Weekly Feature Archives

Visions of Charlie Porter: Introduction

Posted July 21, 2014

"...[A]ll was done quietly, unremarked upon, in classic Porter fashion. With his reticence, [Charlie] Porter was "old-school," a classical figure from the pre-social, un-hyperlinked past in which actions carried greater weight than words and images.... Thus it's mainly through hist friends and partners, a few of whom have contributed the essays that follow, that we know anything of Porter's feats."

An Interview with Alpinist Contributor Forest McBrian

Posted July 17, 2014

Fresh off deadline, the author of our latest Mountain Profile—the North Cascades' Picket Range—Forest McBrian sat down to debrief and explain why, among other nuggets of wisdom, "climbing is like mapping is like writing."

The Picket Range: Contagious Magic

Posted July 17, 2014

Picket Range Mountain Profile writer Forest McBrian writes a short story about sharing his spiritual reconnection to the Pickets with his late stepmother.

Video: Revelations Climbing, A Day in the Life

Posted July 10, 2014

Songwriter and videographer Evan Phillips tells the story of a Revelation Mountains first ascent—without any hype.

Scenes from the Alpinist Office on Deadline

Posted July 7, 2014

After months of working with writers to edit, revise and fact-check the stories that make up Issue 47 of our magazine, all that's left for editors Katie Ives, Gwen Cameron and Shey Kiester to do is proofread.

Soloist Jes Meiris on Going Up the Nose and Falling Down

Posted July 3, 2014

"I wanted to climb it solo in a push, without hauling or sleeping, and I knew that if I was successful I would break the record.... It was appealing because no woman had done it in that style before, and besides, let's face it—hauling sucks."

Slideshow: A Busy Season in the Revelations

Posted June 26, 2014

Following years of quiet climbing, Alaska's Revelation Mountains see their most active season on record.

Video: 'A Tribute to Discomfort'

Posted June 24, 2014

Cory Richards, a regular Alpinist contributor, considers the realm of the uncomfortable along with the realities of modern alpinism.

Hermann Buhl: A Hero Undiminished

Posted June 17, 2014

Jerzy Porebski and artist Ewa Labaj explore the great alpinist's life in a comic strip. For many, including Reinhold Messner, Buhl was, and always will be, a legend. "When Buhl was declared missing I cried, too," Messner wrote.

The Illusion of Control

Posted May 30, 2014

Harvey Carter's words become a catalyst for writer Chris Van Leuven's quest to understand how climbing prepares us for the challenges of ordinary existence, the approach of old age and the unavoidability of loss.