Weekly Feature Archives

Face Time with Wild Man Stevie Haston

Posted January 30, 2015

Alpinist sits down at the Outdoor Retailer trade show to interview Stevie Haston, the UK powerhouse known for his bold, standard-setting climbs across all genres, hair-raising desert-tower free ascents on rock barely more solid than mud and his blunt-spoken manner. Now living on the Maltese island of Gozo, Haston still whips out 1,500-pull-up training days to keep his edge.

Bob Craig: Remembering the 1953 K2 Expedition

Posted January 18, 2015

Alpinist contributor Bob Craig passed away at age 90. He's legendary for his role in the 1953 K2 expedition and the attempt to rescue team member Art Gilkey. The following story was originally published in Alpinist 37.

Mike Dewey: The Art of Observation

Posted January 9, 2015

Longtime Yosemite climber, and mixed-medium artist Mike Dewey expresses his love for the walls and climbing community on canvas and stone.

Video: Fitz Traverse

Posted January 8, 2015

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold travel to Patagonia to find the limit of their capabilities, and "do the kind of stuff [they] see in Alpinist Magazine."

Video: Aid Turns Free on Mt. Hooker

Posted December 31, 2014

Inspired during a trip to Wyoming's Wind River Range the previous season, David Allfrey, Nik Berry and Mason Earle returned to the Winds this August to free an A3 route on Mt. Hooker. Kyle Berkompas filmed their project.

Slideshow: Unclimbed Big Walls of Siberia

Posted December 29, 2014

Inspired by a single photo, Australians Chris Fitzgerald and Chris Warner visit unclimbed big walls in remote northeastern Russia. Pulling out moss clumps and excavating gear placements with a nut tool, the team established six new routes and, with their camera, captured the experience.

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.