Weekly Feature Archives

Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits (Chapter 2)

Posted April 3, 2015

A few weeks ago, we published Matt Van Biene's black-and-white portraits of climbers in El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia. This week we bring you chapter 2 of Biene's project—this time with continuous scrolling—with his remaining images.

Lion in Winter: Mt. Temple's North Face

Posted March 30, 2015

They call the Canadian Rockies' Mt. Temple the Eiger of North America. Both peaks offer sheer north faces with steep imposing headwalls that soar 1500 meters above the valleys below, both feature compact limestone, both are regularly subject to tempestuous weather that can appear out of seemingly calm skies. Perhaps most importantly, both are steeped in mystery, lore and ominous histories.

Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits

Posted March 18, 2015

Recently, while browsing through Instagram, I noticed about a half dozen images by Matt Van Biene—climber portraits taken in El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia. The black-and-white portraits, shot very close to the climbers, caught my eye. I sent him a quick message stating that we were interested in showcasing his work on alpinist.com.

John Price: Canadian Rockies Ice

Posted March 6, 2015

Photographer John Price has been climbing for the past six years and shooting photos for the past three."I've been lucky to have photographic mentors in the Rockies," he tells us.

Carl Battreall: A Collection of Climbed and Unclimbed Alaska Peaks

Posted March 2, 2015

Photographer Carl Battreall shares his collection of Alaska's climbed and unclimbed peaks. The photos in this collection are from his upcoming book, The Alaska Range, due out in spring 2016.

Sarah Uhl—Rear View Mountains

Posted February 27, 2015

"I'm self-taught, my friend" says illustrator Sarah Uhl over heavy static from the road on her way back to Carbondale, Colo. from Hood River, Ore. "I started making illustrations about a year ago." Her work has appeared in the latest issue of Alpinist, various projects for The American Alpine Club, Mountain Flyer Magazine and on semi-rad's tees.

Interview with Reinhold Messner

Posted February 18, 2015

Alpinist's Digital Editor Chris Van Leuven sits down with legendary alpinist Reinhold Messner on February 2, 2015, to talk about rock climbing, high-altitude climbing, Messner's castle and mountaineering museum, and his well-known climbing partner Peter Habeler.

Free Mud

Posted February 12, 2015

Alpinist's Digital Editor met with Stevie Haston at the 2015 Winter Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City to talk about his love for the Utah desert. As a follow-up to the interview, we're republishing Haston's account of completing the Titan's first free ascent, via the 1,000-foot Sundevil Chimney (5.13a).

Searching for Jensen

Posted February 10, 2015

Alpinist's intern from last summer, Brad Rassler, goes on a quest to learn about fallen mountaineer, mathematician and pack designer Don Jensen.

Kevin Jorgeson: The Last Day on the Dawn Wall

Posted February 2, 2015

Alpinist's Digital Editor Chris Van Leuven visits with Kevin Jorgeson at the Outdoor Retailer show on January 22 to discuss the last day of the Dawn Wall, Day 19, Jorgeson's battle with the 5.12 flare on Pitch 29, and the final moments before reaching the top.