Weekly Feature Archives

Ueber Steigeisentechnik- Crampon Manufacturing in 1908

Posted October 4, 2012

What the ice climbers of the future will be able to climb, I know not. But I find it hard to believe that we have already reached the limits of what is possible. — Oscar Eckenstein, 1908

Joe Iurato's Little Climbers

Posted September 26, 2012

I'm trying to think of the best way to explain it. I got laid off in 2008 and fell back on my art pretty hard. It picked me up. In a sense I found myself falling out of climbing and I couldn't figure out why. Maybe it was because of everything that had gone on.

Dirtbaggery, Vol. 1: Just Seam Grip It

Posted September 19, 2012

Just Seam Grip It! - The art, and adhesive, of gear improvement.

Squamish Gondola Project Receives Initial Approval

Posted May 24, 2012

The mecca of Canadian granite, the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia may soon see a new development. The Sea to Sky Gondola Corporation is the central proponent of a new project which aims to build a gondola to ferry passengers from the base of Shannon Falls by the Chief parking lot to the top of a ridge leading to the summit of nearby Mount Habrich. With a projected construction cost in the region of $20 million (CAD), the rides will cost approximately $29 a head.

The Ice Warriors

Posted April 23, 2012

First my aim was to reach people who do not know much about mountaineering. Especially those people who would probably never read a thick book about it. If I am successful with this then I hope they would find some interesting information about climbing, winter climbing, the history of mountaineering and also about Polish achievements in climbing.

Dukkha on Funeral For a Friend

Posted April 11, 2012

Birth is Dukkha, aging is Dukkha, death is Dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair are Dukkha; association with the unbeloved is Dukkha; separation from the loved is Dukkha; not getting what is wanted is Dukkha. In short, the five clinging-aggregates are Dukkha.


Posted April 6, 2012

The social climate of the Caucasus was rocked politically and economically by these measures. "The area is still dangerous may be even more than before...due to the year-long economic blockade, the local people became more desperate and chance of being robbed or killed for the reason of robbery is very obvious," writes Alex Trubachev, a guide based in Moscow whose company has halted their Elbrus tours. "Locals have lost everything—two seasons of nothing," agrees Myasnikov.

Cerro Torre Roundup

Posted April 2, 2012

Since Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk climbed a "fair means" variation to the Compressor Route and then removed the bolts from its upper pitches the international climbing community has been awash in discussions of climbing ethics and etiquette. In what will most likely be Alpinist.com's final post on this story we have gathered a collection of links to various Op-Ed's, blog posts, threads and Letters to the Editor here. We will continue to update this page with new links rather than creating new NewsWires should this story continue to develop. - Keese Lane, Online Editor

2012 American Alpine Club Benefit Dinner

Posted March 15, 2012

Abruzzi was a duke. Cassin was a steel worker. Perry-Smith came from family money. Heckmair was a gardener. The climbing community has always spanned the gap between those with the independent wealth to travel and climb, and those who have forsaken everything else for the mountains. I cannot claim to be as destitute as Heckmair or as dedicated as Cassin, but I always felt some jealousy for my partners' racks of shiny new cams and wiregates. My gear came off the consignment rack of the local gear exchange. The AAC Benefit Dinner was the territory of the higher end leisure class and a strange window into a society many of us at the other end of the spectrum barely understand or know about.