Michael Kennedy named Editor-in-Chief of Alpinist Magazine


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 16, 2009 - 03:38pm PT

March 16, 2009

Michael Kennedy named Editor-in-Chief of Alpinist Magazine
Announces April 15 release date for Issue 26

Jeffersonville, Vermont—March 16, 2009 Height of Land Publications, the independent publisher of Alpinist, Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines, announced today the well-known climber and editor Michael Kennedy will join Senior Editor Katie Ives to relaunch Alpinist Magazine. Issue 26 ships to subscribers, shops and newsstands April 15.

Founded by Christian Beckwith and Marc Ewing and operated in Jackson, Wyoming, until the autumn of last year, the quarterly Alpinist features a timeless, clean design with minimal ads. Publishing only the highest quality and most authentic climbing art and writing, Alpinist portrays the essence of the climbing life, inspired by an ethos of beauty, purity and style, and a dedication to help preserve the natural world that makes all adventures possible.

”My aim is to continue to explore the heart and soul of the climbing experience,” says Kennedy, “building on the incredible foundation Alpinist has developed over the last six years.” Widely known in the climbing community for his work at Climbing Magazine from 1974 to 1998, Kennedy served as an advisor to Alpinist since its inception in 2002. In over 35 years of climbing he has ventured far and wide, from pioneering Colorado ice climbs to lightweight alpine climbs in Alaska and the Himalaya, and he remains an active rock climber and backcountry skier today.

Independent publisher Height of Land Publications was founded in Jeffersonville, Vermont in 2002 and currently owns and operates Alpinist, Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines. "Our mission is pretty simple," says cofounder and Height of Land Publications Editorial Director Adam Howard, "to publish about that which we live. Michael is climbing, and he understands little companies like ours. It's a perfect fit."


To subscribe to Alpinist visit alpinist.com or call 888-424-5857.

A long way from where I started
Mar 16, 2009 - 03:43pm PT
Same bus, new driver.

And there couldn't be a better choice.


Mar 16, 2009 - 03:58pm PT
Fantastic news- wasn't sure where this new ownership thing was going to land, but with MK at the helm, I am sure it will be of the highest quality. Looking forward to the first issue.
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Mar 16, 2009 - 03:58pm PT
Congratulations Michael (if you are reading this). Good luck.

Best, Roger

Trad climber
Iss WA
Mar 16, 2009 - 04:27pm PT
That is AWESOME...congrads Michael!

Trad climber
here to eternity
Mar 16, 2009 - 04:32pm PT
Great news.... looking forward to that.


Not here
Mar 16, 2009 - 04:33pm PT
Yeah! Congratulations! Looking forward to buying your work!
Scared Silly

Trad climber
Mar 16, 2009 - 04:47pm PT
There goes the neighborhood - from high standard to uber high standard. I can not wait.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 16, 2009 - 07:15pm PT
That's great news.

Truckee, CA
Mar 16, 2009 - 07:37pm PT
Big Congrats Michael,

(and congrats to Alpinist for scoring you!)

Though I hope you won't miss your retirement too much!

Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Mar 16, 2009 - 07:43pm PT
A good mind, a good voice, a good man, and loads of
experience both as an editor/writer and as a

All the best, Michael,

Pat Ament

right here, right now
Mar 16, 2009 - 10:15pm PT
Flight of the Phoenix with an ace pilot in the cockpit!
This is terrific news for Alpinist, Kennedy, and the readership.

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Mar 16, 2009 - 10:24pm PT
Wow what wonderful news! I can't think of a better outcome. I can't wait!!!

May I humbly suggest a retrospective on Fritz Stammberger?

Mar 16, 2009 - 10:27pm PT
Great news for all of us. Glad Michael's on board.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2009 - 10:48pm PT
Can't wait to get my next issue!
Bruce Perschbacher

Carbonale,Ill. 62901.
Mar 16, 2009 - 10:51pm PT
Really looking forward to the next issue. Congratulations.
Michael Kennedy

Social climber
Carbondale, Colorado
Mar 16, 2009 - 10:53pm PT
Thanks, everyone, for the positive comments.

It is more than a little daunting to follow in the footsteps of Christian, Katie, and everyone else who had a hand in putting out 25 issues of the best magazine our community has seen. I only hope I can live up to the expectations expressed here.

I really did plan on fading into obscurity but this seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up.

Onward through the fog ...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 16, 2009 - 11:21pm PT
best of luck to you Michael and to Alpinist!

I, too, can't wait to see the next issue.

Trad climber
Mar 16, 2009 - 11:36pm PT
This is like hearing that they are bringing Brett Favre to coach the Packers.... awesome!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 16, 2009 - 11:40pm PT
Congratulations - looking forward to more fine issues.

Does this mean you get to be Alpinist-in-Chief too?
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