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    The Great American Dirtbags: Video and New Book by Luke Mehall

    Apr 24 • 116 Views • No 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. I’m writing this at exactly midnight, Wednesday night, April 24th, because I want to go...

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    The Diamond: A Pervertical Genesis

    Apr 3 • 595 Views • 6 Comments

    The night was silent apart from our winded breaths and quiet footsteps; largely stifled by the dirt and pine needles dispersed across the mountain trail. The incessant stars and full moon illuminated our path before us, eliminating the need for artificial...

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    The Climbing Zine, In Print and On Kindle

    Mar 27 • 127 Views • No Comments

    The Climbing Zine Volume 5, The Dirtbag Issue, is available in print and on Kindle. The all-color print version is $10.00 with free shipping and the Kindle version is $3.99. This volume is “The Dirtbag Issue” and features work from the finest writers and...

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    A Map To The Skyland Boulders, Crested Butte, Colorado

    Mar 25 • 234 Views • No Comments

    [photo of Ben Johnson climbing Blunt Boy (5.10a) Joint Rock]  The Skyland Boulders in Crested Butte have been called “The best in Colorado”. However with the remote location, they are a quiet refuge in the tranquil mountain town. People go to...

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    Gear Review: Outdoor Research Alibi II Glove

    Mar 23 • 57 Views • No Comments

    Retail: $80.00 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 moments while maintaining a stance and reaching for pro, nothing can be more frustrating or terrifying than...

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    Gear Review: La Sportiva Boulder X Mid GTX approach shoe

    Mar 17 • 2064 Views • No Comments

    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, hiking boots that sucked to climb in and mountaineering boots that sucked to hike in (and still somehow sucked to climb...

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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Alibi II Glove

Mar 23 • 57 Views • No Comments

Retail: $80.00 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 moments while...

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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 • 2064 Views

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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Lodestar Gloves

Retail: $89.00 I’ve spent a long time looking for good mid-temperature alpine and ice climbing glove. It needs to be warm enough to be...

Feb 4 • 163 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 • 362 Views

Jonathan Mitchell on the third pitch of Infared.

Samson’s Top 5, Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer

Samson is back at it again, with his top favorite 5 products from the Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. The winter show is always...

Feb 2 • 782 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...

Jan 19 • 576 Views

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Gear Review: Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp

Last year we posted a review of the innovative Petzl NAO headlamp, and loved the Reactive technology, but noted it was a bit heavy, and...

Dec 12 • 796 Views

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Gear Review: Hydro Flask Water Bottles

Early on after I co-founded The Climbing Zine and started attending the Outdoor Retailer trade show I realized it’s easy to get free...

Dec 1 • 803 Views

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Gear Review: Evolv Astroman

In climbing, maybe thanks in part to the Wide Boyz, off-width climbing is again popular. Now, so are off-width style shoes that offer ankle...

Aug 26 • 711 Views

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Beginner Dirtbagging

To dirtbag or not to dirtbag, that is the question. The technique of dirtbagging is one that can only truly be learned by experience....

Feb 11 • 8223 Views

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Gear Review: The Petzl Ange Finesse Quickdraws

In the grand scheme of things, for my generation, climbing gear has always been rad. Cams have always been around, the Gri-Gri has been a...

Jan 3 • 913 Views

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Gear Review: The Petzl NAO Headlamp

The new Petzl NAO hints at the headlamp of the future, but the cost will have to go down before most climbers will want to buy one. I was...

Nov 19 • 1013 Views

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The Diamond: A Pervertical Genesis

Apr 3 • 595 Views • 6 Comments

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

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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 • 234 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 • 209 Views

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Devil’s Tower, Worth Risking Dying For

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

Mar 5 • 427 Views

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Skinny Jeans and Desert Towers

“Dude, those are skinny jeans,” Jonathan says. “They’re regular fit,” I insist. “See, look at the label.”...

Feb 14 • 403 Views

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Patagonia, Lessons From a Bigger Scale

How can I describe the size of this place? How can I describe the dizzying gulfs of air below us as we claw our way...

Feb 5 • 711 Views

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A True Maiden Voyage, A Fire In the Black Canyon

I was riding shotgun in an ‘86 Safari van, smoking a cigarette, and wondering where the hell we were headed. I had...

Jan 8 • 1469 Views

Two Tent Timmy climbing Rock Lobster, Broken Tooth Wall.

A Climber In The Winter of His Content

“You know there’s something special you’re needing. And you know there’s no drug that’ll do the healing, and...

Dec 11 • 1216 Views

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Tons of Tufas, Mexico’s Cumbia Cave, a photo essay

The Cumbia Cave is down a bumpy road in Nuevo León, Mexico. It is located in an area called Las Adjuntas, which is...

Dec 10 • 711 Views

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Winter Dirtbagging and Dish Diving in J-Tree

Reluctantly, this past summer, I returned to the world of washing dishes in Crested Butte, Colorado. I thought I’d...

Dec 4 • 509 Views

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Colombian Policy

I’m sweating in the Colombian sun as I reach for a big flat hold on inverted sandstone. I clip a bolt and move onto a...

Nov 4 • 1638 Views

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Blackened, The Black Canyon’s Hallucinogen Wall

The front edge of my helmet drags across the granite as I move my head from side to side. I feel the beads of sweat...

Oct 7 • 1321 Views