Weekly Feature Archives

Remembering Eric Bjornstad, Desert Rat of the Old School

Posted December 19, 2014

One desert icon remembers the life of another.

Alpine-Style Attempts on the South Face of Nuptse

Posted December 9, 2014

Two Canadian alpinists dodge large avalanches on the storied South Face of Nuptse. None of their several attempts extends beyond half height on the massive alpine wall, but—through careful decision-making—they live to tell the story.

Short Film: K6 West

Posted December 1, 2014

Raphael Slawinski, Ian Welsted and Jesse Huey travel to Pakistan to climb K6 West. At the moment of their departure down the KKH, they learn of the massacre at Nanga Parbat base camp. Each is now faced with a decision. As Jesse returns home, Raphael and Ian continue with the trip and ultimately stand on the 7040m unclimbed summit.

To Know

Posted November 26, 2014

In the final installment of our series of essays about climbing in the High Sierra's Palisades group, Steve Porcella quests for the "remote, barren, trailless, treeless, oxygenless and peopleless," where he finds out what it is to really know a mountain range.

Back(side) Pain

Posted November 24, 2014

"Sixty-five Sierra routes that first summer; about a dozen the next, a fifth of them first ascents. Brutal-as-hell approaches with seventy-pound packs, decrepit knees and bad footwear. I blame Steve, but really, he and I were just the syringe plungers, and the Sierra Nevada was the heroin."

More than a Mountain

Posted November 21, 2014

Peter Croft ambles along "the local epicenter of sideways mountaineering"—the High Sierra's Palisades—in his own Peter Croft kind of way.

The Nature of Memory

Posted November 20, 2014

Joan Jensen searches through old boxes to uncover memories of her daring yet methodical soulmate, the late Don Jensen.

Middle Palisade

Posted November 19, 2014

One tenacious historian relives the early days of Palisades climbing.

A Note from Our Palisades Profile Writer

Posted November 18, 2014

I thought I knew the Palisades, my home range. That is until I was deep in the process of writing a Mountain Profile about them for Alpinist 48.

Picking the Plum Line on the Storm Creek Headwall

Posted November 12, 2014

"...As Marc neared the station, he asked if all climbing in the Rockies was this good. I had to apologize for spoiling him on his first route."

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