Weekly Feature Archives

Profile: Ken Yager, Winner of the David R. Brower Conservation Award

Posted April 20, 2015

It was love at first sight when Ken Yager met Yosemite Valley for the first time in 1972. Living in Davis, California, 13-year-old Yager and his parents drove five hours east in the family car to Yosemite. The first thing he wanted to see in the Valley was El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high granite monolith that loomed above the valley floor.

Craig Muderlak: Coloring Outside the Lines

Posted April 16, 2015

"The adventure for the race was unknown, and it could have been over my head," Craig Muderlak says. "With most of my illustrations, I don't know how they'll turn out and I have no guarantee of a good outcome."

Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits (Chapter 2)

Posted April 3, 2015

A few weeks ago, we published Matt Van Biene's black-and-white portraits of climbers in El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia. This week we bring you chapter 2 of Biene's project—this time with continuous scrolling—with his remaining images.

Lion in Winter: Mt. Temple's North Face

Posted March 30, 2015

They call the Canadian Rockies' Mt. Temple the Eiger of North America. Both peaks offer sheer north faces with steep imposing headwalls that soar 1500 meters above the valleys below, both feature compact limestone, both are regularly subject to tempestuous weather that can appear out of seemingly calm skies. Perhaps most importantly, both are steeped in mystery, lore and ominous histories.

Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits

Posted March 18, 2015

Recently, while browsing through Instagram, I noticed about a half dozen images by Matt Van Biene—climber portraits taken in El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia. The black-and-white portraits, shot very close to the climbers, caught my eye. I sent him a quick message stating that we were interested in showcasing his work on alpinist.com.

John Price: Canadian Rockies Ice

Posted March 6, 2015

Photographer John Price has been climbing for the past six years and shooting photos for the past three."I've been lucky to have photographic mentors in the Rockies," he tells us.

Carl Battreall: A Collection of Climbed and Unclimbed Alaska Peaks

Posted March 2, 2015

Photographer Carl Battreall shares his collection of Alaska's climbed and unclimbed peaks. The photos in this collection are from his upcoming book, The Alaska Range, due out in spring 2016.

Sarah Uhl—Rear View Mountains

Posted February 27, 2015

"I'm self-taught, my friend" says illustrator Sarah Uhl over heavy static from the road on her way back to Carbondale, Colo. from Hood River, Ore. "I started making illustrations about a year ago." Her work has appeared in the latest issue of Alpinist, various projects for The American Alpine Club, Mountain Flyer Magazine and on semi-rad's tees.

Interview with Reinhold Messner

Posted February 18, 2015

Alpinist's Digital Editor Chris Van Leuven sits down with legendary alpinist Reinhold Messner on February 2, 2015, to talk about rock climbing, high-altitude climbing, Messner's castle and mountaineering museum, and his well-known climbing partner Peter Habeler.

Free Mud

Posted February 12, 2015

Alpinist's Digital Editor met with Stevie Haston at the 2015 Winter Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City to talk about his love for the Utah desert. As a follow-up to the interview, we're republishing Haston's account of completing the Titan's first free ascent, via the 1,000-foot Sundevil Chimney (5.13a).



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