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    Dreaming, Waking, and Remembering What Matters by Drew Thayer

    Jun 29 • 1110 Views • 2 Comments

    The Dream In May 2012 I leaned against the rail of the overlook on the North Chasm View Wall on a balmy afternoon, staring into the dizzying expanse of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The view from the overlook is dramatic enough to inspire vertigo in the...

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    Hip-Hop and Climbing by Luke Mehall

    Jun 20 • 949 Views • No Comments

    The fringe is where the magic happens. Four climbers pack into The Freedom Mobile, a graffiti-ed vehicle, spray painted red, white and blue. The sun is shining so brilliantly, its impossible not to be intoxicated by the Vitamin D it provides, even before...

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    Are We Born to Climb? by D Scott Borden

    Jun 12 • 2030 Views • No Comments

    Is climbing as innate as sharing, copulating, greed, or even walking? Many evolutionary biologists would offer that the essence of climbing can be found in our DNA. It is hardwired into us, this desire to be in the vertical world. And beyond that desire, our...

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

    Jun 9 • 859 Views • 1 Comment

    As we descended further into the dark abyss, that haunting, uncanny mood settled in once again. It was an awareness I had been acquainted with once before, a year back. The pale moonlight disappeared further out of reach with each downward step, swallowed up...

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    The Great American Dirtbags Book Tour, Next Stop Crested Butte, 4th of July...

    Jun 7 • 1015 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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    Hanging with Stacy Bare and Dodging Watermelons by Luke Mehall

    Jun 4 • 397 Views • No Comments

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S. Thompson made a life and a living off that concept. I was thinking about this just after an incident I had recently at the South City Market parking lot, when a man started cursing at me and hurling...

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Gear Review: Scarpa Zen Pro

May 20 • 591 Views • No Comments

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

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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 • 538 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 • 484 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 • 471 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 • 485 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 • 3569 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 • 469 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 • 729 Views

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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 • 1299 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 • 854 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 • 1335 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 • 1405 Views

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

Jun 9 • 859 Views • 1 Comment

As we descended further into the dark abyss, that haunting, uncanny mood settled in once again. It was an awareness I had been acquainted with once before, a year back....

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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 • 397 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 • 489 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 • 1083 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 • 808 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 • 737 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 • 1182 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 • 563 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 • 404 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 • 731 Views

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Skinny Jeans and Desert Towers by Luke Mehall

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

Feb 14 • 650 Views

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Patagonia, Lessons From a Bigger Scale by Drew Thayer

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 • 974 Views