Weekly Feature Archives

1939: The Eye of the Storm

Posted July 18, 2018

In this Mountain Profile essay from Alpinist 62, Julia Pulwicki translates Janusz Klarner's account of the first ascent of Nanda Devi East in 1939 by Klarner's Polish team. This essay is part of an extensive two-part feature by Pete Takeda that includes other essays by various authors as well as this one.

Sentinels of the Alpine

Posted July 11, 2018

Katherine Indermaur considers her connection to alpine environments and the history represented by the lodgepole pine.

To Look the Bear in the Eye; The Life of Yasushi Yamanoi

Posted July 6, 2018

In this story from Alpinist 62, Sartaj Ghuman chronicles the adventures of Yasushi Yamanoi. At 53 years old, Yamanoi has survived multiple epics in the mountains. He remains a talented climber despite lost fingers and toes, broken teeth and bones and other severe injuries. He is on the long list for the 2018 Piolets d'Or for a first ascent he did last year with Takaaki Furuhata of a 5970-meter peak in India's Zanskar Range. Ghuman was their liaison officer and, after meeting Yamanoi, he wanted to write about the low-key man who has been making significant high-altitude first ascents for decades—in pure alpine style.

Full Circle: how and why Sunny Stroeer became the first woman (and third person) to finish Aconcagua's 360 Route in a solo push

Posted June 27, 2018

Sunny Stroeer became the first woman (and third person) to complete Aconcagua's 360 Route in a solo push last February. For this story, Emma Murray asked Stroeer how she went from being a student who rarely ventured outside town—even when Stroeer lived in Switzerland's "outdoor capital of the world"—to an ambitious outdoor athlete, and what motivates her to keep pushing her limits.

A dusty box of golden memories: photos from the life of Kim Schmitz (1946-2016)

Posted June 26, 2018

Savannah Cummins befriended the legendary alpinist Kim Schmitz in recent years when they were living in Jackson, Wyoming. Schmitz gave Cummins a box of old photos shortly before he died in a one-car accident in September 2016 at age 70. Rick Ridgeway, John Roskelley and Jack Tackle assisted in identifying some of the images, and in honor of Kim's memory, we share some of his collection with you now.

Adventures on the Turtle's Back

Posted June 13, 2018

In this story from Alpinist 62, "Adventures on the Turtle's Back," Joe Whittle, an enrolled tribal member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and a descendent of the Delaware Nation, spends time in canyons and mountains that Indigenous people call home. Kanim Moses-Conner, Bobby Fossek, Len Necefer, Mia Ritter-Whittle and Brosnan Spencer join him on a shared journey to connect with the land and their Native American heritage in the Wal'wa-maXs, Oregon.

The Mountain of Data

Posted May 31, 2018

In this Sharp End story from Alpinist 62, Editor-in-Chief Katie Ives contextualizes some of the life and work of the great Himalayan chronicler Elizabeth Hawley, who died January 26, 2018, at age 94. During her lifetime, Hawley became an icon for her fact-checking and record-keeping, aspects of journalism that remain as important as ever today.

A collection of letters

Posted May 25, 2018

Selected letters to the editor from Alpinist 59, 61 and 62.

Under Pulse

Posted April 16, 2018

In this Off Belay story from Alpinist 61, Jerry Auld imagines a close encounter with the gears of a massive mechanical system lurching under the surface of a glacier. The tale was inspired by some of his glacier travel in which he once fell into a crevasse and from a 2013 ski circumnavigation of Mt. Logan in Canada's Kluane National Park. He writes, "When you are in the palm of such a setting, it is hard to not feel the importance of keeping these environments working. I wanted to tell that story—to visualize a wounded Earth that is starting to stall, and how tiny and bewildered we become in that situation."

Dreaming of Afghan Mountains

Posted April 9, 2018

In this feature story from Alpinist 61, Eileen Guo recounts some of the history of mountaineering in Afghanistan over decades of political change and war. Today, amid the ongoing conflict and insecurity in the country, local and international alpinists still try to restore a mountain tourism economy, while groups of Afghan women search for a sense of independence on the rugged granite peaks.



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