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Write for The Climbing Zine, Volume 6!

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Volume 5 is published on Kindle, and in print. We’re beginning to shape Volume 6, The Community Issue, for a summer 2014 release. Interested in writing? Here’s the beta:

A note: our theme this time is to celebrate the climbing community, in as many ways as possible. Our themes are always loose and tangents are welcome. Each Climbing Zine might be different, but there are always two consistent elements: staying true to the essence of climbing, and the zine concept of randomness.

Contributor’s guidelines for The Climbing Zine

Words

The Climbing Zine publishes thought provoking essays, stories and rambles. Word count can be anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000. Our aim to publish work that focuses on the essence of climbing; we’ll publish accounts of any climbing experience, as long as the writing is intriguing and thought provoking. The objective being written about is not as important as the way it is written. We look for passion, unique style and a love for climbing in the works that we print.

Current theme

The theme for our sixth volume is The Community Issue

Photographs

While The Climbing Zine has an emphasis on the written word most stories will have at least one image to accompany the piece.

Cash money or lack thereof

We currently pay $50 per story, but hope to increase this in the near future, as we grow The Climbing Zine. Complementary copies of The Climbing Zine are included with pay, as well as the glory of contributing to the best looking zine since old Benjamin Franklin was making em!

Deadline

The deadline for contributing to The Climbing Zine Volume 6 is March 31, 2014. Please submit your query and/or story as soon as possible to increase your odds of getting your story published.

Thanks for your interest.

Sincerely,

Luke Mehall

Publisher, The Climbing Zine

luke@climbingzine.com

www.climbingzine.com

www.lukemehall.blogspot.com

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2 Responses to Write for The Climbing Zine, Volume 6!

  1. Eric Mix says:

    The link lead me to another site, so guess I’ll try to write a story here.

    It was the summer of 1981. I was a brash young kid trying to hang with the big boys. I had just announced myself by saying hello and asking if anyone wanted to climb the ‘Changling’ in the morning. Well, many eyes rolled, and many of those present thought I was an ass. But not Pete. He was all for it, and much to the concern of his peers agreed to climb with me the next day.
    We were up early. the approach was heinous. Pete went up and sussed out the first section of hard climbing. Fairly straight-forward up a right facing flake. It was soon my turn. Very hard up the flake and then what? even harder moves past the flake and onto the face above. Petes turn. After 45 feet of 5.9 or 5.10 the route starts pouring it on. Really thin moves off a broken lie-back leads up to the first of two bolts. Full-on 5.11 crimps just to maintain. But you’ve gotta make the clip or it’s a sailer for sure! Well, Pete tried and really hung on, but he flew with all the slack out to clip, resulting in a huge fall.
    I wanted nothing to do with that kind of action. But as they say, I had “asked for it”. Up I went. above the flake now and closing in on that bolt. Somehow I managed to clip the bolt before giving in to fear and exhaustion. I didn’t fall per se, mostly just chickened out.
    Pete’s up. Above the flake and looking strong. First bolt clipped and above it… Not today. A short fall convinces the both of us to bag it and come back fresh in the morning.
    Naturally there was a contingent waiting when we returned to camp. We told everyone we were going back up in the morning.
    The next day Peter Absolon and I made the 2nd ascent of the route, the first of its grade at the crag.

    Pete was like an older brother to me. He was killed by a thrown rock while climbing at one of his ‘home’ crags.
    I miss him a lot.

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