How do you decide which mountain to feature for an Alpinist Profile?

The first thing to consider is the peak itself. It has to be beautiful, prominent, historically significant, something the reader will care about.

Then we search for the lead author. Ideally we're able to find someone who has an intimate connection with the peak (usually a significant first ascent) and an ability to dig into the story. This often proves to be the crux; lots of people like the idea, but few are willing to commit the time and energy required for a 10,000-word project.

ŚMichael Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief



North aspect of Latok III, I and II. [Photo] Mark Richey