Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Climbing Zine Manifesto

(our new logo by Mallory Logan)

In the very near future The Climbing Zine will be dropping the greatest zine ever, Volume 4. This zine will be available on eReaders, as well as in a full color deluxe printed version; our goal is to offer the best of both worlds. In conjunction with this we will be launching our new website, devoted strictly to The Climbing Zine. My blog has served as the informal website for the zine, but now it's time to take things to the next level.

While reflecting on what The Climbing Zine truly is, I typed up this manifesto. It articulates who we are, and what we represent.

The Manifesto

In an age when the power has been given to the people, we have come to offer up our own outlet for what rock climbing means to us, The Climbing Zine.

We were born on the rock face, in the moment, gripped, but so focused that our fear was transcended, and channeled. We climbed. We found the essence of climbing on the rock. We found a feeling like no other, a high, one of connecting with nature.

We created The Climbing Zine because we couldn’t find a source of media that told the stories of climbing we wanted to read. The culture of rock climbing is evolving and changing. We recognize that the only constant is change. The world is changing, how we interact, and how we tell our stories. Yet as much as climbing changes, its core remains the same. We’re beautifully human on a rock climb. We face our fear, and overcome.

We care little for numbers, we care for words, and we love a great story. As Alex Lowe once so eloquently and simply said, “The best climber is the one having the most fun.”
The Climbing Zine is a collection of memories of treasured experiences. It is 2012 and we are here to represent the soul of rock climbing, and take it back to the essence.


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