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Alpinist Closes

Climbing mag folds after six years and 25 issues

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Alpinist, a super-classy alpine climbing mag and bulwark for sport purists, has announced that they will cease operations and suspend publication. The associated website Alpinist.com and the Alpinist Film Festival will also get the axe. In their official farewell, the publishers cite the “October 2008 financial crisis” as the reason. Damn you, AIG.

The Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based magazine began in 2002 when founders Christian Beckwith and Mark Ewing set out to create a photo-heavy, glossy climbing mag dedicated to the purism of big-peak climbing. The result was often a thing of beauty—just a couple steps removed from a coffee-table book. Legendary climber and world-class crank Reinhold Messner once called it “the best climbing magazine in the world today.”

Here’s what Editor-in-Chief Beckwith had to say:

Six years and 25 quality issues is quite an accomplishment. Join us in pouring a forty for Alpinist.

—Ted Alvarez

Alpinist LLC to Suspend Operations (Alpinist)