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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By now, you’ve probably heard of the Texas couple hiking with their infant daughter on the Purgatory Flats trail, north of Durango, who called for a search and rescue helicopter after spotting a mountain lion.
What hasn’t been addressed, however, is who ultimately paid for the flight out.
- OHVs ousted
A little update from our friends in The Great White North, otherwise known as Silverton.
Back in June, we reported Silverton was headed toward yet another vote on whether to allow OHVs in town. Well, that happened Tuesday, and the results are in: OHVs will no longer be permitted to ride within town limits.
- Let the games begin
Next weekend, Fort Lewis College mountain bikers are going to party like it’s 1990. From Oct. 14-17, the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships descend, quite literally, on Purgatory, home to the fabled 1990 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.
- Hello, kitty
Be on the lookout! Wildlife officials are urging people to use some extra caution after a mountain lion charged a hiker early one morning last week in Overend Mountain Park, on the west side of Durango.