Zine-versary

Zine-versary

Over a decade ago, Luke Mehall drove The Freedom Mobile, a tattered and graffitied 1988 Mazda, to Durango with hopes of making a fresh start. His only “professional” contact were the editors of this fine newspaper, who offered a hundred bucks for a freelance story. 

He also brought a publication called The Climbing Zine, with him, which at the time was a stapled together black and white, punk rock style zine. “The Zine,” as it’s known to its dedicated readers, blossomed from its humble roots, and now has thousands of subscribers in over 20 countries. (Mehall has also published five books since moving here, and last year started a podcast called Dirtbag State of Mind.) 

Last year was the official 10-year mark, but the pandemic halted any sort of celebration. Now, finally, this Thurs., Sept. 16, at the Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden, The Zine is hosting an official celebration to celebrate 10 years and 20 volumes. 

Sponsored by Maria’s Bookshop and Pine Needle Dry Goods the celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. with poetry, storytelling, a short film, and a raffle. Visit climbingzine.com for more details. 

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