mueller Euro Tape

Back in the day when I learned to tape my hands my climbing mentor taught me an elaborate process of how to do it. First we would bust out...

Feb 3 • 1172 Views

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Psicocomp 2014 Photos

Aug 14 • 979 Views • No Comments

“The Psicocomp was even better than last year,” seems to sum up the response to the second annual deep water soloing competition held last weekend in Park City,...

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Dreaming, Waking, and Remembering What Matters by Drew Thayer

The Dream In May 2012 I leaned against the rail of the overlook on the North Chasm View Wall on a balmy afternoon,...

Jun 29 • 1415 Views

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A Scenic Cruise and Then Some in the Black Canyon by Alexa Flower

As we descended further into the dark abyss, that haunting, uncanny mood settled in once again. It was an awareness I...

Jun 9 • 1085 Views

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Hanging with Stacy Bare and Dodging Watermelons by Luke Mehall

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S. Thompson made a life and a living off that concept. I was...

Jun 4 • 601 Views

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Fear and Dehydration in Colorado’s Biggest Hole by Drew Thayer

Early summer in Durango, Colorado is great. Blissful. Idyllic. A typical afternoon usually involves waking up from a...

May 27 • 737 Views

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International Climbers’ Festival 2014 in Lander, Wyoming

“This is a low key festival that was formed to share the genuine love of climbing.” That’s how Mandy Pohja...

May 21 • 1406 Views

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Who is Famous and What Is Hard? with Seth Adams

It was 2004 and Kelly Cordes and Josh Wharton had just climbed the Azeem Ridge on Great Trango Tower in Pakistan, which...

May 7 • 1021 Views

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An Ego Spanking In The Gunks by Drew Thayer

We all need to be taken down a notch, as my mother would say, every once in a while. While I don’t necessarily enjoy...

Apr 26 • 953 Views

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The Diamond: A Pervertical Genesis by Alexa Flower

The night was silent apart from our winded breaths and quiet footsteps; largely stifled by the dirt and pine needles...

Apr 3 • 1500 Views

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A Map To The Skyland Boulders, Crested Butte, Colorado

[photo of Ben Johnson climbing Blunt Boy (5.10a) Joint Rock]  The Skyland Boulders in Crested Butte have been called...

Mar 25 • 786 Views

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Hear Mehall On The Dirtbag Diaries

Publisher of The Climbing Zine, Luke Mehall, follows his dreams, no matter how absurd. Recently the Dirtbag Diaries...

Mar 13 • 519 Views

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Devil’s Tower, Worth Risking Dying For by Luke Mehall

Devils Tower is one of those destinations, one of those rocks in the world that makes you think something divine...

Mar 5 • 914 Views