The Desert is Luke Mehall’s fifth and final offering in his series of dirtbag climbing books. The book begins with Mehall’s first trip to The Desert, a visit to Indian Creek in 1999, and chronicles nearly two decades of experiences.
The Desert is Luke Mehall’s fifth and final offering in his series of dirtbag climbing books.
The book begins with Mehall’s first trip to the Desert, a visit to Indian Creek in 1999, and chronicles nearly two decades of experiences. Over time the author grows from thinking that the red rock desert of the Colorado Plateau is just another stop along the way, to finding himself more and more at home there. Ultimately the author’s passion for first ascents with his best friends fuels his desire to get to know the area in an intimate way. At the same time that this transformation occurs the Bears Ears National Monument is created by the Obama administration, and then ultimately dismantled. While the ultimate decision by the courts is awaited Mehall contemplates the importance of public lands for the soul of America.
The Desert is a definitive, independently published account of a dirtbag climber searching for love, passion, fresh air, and, ultimately an escape from the hyper-connectedness of the modern world.
Luke Mehall lives in Durango, Colorado. He is the publisher of The Climbing Zine, an independent print publication and website, and he is the author of American Climber, Graduating From College Me, The Great American Dirtbags, and Climbing Out of Bed. He has been published in the Alpinist, Rock and Ice, and Patagonia's blog, The Cleanest Line. He has also appeared on the Enormocast and Dirtbag Diaries podcasts.
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