Alpinist Magazine is an archival-quality, quarterly publication dedicated to world alpinism and adventure climbing. The pages of Alpinist capture the art of ascent in its most powerful manifestations, presenting an articulation of climbing and its lifestyle that matches the intensity of the pursuit itself.
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A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program, Katie Ives is the editor-in-chief of Alpinist. Her writing and translations (from French and Mongolian) have appeared in various publications, including Outside, The American Alpine Journal, Mountain Gazette, Circumference, 91st Meridian and The Rumpus. Her short story, "Transgressions," was published in the 2013 anthology Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing. In 2014 the Austrian climbing magazine Climax named her "Journalist of the Year." In 2016, she received the H. Adams Carter Literary Award from the American Alpine Club, and one of her articles made the Notables list for Best American Sports Writing. That same year, she was featured in Adventure Journal as one of twenty-four women "who are making outdoor adventure better." She enjoys moonlit ice climbs and long granite ridges.
Paula Wright is the associate editor at Alpinist. Originally from Minnesota, she learned to climb at Vedauwoo while studying for a master's degree in creative writing at the University of Wyoming. In addition to working for Alpinist, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, where she was a Jane Krohn Fellow in Literature and the Environment. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Mountain Gazette, Misadventures, the American Alpine Journal and Badlands, among others. For Alpinist 55, she wrote the Mountain Profile of the Wind River Range.
Alpinist's digital editor Derek Franz learned how to tie a figure-eight knot when he was eleven years old, but he was obsessed with all things climbing long before that. He was leading his dad up the Diamond of Longs Peak by age fifteen. A graduate of the University of Colorado's School of Journalism, he wrote an award-winning column in the Post Independent for seven years. He has also published stories in Rock & Ice, SplitterChoss.com and other media. In his spare time, he still manages to climb multiday big walls and committing ice pillars.
Katherine Indermaur is the temporary assistant editor at Alpinist, filling in for Paula Wright while Paula finishes her PhD. Katherine's poetry chapbook Pulse is forthcoming from Ghost City Press, and her writing has appeared in journals such as Poetry South, Voicemail Poems, Muse /A Journal, CALAMITY, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. An MFA candidate at Colorado State University, where she was awarded the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize, she is also the managing editor for Colorado Review. She loves delicately finessing crimps and ascending sketchy slab almost more than drinking a cold IPA in her camping chair under the stars.