Weekly Feature Archives

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.

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.