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    Dawn of a New Age

    Jan 25 • 65 Views • No Comments

    I knew this whole Dawn Wall climb was big when President Obama started tweeting about it. by Luke Mehall, publisher of The Climbing Zine  In case you’ve been living under a rock (or on one), Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson recently completed the...

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    Beginner Dirtbagging – Where to Spend and Where to Save

    Jan 15 • 9669 Views • No Comments

    To dirtbag or not to dirtbag, that is the question. The technique of dirtbagging is one that can only truly be learned by experience. Let’s face it, money is time, and to climb requires money. However, every lifestyle climber knows a trick or two to save a...

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    Review: Osprey Mutant 28

    Jan 14 • 163 Views • No Comments

    The Mutant 28, by Osprey, packs the essentials for a minimalist looking to get into alpine, ice or vertically mixed endeavors. Thoughtfulness, through design and testing, have put purposeful features to work, creating a pack that can do big things in a little...

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    Video: The Fitz Traverse with Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold

    Jan 12 • 124 Views • No Comments

    For us posting this video, is a case of “I don’t always (fill in the blank) but when I do…” We pride ourselves on original content, we are the Outkast of the climbing world (if you don’t know about the musical act Outkast, check...

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    The Great American Dirtbags by Luke Mehall

    Jan 8 • 2783 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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    Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

    Jan 1 • 483 Views • No Comments

    For once, I’m actually psyched to “leave it on,” as their ad campaign suggests. For climbers and skiers, the best characteristic of a jacket is not noticing it while it’s on, so you can focus on the task at hand. Then afterwards you realize, oh yeah,...

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Beginner Dirtbagging – Where to Spend and Where to Save

Jan 15 • 9669 Views • No Comments

To dirtbag or not to dirtbag, that is the question. The technique of dirtbagging is one that can only truly be learned by experience. Let’s face it, money is time, and...

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Review: Osprey Mutant 28

The Mutant 28, by Osprey, packs the essentials for a minimalist looking to get into alpine, ice or vertically mixed endeavors....

Jan 14 • 163 Views

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Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

For once, I’m actually psyched to “leave it on,” as their ad campaign suggests. For climbers and skiers, the best characteristic of a...

Jan 1 • 483 Views

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Review: Westcomb Tango Hoody

Westcomb’s Tango Hoody is a formidable layer for a variety of conditions, with a lot to love in a simple, straightforward package. Having...

Dec 28 • 311 Views

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New Shirts: Spread Your Legs And Trust The Rubber

“Spread your legs and trust the rubber,” it’s an old climbing saying, I first heard in Joshua Tree many years ago. We...

Nov 25 • 500 Views

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Review: Big Turtle Shell – Wireless Speaker (Outdoor Tech)

These days, more often than not, someone in a climbing crew of craggers has a speaker. If you want the biggest and the baddest – you...

Nov 4 • 281 Views

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Review: Mammut Sensor Rope

The Mammut Sensor is a perfect name for a rope that encourages safety in the way it feels and handles. Retail: 60 meter, 10mm: $299.95 ...

Nov 1 • 426 Views

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Review: Edelrid Corbie 8.6mm Rope

Light is Right! is the new slogan for today’s alpinism. We pare down the grams in our clothing, sleep systems, and carabiners…but is it...

Oct 25 • 739 Views

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Samson’s Top 5, New Climbing Products

As usual the Summer Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in August presented the latest and greatest new gear to climbing media. And, as usual Samson...

Oct 8 • 743 Views

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Review: Evolv Addict

For a climbing slipper priced under $100 the Evolv Addict may be the best out there. The Addicts are a comfortable and durable shoe and one...

Oct 7 • 646 Views

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Review: Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody

Soft-shell clothing has become popular over the years because of its adaptability, allowing athletes to bring fewer clothes and be more...

Sep 11 • 949 Views

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Review: Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Device

There’s always room for innovation in climbing gear, but I thought belay devices had been pretty well figured out. I clip my ATC Guide to...

Sep 4 • 877 Views

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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...

Aug 3 • 1528 Views

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Review: The Belaggles, Belay Glasses

“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...

Aug 1 • 2664 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 • 740 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 • 5804 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 • 1156 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 • 1015 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 • 1739 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 • 1300 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 • 1529 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 • 6438 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 • 1559 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 • 1804 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 • 2650 Views

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Dawn of a New Age

Jan 25 • 65 Views • No Comments

I knew this whole Dawn Wall climb was big when President Obama started tweeting about it. by Luke Mehall, publisher of The Climbing Zine  In case you’ve been living...

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Video: The Fitz Traverse with Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold

For us posting this video, is a case of “I don’t always (fill in the blank) but when I do…” We...

Jan 12 • 124 Views

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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 5 • 2694 Views

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Review – High on Moab by Karl Kelley

“This book is a gift…Karl’s gift to you,” writes Fred Knapp from Sharp End Publishing, in the foreword for the...

Nov 24 • 860 Views

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Explaining a Memorial Toilet by Luke Mehall

A memorial toilet is a hard thing to explain. But that’s exactly what my friends were constructing last weekend, a...

Nov 13 • 863 Views

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The Rainbow Wall, Emptying Out

“This stillness to which all returns, this is reality, and soul and sanity have no more meaning here than a gust of...

Nov 2 • 2242 Views

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Buildering The Mormon Temple Released

As of today Benighted Publications’ first fiction collection is available on Kindle for $0.99. It is titled,...

Nov 1 • 87 Views

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Indian Creek Reflection, before it all slips away

The good times are moving fast these days, zipping by as we fly through space on this big ball of rock. As a writer it...

Oct 13 • 1403 Views

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The Light and Dark Sides of Free Soloing by Alexa Flower

I’ve heard some describe Yosemite as a vortex, and so is the culture that comes with it. I am sucked into soloing...

Oct 3 • 919 Views

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Lindsey Schauer: The Quintessential Climbing Mom

In the Last Pitch section of the new Climbing Zine, there’s a great, sentimental piece, written by Mallory Logan....

Sep 30 • 1137 Views

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This is Buildering

In the deep of the twilight, the night, buzzed on something, spirits, smoke, the usual, a change occurs: an athletic...

Aug 19 • 8124 Views

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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 • 1982 Views

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Are We Born to Climb? by D Scott Borden

Is climbing as innate as sharing, copulating, greed, or even walking? Many evolutionary biologists would offer that the...

Jun 12 • 2742 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 • 1594 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 • 988 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 • 1111 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 • 1573 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 • 1463 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 • 2194 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 • 1177 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 • 738 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 • 1463 Views

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Trim Season and The Mushroom Wall

Cliff took out his trimming scissors and chopped several green buds off the stem of the marijuana plant. After he did...

Jan 9 • 1158 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 • 2594 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 • 1481 Views