Luke Mehall

Luke Mehall lives in Durango, Colorado. He is the publisher of The Climbing Zine, an independent print publication and website, and he is the author of American ClimberGraduating From College MeThe Great American Dirtbags and Climbing Out of Bed. He has been published in AlpinistRock and Ice and Patagonia’s blog, “The Cleanest Line.” He has also appeared on the The Enormocast and The Dirtbag Diaries podcasts. In 2017, his mustache was named the best of Indian Creek.

The Magic of the Desert

The creation of Bears Ears National Monument was something that seemed more inevitable in the summer of 2016. It seems like now it’s one of those things where you’re on one side or the other because after all, I’m writing this book in the Trump years, and no one is getting along or in the…

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The Uncertain Future of Indian Creek

As I write these words, the future of this place we humans now call Indian Creek is up in the balance. In December of 2016, President Obama designated Bears Ears—in which Indian Creek is located—a national monument under the Antiquities Act. But lawmakers are pushing to rescind this designation in favor of privatization and development.…

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Excerpt from “American Climber” by Luke Mehall

After El Capitan, my desire for wall climbing diminished. Perhaps it was growing older, or perhaps it was just my surroundings. The Black Canyon was no longer an hour away. Yosemite was no longer in my waking dreams every day. Durango was so close to the desert, and thus the desert became all that mattered…

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The Underwear Story Part Two: A Climber’ Dream Comes True

When a dream is achieved a new level of consciousness can be entered. During a road trip last year, full of California dreaming, I achieved two personal dreams: climbing El Capitan in Yosemite, and becoming an underwear model for Patagonia. Both dreams were mere sparks at first. Any climber that sees El Capitan considers climbing…

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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 is my job to record, to pause, to go back in time, if only slightly, and squeeze the juice out of divine moments, and leave something special for those that…

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The Underwear Story: A Climber’s Dream

My dream job would be being an underwear model. A friend helped me figure this out one day after I’d just purchased some new undies, and we were looking at the models on the packaging. “What a job that would be, wearing underwear for a living,” I said. “You could do it,” Amber answered. “And…

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