Weekly Feature Archives

Video: Grabbing The Dragon By The Horns

Posted June 8, 2011

In the last days of April, David Kaszlikowski and Eliza Kubarska hacked their way through the Malaysian jungle to reach the twin granitic towers that dominate the island Tioman—Dragon's Horns.

The Original 'Mountain' Bikers

Posted May 24, 2011

The brothers climbed the face. At 4478 meters they stood, triumphant and utterly spent. And yet, there was probably some quiet, persistent voice whispering an unpleasant reminder in the back of their minds: Nice job. Now get down there and ride back home.

AAC Five-Year Plan: The Long-Awaited Remodel

Posted May 19, 2011

A look at "the most significant changes to AAC programs in its 109-year history."

Talented Alpinist Joe Puryear Dies at Age 37

Posted April 27, 2011

Mark Westman reflects on the life of Joe Puryear, who died last October after falling through a cornice on Labuche Kang, Tibet.

The Asgard Project: A Q&A with Alastair Lee

Posted April 8, 2011

Hauling 30-plus pounds of equipment up the 1000m face of Mt. Asgard, Filmmaker Alastair Lee foregoes light-and-fast style in order to produce a film that is visually outstanding and leaves the audience with sweat-drenched palms and a hankering to seek out epic of their own.

Speed Series Part IV: Hans Florine

Posted March 30, 2011

Recently, we at Alpinist picked the brains of the speediest climbers to learn more about speed climbing and how it fits into our grade-crazy community. "I think we may have [speed climbed] before we called it that... We were in college, and we wanted to get in as much climbing as we could before classes on Monday."

Piolet d'Or Nominees

Posted March 24, 2011

Since the Piolet d'Or's rebirth, multiple awards have become standard, and it seems likely that on April 15 there could be several given out. Each of the teams exhibited good style in a committing environment. The Piolet d'Or's festivities will run from the weekend April 9-10 through April 16 with evening events open to the public. In an age when guided ascents and commercial fiascos on Everest seem to dominate the mainstream media's view of climbing, honoring the alpinists mentioned above could be a chance to show off the climbing community's values to the general public.

Golden Decade: The Birth of 8000m Winter Climbing

Posted March 18, 2011

Winter in the Himalaya is difficult for many reasons. Temperatures at base camp can plummet to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and much lower farther up. Because of the cold, climbing at night is virtually impossible, and the days are short. The winds are much stronger and more persistent because of the jet stream, which blows almost constantly from December through the end of March. Tents are constantly being destroyed or blown away. The wind also strips away the snow, exposing rock and hard ice, making easier slopes more technical and time-consuming. Lower barometric pressure leads to less oxygen in the air. The combination of these factors makes for an exhausting, and generally miserable experience.

Speed Series Part III: Ueli Steck

Posted March 7, 2011

Recently, we at Alpinist picked the brains of the speediest climbers to learn more about speed climbing and how it fits into our grade-crazy community. "I think it is nice to be able to climb a peak in several hours instead of several days. You don't have to suffer so much."

Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

Posted February 28, 2011

In the early 1990's Lowe struggled through a divorce, a failed business and deep remorse for neglecting his two-year-old daughter. Needing an escape from this emotional crisis, he made a solo pilgrimage to the Eiger's Nordwand. When one of the world's greatest climbers makes a solo winter attempt on the most legendary north face in the world, an extraordinary story is inevitable.



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