In 2006, Barry Blanchard wrote "The Calling" for Issue 15. In writing his new memoir, The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, Blanchard used the Alpinist feature story as a springboard to continue exploring the climbs and partnerships that developed from his childhood musings growing up in Calgary.
As a mother, wife, climber, cartographer and self-described "accidental adventurer," Barbara Washburn was the antitheses of a '40s housewife. "Sometimes [my] home would be in an igloo, at 12,000 feet, sharing Tang-flavored fig pudding with my husband; or as the lightest climber going first to test the cornices on a narrow exposed ridge; or staring out at summit views that no one else had seen."
As the austral summer approaches, videographer and climber Tad McCrea reminisces about climbing seasons past and offers a bit of advice to climbers everywhere: "[S]cour the interwebs for cheap airfare, unearth your passports, patch your gear and pack your bags."
A regular illustrator for our print magazine, Jamie Givens advises how to begin the monumental task of following your dreams. "Start with what you love," he says. "Most people don't realize that the knowledge they have about something that they are passionate about, the years spent memorizing information, physical skills developed, expertise, is all a marketable commodity."
Jed Williamson is retiring after four decades as the editor of Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Having dedicated some 5,000 hours to the journal, he may know more about North America's climbing accidents than anyone else on the continent.