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Luke Mehall

About Luke

Luke Mehall is the founder and publisher of Climbing Zine, a truly unique literary journal and website that’s Durango-made. An avid climber, Mehall wanted to create a publication dedicated entirely to the joy and adventure of climbing. We spoke with Mehall to learn more about his journey as a climber and writer.

What I Love Most About Durango

“For me, the intersection of mountains and desert was the first way to describe the geography. I can be at Indian Creek in two-and-a-half hours, which is my favorite place in the world: the Indian Creek climbing area in the Moab Desert. And then you can be up in the mountains in 15-20 minutes. That’s really what makes Durango unique.”

Mehall’s Story

Mehall is the author of books like American Climber, The Great American Dirtbags, Climbing Out of Bed, and Graduating From College Me. He has also written for The Alpinist, Climbing Magazine, Rock and Ice, Utah Adventure Journal, Durango Telegraph, and Gunnison Country Times, among many other publications.

But before he launched his full-time literary career, Mehall worked at another local favorite, Zia Taqueria. “Before I became a full-time writer and editor in the last few years, I worked at Zia Taqueria. It’s really good. I worked there for five years and I still eat there all the time.”

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