Overview

Climbing Out of Bed is a collection of rock climbing and mountain town stories, written over the last 13 years.

The muses of Mehall’s pieces are the people who make up the rock climbing and mountain town culture. Originally hailing from Illinois, Mehall moved to Colorado in 1999 to attend Western State College, in Gunnison. He describes the experience as being a lost soul who floated to the mountains, and then discovered his true self. Many ...
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Overview

Climbing Out of Bed is a collection of rock climbing and mountain town stories, written over the last 13 years.

The muses of Mehall’s pieces are the people who make up the rock climbing and mountain town culture. Originally hailing from Illinois, Mehall moved to Colorado in 1999 to attend Western State College, in Gunnison. He describes the experience as being a lost soul who floated to the mountains, and then discovered his true self. Many of the stories in Climbing Out of Bed are coming of age tales, especially when the author embarks into the unknown of the rock climbing world.

There are 25 pieces in Climbing Out of Bed, and topics for essays include: friendship, hitchhiking, couch surfing, buildering (climbing buildings), road tripping, dumpster diving, extended camping experiences, dirtbag living, love, loss, wanderlust, and Zen dishwashing

Mehall lived in the Gunnison Valley, Colorado for 11 years, and now resides in Durango, Colorado, where he is a freelance writer. He is also the publisher of The Climbing Zine, an independent rock climbing publication. His work has been published in Crested Butte Magazine, Rock and Ice, Climbing, Mountain Gazette, foxsports.com, and Patagonia’s blog, The Cleanest Line. He also worked at his alma mater, Western State College of Colorado, for three years, as the assistant director of public relations and communications.

George Sibley, author of Dragons in Paradise and senior correspondent to the Mountain Gazette, says that Mehall’s writing makes him think of Jack Kerouac, on a good day. “I don’t know anyone who writes with more enthusiasm, joy and honest about a life that ranges from pearl diving in restaurant kitchen sinks all winter, to climbing the big walls and spires of North America all summer and fall,” Sibley said.
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Be careful what you read, it just might take you places. Within these pages (and other works by Luke Mehall) you will find stories that stir the imagination, light a fire in your heart and inspire you to get after your own adventures and dreams. That's exactly what it did for me. I've always admired those that went "outside the box" to live a life that many only dream of. Climbing Out of Bed is a collection of one man's experiences with LIFE: climbing, mountain town culture, love, friendship, an
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014962742
  • Publisher: Benighted Publications
  • Publication date: 8/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,134,854
  • File size: 503 KB

Meet the Author

Luke Mehall searches for his American Dream on the roads and rocks of The West. He is the publisher of The Climbing Zine. His ultimate goal is to inspire people to live close to their dreams. He is a proud graduate of Western State College of Colorado, in Gunnison. Luke lives in Durango, Colorado, where he is a freelance writer, freelance dishwasher, freelance cook, freelance house sitter and aspiring underwear model.
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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Reviews from George Sibley and Mike Horn

    I've been reading Luke Mehall's work since he was a college student, and will say the same thing now I told him then: I don't know anyone who writes with more enthusiasm, joy and honesty about a life that ranges from pearl diving in restaurant kitchen sinks all winter, to climbing the big walls and spires of North America all summer and fall. His fascination and appreciation at just being alive on the planet make me think of Kerouac on a good day.

    George Sibley, Senior Correspondent, Mountain Gazette, author of Dragons in Paradise.

    Climbing Out of Bed captures the life, love and laughs experienced by a climber who lives an extraordinary life of his own design. It takes little time with Luke to realize his restless, inspired energy is contagious and permeates his whole life and those around him; and it most certainly carries through in his writing as well. You never know where he’ll pop up next and what stories he’ll have to share—but one thing’s for sure—this whacked-out world could use a few more good souls like Luke Mehall.

    Mike Horn, editor Kronicle magazine, co-founder of Stokelab.

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