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Public Lands and the Future of Advocacy: An Interview with Brady Robinson (Part I in an Interview Series)

On November 16, 2016, the Access Fund released a statement in response to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, "What Will the Trump Administration Mean for Climbing?" We've since followed up with Brady Robinson, executive director of the Access Fund and chair of the Outdoor Alliance, to learn more about his thoughts on the broader future of environmental issues and public lands—and the roles that climbers might play in helping to conserve wild places.

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Beyond the Dusk: El Hermano, Andes, Chile

After the death of her brother Michael in June 2012, Suzanne Ybarra noticed a reference to a mysterious "El Hermano" amid his files, along with photos of a massive unclimbed wall. In 2014 one of Michael's friends, Libby Sauter, organized an expedition to make the first ascent and complete his dream.

Beyond the Guide: White Mountains, New Hampshire

For years, Alan Cattabriga has roamed the White Mountains of New Hampshire, exploring the spaces between the contour lines of maps and creating long, arabesque-like enchainments of classic ice routes. Herein, a tale from one of the East Coast's most imaginative wanderers.

Buffalo Soldiers in the Cavalryman's Paradise

Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson explores "the pitch of the wild" for the Buffalo Soldiers on patrol in Yosemite at the turn of the twentieth century.

Edges of Maps: The Mountain Stories of Kyle Dempster

At the time of his disappearance on the Ogre II, Kyle Dempster was one of the most promising mountain storytellers of his generation. Alpinist editor-in-chief Katie Ives looks back at some of work, and wonders about the writer he might have become.

Freedom in the Hills

For decades, female alpinists have made extraordinary ascents from remote big walls to storm-swept peaks. In an article from Alpinist 52 (Winter 2015), Charlotte Austin explored some of the lingering barriers of the past and the growing potential for the future.

Local Hero: Hanniah Tariq

Vanessa Beucher writes about Pakistani activist Hanniah Tariq, founder of High Altitude Sustainability Pakistan, an organization dedicated to the well-being of expedition workers, their families and the mountain environment.

Local Hero: Stephen Shobe

James Edward Mills writes about one of his climbing heroes, Stephen Shobe, a mountain guide and member of Expedition Denali, a group that continues to promote diversity in outdoor education.

Off Route and Out of Time - The Sharp End, Alpinist 56

Back in April 2016, Canadian alpinist Marc-Andre Leclerc described his solo of the Emperor Face of Mt. Robson: "My thoughts had reached a depth and clarity that I had never before experienced. The magic was real.... I was deeply content that I had not carried a watch with me to keep time.... I felt more at peace than I would have had I been counting my rate of kilometers per hour." In the Editor's Note for Alpinist 56, Katie Ives looks at the complex relationship that has long existed between evolving visions of mountaineering and the measurement of space and time.

Seeking Space - The Climbing Life

An unexpected encounter on a hillside in New Mexico leads Jane Jackson to reconsider the environmental impacts of climbers and the conservation of public lands.

The Country of Winter: Nitassinan, Quebec

Pete Takeda ventures into some of the vast realms of ice, and the countries within countries of Nitassinan and northeastern Quebec.

The Glaciers Are Retreating: Southern Alps, New Zealand

In a story from Alpinist 38 (Spring 2012), Paul Hersey explores a landscape at the edge of loss on the fleeting ice fields of New Zealand's Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

The Shining Mountains

Popular books recount the early days of Canadian mountaineering as a story of epic discoveries. In this story from Alpinist 50, historians Zac Robinson and Stephen Slemon examine what often gets left out: the extent to which the "explorers" relied on the prior geographic knowledge of Indigenous guides.