Weekly Feature Archives

In Memoriam: Paul Dedi

Posted March 5, 2008

Remembering Alpinist's most acclaimed artist—Paul Dedi—the rare personality whose enthusiastic, witty, scrappy outlook instituted him as an offbeat bastion of the climbing and illustrating communities.

Cochamo: Into the Forest

Posted February 27, 2008

"So far we had little luck finding any climbing in Chile. But in a pension in Pucon there was a small photo on the wall showing a distant view of some interesting-looking cliffs, on a mountaintop above some woods. Our interest was roused immediately when, by chance, a local raft guide commented that no one had climbed on these walls, some of which rose 2,500 feet above the canopy."

Obsession and Ingenuity, Part IV: Kansas

Posted February 20, 2008

"We live in Lawrence, Kansas, my friend, a small college town lost in a sea of plains. If by local crag you mean a two-hour drive to some crumbling, dripping limestone in Missouri, then sure, that's our local crag."

Remembering Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted February 13, 2008

Forty Kiwi mountaineers raised their axes as one to form the New Zealand Alpine Club's honor guard when Sir Edmund Hillary's coffin emerged...

Inspirations, Part III: Gervasutti's Climbs

Posted February 6, 2008

Simon Richardson shares his inspiration: Giusto Gervasutti. "As a teenager, consumed by a newfound passion for mountaineering, I had a voracious appetite for climbing books. I read my way through the school library and then the local town library, seeking out more adventures and experiences on the written page, so that I could gauge my own faltering beginnings in the sport."

Inspirations, Part II: High Alaska

Posted January 30, 2008

Kelly Cordes and Masatoshi Kuriaki share their inspiration. "High Alaska, the classic from Jonathan Waterman, started it all for me. But different writings have influenced me in different ways at different times. For me, influence has come from photos, words and people."

The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival

Posted January 23, 2008

Four nights. Twenty-two films. Eight premieres. One Grand Prize winner. $7,000+ raised for Surf Aid International. One bag of trash.

Ouray 2008: A Video Story

Posted January 16, 2008

There are over a hundred lines in the Ouray Ice Park, but—if you're actually looking to climb—any veteran's recommendation is: "Wake up at 6 a.m., claim a line, and lap it all day. Best of luck." Yet competition morning, January 12th, was different, if only for a few minutes.

Soloing the Diamond: A Photo Essay

Posted January 9, 2008

"It may sound strange, but it was as though a period of my life was ending this spring. At first I was grieving for the past and very lost, but eventually I had to learn how to let go, and I entered a new life."

Inspirations, Part I: Vince Anderson

Posted January 2, 2008

We asked fellow alpinists to reflect on literature that most inspires their climbing. Vince Anderson and Mark Twight share the darkness in this first installment.