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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 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,, 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.

More information about Climbing Out of Bed can be found at It will be available on Amazon’s Kindle on Wed., July 4th. The author can be contacted at
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover shot.
Cover shot.

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By Luke Mehall
From: Durango, Colorado
Jul 4, 2012
Here's a link to more beta:

And here's a link to the book on Kindle:

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 Doug Wolfe
From: NJ
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 Jft
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:
By Doug Wolfe
From: NJ
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

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