Alpinist Magazine is an archival-quality, quarterly publication dedicated to the art of ascent in its most powerful manifestations, presenting a vision of climbing and its lifestyle that matches the intensity of the pursuit itself.
Founded by Christian Beckwith and Marc Ewing, the first issue of Alpinist launched from a small office in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 2002. In 2009, the magazine was re-launched by Height of Land in Jeffersonville, Vermont. From the beginning, the staff and contributors have maintained that making great climbing stories and art requires the same boldness, commitment, integrity and imagination as the most cutting-edge ascents.
We believe in sinker jams high off the deck, a bomber nut, the crescent moon, your partner's whoop, sand-washing the fry pan, road trips, one-swing sticks, remembering to breathe, alpine starts (more for the alpenglow than the early hour), espresso in the desert, the plunge step, lenticular cloud caps, rest days, the focus of a runout, a cold beer at the end of it all.
More than fifteen years after those words appeared in the Editor's Note of Alpinist 0, we still uphold these traditions, even as we continue to add new voices and forms of expression. Alpinist also still depends on the support of our readers. We've always believed in the value of independent media, journalistic integrity and artistic innovation. We don't publish sponsored content, and our print magazine features minimal advertising. Instead, we rely on magazine sales and subscriptions to keep us going.
Any purchase in our online store--from a subscription to a single issue or T-shirt--helps ensure that we continue to produce stories that are carefully edited, beautifully illustrated and thoroughly fact-checked, both in print and online. Only a small fraction of articles from the print magazine appear on our website. For a glimpse of all that Alpinist has to offer, pick up a copy of the magazine at your local retailer or in our online store.
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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, The New York Times, 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 managing 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.
Anna Callaghan is the temporary assistant editor at Alpinist, filling in for Katie Ives while Katie is on sabbatical. Anna is a freelance writer and filmmaker. Her writing regularly appears in Outside magazine, and her films--primarily short documentaries--have shown in festivals like Banff, Tribeca and Telluride Mountain Film. Anna has a masters degree in international relations and journalism from New York University. She enjoys running 100 miles at a time, skiing, and climbing rock and snow.