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A book about a life saved by climbing. The closest look into the dirtbag climbing world that the literary world has ever seen.
A book about a life saved by climbing. The closest look into the dirtbag climbing world that the literary world has ever seen.
A book about a life saved by climbing. The closest look into the dirtbag climbing world that the literary world has ever seen.
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American Climber - A Memoir

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American Climber is my third book, my first true "full length" book, a memoir. In short this book tells the story of how climbing, and the community saved my life. I'll be honest, if this wasn't the absolute truth, it would feel incredibly cliche to write, but it is, I needed saving, and climbing and the doors it opens gave me reason to live when I was hopeless, lost, and suicidal. While it starts in a dark place, the book does go towards the light, and then it goes to the high cliffs of The United States and Mexico. 

I've undertaken many writing projects before. (I'm also the publisher of The Climbing Zine, and we've done eight volumes.) But, I've never done a Kickstarter. I've never minded funding my publishing with side gigs, and I'm inherently reluctant to ask for anything before I've produced the work. However, this book is a self-published one, I am a one-man show of an operation, and my scope to promote this book is limited. After pitching to the traditional publishing industry and getting quickly jaded with the experience, I decided I would do this thing myself. Funds use from the campaign will go to promoting the book, printing the book, and the costs for a book tour. 

I also tried to offer super good deals for contributing, and a low price to get involved. 

Thanks for supporting, and bringing this book to a larger audience, I know deep down in my heart the project deserves to be brought to as many people as possible, especially the young and old rebels of the world.  

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The main challenge for my book is to compete with the traditional publishing houses. That said, if my campaign is fully funded I'll have the necessary resources to properly compete in this market.

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    A back issue of The Climbing Zine, either Volume 6 or Volume 7. Quality reading material. Goes where an e-book wouldn't dare.

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    A copy of the new issue of The Climbing Zine, Volume 8. Release date: March 20, 2016.

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    A climbing sticker package from Sticker Art. Bryant, head of Sticker Art believes in this project and has kindly donated these packages. 6 stickers included. Check them out at www.stickerart.com

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    A copy of American Climber, due out April 11, 2016.

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    A one year subscription to The Climbing Zine (two issues) and a copy of American Climber.

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    A two-year subscription to The Climbing Zine (four issues), a copy of American Climber, and a "Dirtbag State of Mind" or "Climbing State of Mind" hoodie.

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    A two-year subscription to The Climbing Zine (four issues), a copy of American Climber, a hoodie, and copies of both of Mehall's first two books: Climbing Out of Bed, and The Great American Dirtbags.

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    A three-year subscription to The Climbing Zine (a minimum of six issues), a copy of American Climber, a hoodie, and copies of both of Mehall's first two books: Climbing Out of Bed, and The Great American Dirtbags.

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    All of the rewards of the $1,000 pledge, plus a day in Indian Creek with Luke Mehall. Your choice of crag.

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