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The Alpinist Podcast

The Alpinist podcast extends our conversations with climbers and community members into a new medium: from fresh interviews to untold stories, and from humorous adventure tales to in-depth discussions of significant issues in the climbing world today.

LATEST EPISODE

Bernadette McDonald and Voytek Kurtyka

Art of Freedom: Bernadette McDonald and Voytek Kurtyka

Perhaps no other writer has explored Cold War and post-Soviet era mountaineering more than Bernadette McDonald has. In this episode, Bernadette McDonald discusses her award-winning book, Art of Freedom, a biography of Voytek Kurtyka, one of the most accomplished, and reclusive, alpinists of our time. Known for his philosophical approach, Kurtyka believed in the transformative power of climbing. He wrote, "When we entrust our faith to an absurdly beautiful mountain, we are being true to our vocation.... This is why I find climbing to be one of the most encouraging and exhilarating efforts of my life. This is the drug of mountaineering--the liberation."

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Mayan Smith-Gobat. [Photo] John Dickey

Stillness and Storms: Mayan Smith-Gobat

In 2002, Mayan Smith--Gobat was in a ski accident and broke her jaw and both feet. Within a few weeks, she turned her focus to climbing and began training while her feet were still in casts. Nine years later, she became the second woman ever to free climb the Salathe Wall on El Capitan. Today, she's concentrating on Riders on the Storm, a 1,300--meter big wall on the icy east face of Torre Central in Chilean Patagonia, which still hasn't had a free ascent. For more on this climb, check out Smith-Gobat's article "Stillness and Storms" in Issue 55 of Alpinist magazine.

[Photo] John Dickey

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Bear Lodge. [Photo] Nick Mott

In the Bear's Lodge: Voices from Devils Tower

Many climbers observe the voluntary climbing ban at Bear Lodge (Devils Tower) in Wyoming during the month of June as their way to show respect for local Native American cultures. In this episode, journalist Nick Mott discusses the voluntary closure with local climbers and Indigenous leaders, to learn more about their views on the history.

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Jim Herrington. [Photo] Sara Zmudzinski

The Climbers: Jim Herrington and Fred Beckey

In the 1990s, after more than a decade of climbing in the Sierra Nevada, Jim Herrington embarked on a journey to photograph some of the most formidable mountaineers of the past generation. In this episode, rock-and-roll photographer Herrington discusses his recently released coffee-table book The Climbers and some of the stories from behind the scenes. Plus, a tribute to Fred Beckey.

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Mountaineering and Climate Change

Mountaineering and Climate Change

At altitude, many mountain communities are already experiencing the severe consequences of climate change. Climbers have reported witnessing the effects of warming temperatures as well, from receding glaciers to increasing rockfall. In this episode, associate editor Paula Wright discusses climate change impacts on mountain environments with climbers and researchers, including Mark Carey, Pasang Yangjee Sherpa and Alison Criscitiello.

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Tommy Caldwell & Bree Loewen

Death and Climbing Part 2: David Roberts

Author and mountaineer David Roberts reads his essay "Death and Climbing," which first appeared in the winter 2016 issue of Alpinist.


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David Roberts

Death and Climbing Part 1: David Roberts

By 1965, at age 22, David Roberts had witnessed three fatal accidents in the mountains. Over fifty years since, Roberts has explored in writing what makes climbing worth the risk. In this episode, Roberts discusses an article he wrote for Alpinist 56, in which he revisits "moments of doubt."

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Conrad Anker

Beyond: Conrad Anker

In November 2016, while attempting the unclimbed Lunag Ri (6907m) with David Lama, Conrad Anker suffered a heart attack and had to descend from the climb to be evacuated by helicopter from advanced base camp. In this episode, Anker recalls the event and considers the effects on his career as an alpinist going forward.

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Tommy Caldwell & Bree Loewen

Mountain Lit: Tommy Caldwell & Bree Loewen

Why does story telling seem so essential to the climbing life? In this episode, we interview two climbers--Tommy Caldwell, whose recent book The Push traces his life from diapers to the Dawn Wall, and Bree Loewen, the author of Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue--on why their mountain travels ignite the desire to write.

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