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Book Release - Climbing Out of Bed

Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Jun 27, 2012

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Climbing Out of Bed to be released on July 4th

Climbing Out of Bed, the first book from Luke Mehall, will be released on Wednesday, July 4th. It will be initially released as an e-book on Kindle, followed by the printed version. Climbing Out of Bed is a collection of rock climbing and mountain town stories, written over the last 13 years.

The muses of Mehallís 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 Patagoniaís 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 Mehallís writing makes him think of Jack Kerouac, on a good day. ďI donít 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,Ē Sibley said.

More information about Climbing Out of Bed can be found at www.climbingzine.com. It will be available on Amazonís Kindle on Wed., July 4th. The author can be contacted at lukemehall@gmail.com.

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By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 4, 2012

Here's a link to more beta: www.climbingzine.com/portfolios/climbing-out-of-bed-released>>>

And here's a link to the book on Kindle: www.amazon.com/Climbing-Out-of-Bed-ebook/dp/B008H3WFHS/ref=s>>>


By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 6, 2012

Here is an excerpt from the book, via Patagonia's blog, The Cleanest Line.


By Marcus garcia
From: Durango, Co.
Jul 13, 2012

can not wait to read it. I still would like to sit down and talk about my writting.

By D.E.W.
Jul 16, 2012

Great Read! It was hard to put down

By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 17, 2012

Thanks guys. Marcus, we'll def. meet up sometime soon.

D.E.W: glad you liked it. Have you read the climbing zine at all? If not, check that out it's very similar writing, but all climbing-related.


By Timmy Foulkes
Jul 23, 2012

Right on Luke! I am so stoked for you and this great accomplishment. I have read some of these stories over the years but I cannot wait to read it in book format. Super Word

By Lindajft
From: maricopa, AZ
Jul 25, 2012

I'm 1/2 way through you book of short stories. Really enjoy them, wish they weren't short.

I hope your try your hand (pun) at writing a novel of sorts. I really love reading in detail books on the outdoors and of the adventures we outdoor folks do. (Mountain folks) It gives me that fix while sitting in the busy city.

Good for you,
Keep going forward

and of course,
climb on


By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 27, 2012

Linda: Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot! I do have a novel in the works, which will be about mountain folks, dirtbags, and rock climbing. Not exactly sure how long it will take, but hopefully I'll have it out within the next two years.

Tim: word!


By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Aug 8, 2012

It's up on Nook now as well: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/climbing-out-of-bed-luke-mehall/111>>>

By D.E.W.
Sep 24, 2012

Yeah I got both Vol. 3 & 4 for my Kindle. One problem, though I'm missing 1 & 2.
3 and 4 were good reads as well.

By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Apr 15, 2013

The print version of Climbing Out of Bed is now available. thanks for the support. here's the link:

Climbing Out of Bed, print version, via Benighted Publications