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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Yeah! Now can we have Alpinist online back up, because it has been a LONG time. Once that is back up I will be happy to renew my subscription.

2009-08-22 06:19:51
Mountain Boy

So far I can say you are doing an excellent job keeping the subscription price of "The Magazine Resurrected" a complete secret. Since there doesn't seem to be any information regarding cost in US$ (or any other currency, for that matter), I expect it is acceptable to pay in abraded line, fractured ice axes, nearly-new canvas boots, or all my left- over Marmite and Weatabix?

If he or she can follow my route, send the subscription collector. Thank you.

Mountain Boy

2009-06-01 10:36:50

Congratulations and thank you for bringing the most enjoyable and indepth climbing magazine back to life!

2009-05-31 17:56:55

2009-05-31 17:54:51

Somehow I doubted that Alpinist would rise from the dead so, when Issue 26 arrived in the mail out of the blue one day, I couldn't believe it. I was so excited I was like a kid in a candy store! Thanks so much for breathing life back into an excellent publication and for keeping the original format.

2009-05-28 05:30:05

Between the experience and insight of Michael Kennedy, and the clear talent of Katie Ives, it's going to be exciting to see where Alpinist goes from here. Issue 26 was by all means a success. The downgraded paper stock was barely, barley noticeable. And congrats are due to the editors for sacking up, taking perspective and tackling the elephant in the room of Alpinist's mountain profiles. Deepest, best wishes. No one's going to call the cops if you guys decide to sell some ads this time 'round, too.

Good luck!

2009-05-27 07:06:07

(I can't believe no one has commented on this post! This is the single best thing to ever happen to the Alpinist!)

Alright Michael!! Glad to see you are back in the saddle again! Best wishes for your future there. We have hoped and dreamed to see you at the helm once again and celebrate your return to the chair! Happy editing.


PS - Tell Julie thanks for us. It's safe to say we owe her one!

2009-05-27 05:20:47

Welcome back, Alpinist Newswire. I thoroughly enjoyed reading issue 26 from cover to cover. I did not, however thoroughly enjoy it when my roomates cat dumped a glass of water all over it.

2009-05-20 06:08:49
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