62 episodes

Since 2002 Alpinist has striven to push creative boundaries with everything we do, from award-winning climbing journalism and creative writing to photography and art. Now, with the Alpinist podcast, we aim to extend our conversations with climbers and community members into interviews and oral histories that will entertain and educate our listeners with everything from dramatic and humorous adventure tales to in-depth discussions of the most significant issues in the climbing world today. More at alpinist.com/podcast

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Since 2002 Alpinist has striven to push creative boundaries with everything we do, from award-winning climbing journalism and creative writing to photography and art. Now, with the Alpinist podcast, we aim to extend our conversations with climbers and community members into interviews and oral histories that will entertain and educate our listeners with everything from dramatic and humorous adventure tales to in-depth discussions of the most significant issues in the climbing world today. More at alpinist.com/podcast

    Graham Zimmerman's Balancing Act

    Graham Zimmerman's Balancing Act

    For all of his expeditions and cutting-edge climbs around the world, Graham Zimmerman’s story is one of balancing adventure and exploration with social responsibility and an examined life. His book, A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains demonstrates that, and also serves as an ode to the friends and mentors he’s lost to the mountains.
    Zimmerman became a professional climber at 24 years old. Now 37, Zimmerman is accomplished well beyond his years. He has made first ascents from Alaska to Pakistan, and in 2020 he received a Piolet d’Or for his climb on Pakistan’s Link Sar with Steve Swenson, Mark Richey and Chris Wright. He’s currently the Board President at the American Alpine Club and works for Protect Our Winters. 
    In this episode, Zimmerman speaks to the need for systemic change when it comes to climate and social issues, and how climbers see those challenges through a unique lens. He reflects on his love for the mountains, and the sense of release and joy they provide him with.
    Support for this episode of the Alpinist Podcast comes from the American Alpine Club.
    Alpinist Magazine: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Host: Abbey Collins
    Guest: Graham Zimmerman
    Producer + Engineer: Mike Horn

    • 44 min
    The Many Facets of Len Necefer

    The Many Facets of Len Necefer

    Dr. Len Necefer didn’t grow up skiing steep slopes or topping out on summits like he does today. Instead, his connection to the outdoors began with golf—a fact he shares rather sheepishly. Necefer was an avid golfer from age five until he was eighteen, when he moved to the desert southwest and realized how water-intensive that sport is. 
    Necefer is a member of the Navajo Nation, and is working to bring more Native voices and talents into the outdoor industry through his organization Natives Outdoors. 
    He believes in the importance of engaging with the environment in a thoughtful, meaningful and respectful way. As a backcountry skier and climber, he cultivates connection with the mountains he visits and the people he visits them with. He is a regular Alpinist contributor. 
    In this episode, Necefer reflects on why having a sense of humor is essential when trying to communicate about heavy subjects like climate change; what it was like teaching himself to ski; and why it’s important for all of us to vote.
    Support for this episode of the Alpinist Podcast comes from the American Alpine Club.
    Alpinist Magazine: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Host: Abbey Collins
    Guest: Len Necefer
    Producer + Engineer: Mike Horn
     

    • 52 min
    Climbing and Journalism with Lauren DeLaunay Miller

    Climbing and Journalism with Lauren DeLaunay Miller

    Lauren Delaunay Miller is an award-winning author, journalist and audio producer based in Bishop, California. Her first book, Valley of Giants: Stories from Women at the Heart of Yosemite Climbing, was published in the spring of 2022 by Mountaineers Books, and won the Banff Mountain Book Competition for Climbing Literature. 
    Growing up on the East Coast, Miller says she wasn’t initially an outdoorsy person. But she was inspired to start climbing while at college in North Carolina—after seeing a photo of Alex Honnold climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome on the cover of National Geographic. She recalls that, at the time, she didn’t even know how to pronounce “Yosemite.” 
    Since then, Miller has spent many days on Yosemite’s granite walls. In this episode, Miller talks about the power of using the mountains and climbing as a vehicle to tackle stories around larger issues in society. She speaks to her love of climbing, and how it allows her to connect with people and explore human stories, communities and relationships. 
    Support for this episode of the Alpinist Podcast comes from the American Alpine Club.
    Alpinist Magazine: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Host: Abbey Collins
    Guest: Lauren DeLaunay Miller
    Producer + Engineer: Mike Horn

    • 43 min
    Training for the New Anything with Steve House

    Training for the New Anything with Steve House

    Steve House began venturing into the high mountains as a teenager, and has since built a career on climbing, guiding and coaching. By the time he published his book Beyond the Mountain in 2009, Reinhold Messner said House was “at the top of mountaineering.” 
    House’s life in climbing has taken him all over the world. His most famous ascent may be the Central Pillar of Nanga Parbat’s Rupal Face, a climb he completed with Vince Anderson. But he has compiled an impressive list of first ascents and new routes in Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the Alps and the Karakoram. Steve has been a professional mountain guide since 1992, and in 1999 he became the ninth American to achieve IFMGA certification.
    But these days House lives in a small Austrian mountain town with his wife and two kids. In the mornings he spends time getting outside, while the later part of the day is dedicated to working with his company Uphill Athlete. He retired from professional climbing in 2020. 
    In this episode, we revisit passages from Steve’s book Beyond the Mountain, discuss fatherhood, and finding his way in his new home in Austria. We learn about the climb that drove him to focus more on training and preparation, and eventually led him to start his company, Uphill Athlete.  And, we learn more about how he thinks about climbing and what it is to be human—to focus on the act of becoming rather than being.
    Support for this episode of the Alpinist Podcast comes from Osprey.
    Alpinist Magazine: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Host: Abbey Collins
    Guest: Steve House
    Producer + Engineer: Mike Horn

    • 54 min
    Unpacking Packing with Sarah Pickman

    Unpacking Packing with Sarah Pickman

    Sarah Pickman is an encyclopedia of expedition history, in particular the gear early explorers relied on. She recently earned a PhD in history from Yale University. She’s an independent scholar, editor, writer and content producer based just outside New York City. 
    Sarah is also a contributor to Alpinist. She’s written articles on expedition first aid kits and sun protection for the Tool Users section of the magazine. As it turns out, burnt cork is no substitute for sunscreen.  
    Through her research and writing, Sarah looks at the gear explorers carried with them on their travels—to the polar regions and high-altitude mountains, as well as to tropical and arid places—and how this gear shaped their experiences and the cultural worlds they were part of.
    Sarah takes us on a fascinating journey to the ends of the earth and back again. We talk about the spirit of exploration and much more in this episode. 
    Support for this episode of the Alpinist Podcast comes from Osprey.
    Alpinist Magazine: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Host: Abbey Collins
    Guest: Sarah Pickman
    Producer + Engineer: Mike Horn
     

    • 41 min
    Writing and Routes with David Smart

    Writing and Routes with David Smart

    David Smart’s life and work seem to intersect with climbing at every turn. He’s a lifelong climber, revered route developer and the editorial director at Gripped Publishing. He’s a founding editor at Gripped Magazine and has been crucial to its success and longevity for more than 25 years. 
    Smart has published five books, including a biography of Royal Robbins that recently won the Banff Mountain Book Award for climbing literature. He also actively contributes to Alpinist, including his mountain profile on Cima Grande in Alpinist 76 and a recent story on Kodak’s Brownie camera and how it impacted the representation of climbing in the media and beyond.
    Smart has developed more than 300 routes in the Canadian Rockies and elsewhere around the world. At age 60, he continues to climb several days a week and revels in the ambiance of his home range. 
    In this episode, we cover a lot of ground, from his new biography on Royal Robbins, to the state of publishing and climbing media, to his passion for route development and leaving something behind for others to experience. 
    Support for this episode of the Alpinist Podcast comes from Osprey.
    Alpinist Magazine: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Host: Abbey Collins
    Guest: David Smart
    Producer + Engineer: Mike Horn

    • 34 min

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162 Ratings

162 Ratings

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Great host

This podcast is so rich in differing perspectives and stories. It is clear the host does her research to ask specific questions to get the best stories out of her guests. Every time I’m drawn in by the imagination and cultural differences the outdoors has for our coexistence.

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Favorite podcast

I love this podcast so much,especially the episodes that feature diverse perspectives on conservation and and the spiritual component of being in the wilderness. Thank you for making such a thoughtful show!!

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Garbage

Episode about Karlo creating “safe spaces” in climbing is absolutely ridiculous. No one cares about your feeling. Shocking she was left behind on that big wall climb...

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