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Michael Kennedy Named Editor-in-Chief of Alpinist Magazine
Posted on: March 16, 2009
Michael Kennedy in Yosemite National Park, June 2006. Kennedy, climbing legend and longtime editor of Climbing Magazine, will now act as editor-in-chief of Alpinist Magazine. "My aim is to continue to explore the heart and soul of the climbing experience," Kennedy says. [Photo] Michael Kennedy
Height of Land Publications, the independent publisher of Alpinist, Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines, announced today the well-known climber and editor Michael Kennedy will join Senior Editor Katie Ives to relaunch Alpinist Magazine. Issue 26 ships to subscribers, shops and newsstands April 15, 2009.
Founded by Christian Beckwith and Marc Ewing and operated in Jackson, Wyoming, until the autumn of last year, the quarterly Alpinist features a timeless, clean design with minimal ads. Publishing only the highest quality and most authentic climbing art and writing, Alpinist portrays the essence of the climbing life, inspired by an ethos of beauty, purity and style, and a dedication to help preserve the natural world that makes all adventures possible.
"My aim is to continue to explore the heart and soul of the climbing experience," says Kennedy, "building on the incredible foundation Alpinist has developed over the last six years." Widely known in the climbing community for his work at Climbing Magazine from 1974 to 1998, Kennedy served as an advisor to Alpinist since its inception in 2002. In over 35 years of climbing he has ventured far and wide, from pioneering Colorado ice climbs to lightweight alpine climbs in Alaska and the Himalaya, and he remains an active rock climber and backcountry skier today.
Independent publisher Height of Land Publications was founded in Jeffersonville, Vermont in 2002 and currently owns and operates Alpinist, Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines. "Our mission is pretty simple," says co-founder and Height of Land Publications Editorial Director Adam Howard, "to publish about that which we live. Michael is climbing, and he understands little companies like ours. It's a perfect fit."
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