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The Dirtbag State of Mind podcast from The Climbing Zine is here to bring the stories of our publisher Luke Mehall to the audio format. For our first season we will be reading and offering commentary on American Climber, the memoir by Mehall.

Dirtbag State of Mind podcast, from The Climbing Zine Luke Mehall

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 42 Ratings

The Dirtbag State of Mind podcast from The Climbing Zine is here to bring the stories of our publisher Luke Mehall to the audio format. For our first season we will be reading and offering commentary on American Climber, the memoir by Mehall.

    The Art of Being Crusty

    The Art of Being Crusty

    Another bonus episode, Luke Mehall reads a story from Volume 21 of The Climbing Zine. (Photo of Hobo Greg by Emmie Snead)

    Support The Zine + the DSOM podcast by subscribing, picking up some zines, books, or other merch (this link is good for 15% off anything in the store):  https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15

    Become a Patreon Supporter of the show (and get hooked up w/ goodies): https://www.patreon.com/theclimbingzine

    Read some stories/watch our films here: www.climbingzine.com

     

    A Climber In The Winter of His Content

    A Climber In The Winter of His Content

    Luke Mehall reads a piece of his, about some winter climbing adventures and first ascents in Indian Creek. This piece was originally published in Volume 4 of The Climbing Zine.

    Support The Zine + the DSOM podcast by picking up some goodies in our store (this link is good for 15% off): https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15

    Become a Patreon Supporter of the show (and get hooked up w/ goodies): https://www.patreon.com/theclimbingzine

    Read some stories/watch our films here: www.climbingzine.com

    • 22 min
    One More Creeksgiving

    One More Creeksgiving

    A bonus episode to wrap up 2021, about Mehall’s experience at this year’s Creeksgiving, in Indian Creek, Bears Ears National Monument.

    Support The Zine + the DSOM podcast by picking up some goodies in our store (this link is good for 15% off): https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15

    Become a Patreon Supporter of the show (and get hooked up w/ goodies): https://www.patreon.com/theclimbingzine

    Read more stories/watch our films here: www.climbingzine.com

    • 11 min
    Get Sends and Keep Writing with Devin Dabney

    Get Sends and Keep Writing with Devin Dabney

    For our final conversation in 2021, Luke chats with Devin Dabney, who is a Senior Contributor to The Climbing Zine. Devin is a poet, rapper, essayist, and host of the American Climbing Project podcast. In this conversation Devin and Luke “nerd out” on the intersection of hip-hop and climbing, as well as the writing process, and why essays and books are more important now more than ever.

    He also discusses his personal experiences as being a Black climber in rural areas in the United States. And we talk about “American Outlaw” culture and the racial differences between these different groups. Plus, we realize Devin needs his own TV show, ala Killer Mike and “Trigger Warning”.

    Check out the American Climbing Project podcast: https://www.americanclimbingproject.com

    Read Get Sends or Die Tryin’ by Devin: https://climbingzine.com/get-sends-or-die-tryin-by-devin-dabney

    Support The Zine + the DSOM podcast by picking up some goodies in our store (this link is good for 15% off): https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15

    Become a Patreon Supporter of the show (and get hooked up w/ goodies): https://www.patreon.com/theclimbingzine

    Photo of Devin by Nikki Smith

    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Climbing Advocate Podcast with Peter Horgan

    The Climbing Advocate Podcast with Peter Horgan

    This fall I sat down with Peter Horgan, from The Climbing Advocate Podcast, in a camper in Indian Creek. We have a conversation ranging from poetic influences like Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead, to first ascents in Indian Creek, to starting the Durango Climbers Coalition.

    Check out The Climbing Advocate Podcast: https://www.accessfund.org/learn/the-climbing-advocate-podcast

    The Access Fund is currently running a fundraising campaign to help address the issues in climbing. Support that campaign here: https://www.accessfund.org/join-or-give/save-climbing

    Support The Zine + the podcast by picking up some goodies in our store (this link is good for 15% off): https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15

    Read more stories/watch some films/explore: www.climbingzine.com

     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Climber's Writer: Lucas Roman

    The Climber's Writer: Lucas Roman

    Lucas Roman has emerged as one of the best climbing writers in the last couple years. Luke met up with Lucas in Moab, Utah and then the two headed out to Castle Valley for a great conversation; ranging from Brad Gobright to recovery to the climbing life.

    The second anniversary of Brad’s passing is this November 27th, and Lucas would like to send his love and condolences to Brad’s family and friends.

    The Climbing Grief Fund is an excellent resource for those dealing with grief: https://americanalpineclub.org/grieffund

    Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org

    Check out Lucas’s book, Aperture Alike from Di Angelo Publications: https://www.diangelopublications.com/books/aperture-alike

    Support The Zine + the podcast by picking up our store (this link is good for 15% off): https://shop.climbingzine.com/discount/DIRTBAGPODCAST15

    Read more stories: www.climbingzine.com 

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

rjmcd ,

Free audiobooks!

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and a lot of podcasts. I’m not sure I would’ve gotten around to reading American Climber by Luke Mehall if he hadn’t read it out loud chapter by chapter in the first season of this podcast. I’m really glad I listened to it. It’s an introspective memoir that also captures something larger about middle class American Millennial experience. I think the most interesting thing to me is that Mehall is very honest and introspective about the dirt bag and Vanlife lifestyles. There’s nothing glamorized about them and you realize that there’s a lot of loneliness and aimlessness built into much of those lifestyles. I definitely experienced that when I was younger and the process of growing up that Mehall describes rings true to me. He comes to realize that freedom without love is empty and both freedom and love in their highest forms require a lot of commitment, which requires vision and goals. I got more than I bargained for. Looking forward to The Desert now.

MTsnowsurf ,

Sooo...Good

This is more than just a climbing podcast. The way Luke writes, he creates an appreciation of the smaller things in life and how climbing puts the things we do (outside of climbing) into a better perspective! His zines and books bring the reader into the same mindset as the listeners of this podcast. Keep it coming!

Toothpick Wilson ,

I like your writing

I like your writing. You are a great writer with good insights. But this new format, where you are just interviewing people is less engaging and less interesting. I’m so tired of listening to two people “chat” forever. It’s why I can’t listen to the Enormocast or Mark Maron anymore. I appreciate your writing because so much more thought goes into it than an unrehearsed (and often meandering) conversation.

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