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Tom Randall - First Ascent of The Final Round (5.13c/d, HXS)
Tom Randall - First Ascent of The Final Round (5.13c/d, HXS)



About Us

Rock and Ice is a magazine devoted to rock and ice climbing and mountaineering. It was first published in 1985 out of Boulder, Colorado, and in 2002 relocated to Carbondale, Colorado, under new ownership by Big Stone Publishing. Big Stone Publishing continues to operate out of Carbondale and also publishes Trail Runner magazine. It employs a staff of 14, with additional interns on a rotating basis for both magazines.

Each issue of Rock and Ice contains approximately four features, with over a dozen standing departments including the analytical Accident Prevention, various interviews in the Snapshot (previously called Spotlight) and What I've Learned departments, Training and Medicine departments, gear reviews, a section of coping and survival stories called My Epic, personal and humor columns, and photo galleries. Features range from adventure stories to destination pieces, human-interest profiles, topical and historical pieces, and polemics.

The magazine maintains the world's top climbing website, rockandice.com, with continual news and video updates, and a weekly e-mail newsletter [click here to sign-up]. Another weekly e-blast is the popular Friday item called Weekend Whipper, which shows climbing falls and gives commentary or explanation.

The magazine is available in print or digital editions worldwide.

Duane Raleigh.Duane Raleigh, publisher and editor in chief, has climbed for 45 years and worked in publishing for 25. He is author of hundreds of routes in areas from Yosemite to the Fisher Towers to southern Texas, and has climbed worldwide. He is a former member of Yosemite Search and Rescue, the author of four books including the National Outdoor Book Award-winning Knots and Slings for Climbers, a former columnist for Sports Afield, and winner of the 2013 American Alpine Club Literary Award. Most recently, with John Long, he edited Yosemite, The Iron Age, published by Patagonia Books.

Jeff Jackson, features editor, is a former climbing guide and author of hundreds of new routes from boulder problems to big walls in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, Peru and the Yukon. He was the first recipient of a James A. Michener Fellowship and is a former creative-writing teacher at Southwestern University. He earned a Masters' Degree at the University of Texas and was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth College.

Alison Osius, executive editor, has taught climbing in the United Kingdom and in California, Washington State and New Hampshire, and for years competed at national and World Cup climbing events. She is author of Second Ascent: the Story of Hugh Herr; a newspaper columnist; past president of the American Alpine Club; and winner of the 2007 AAC Literary Award. She studied literature at Middlebury College and has a Master's Degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Hayden Carpenter, online editor, is one of the rare Millennials who learned how to climb outdoors. He has a knack for begetting epics and has nearly perfected the art of bailing. For reasons even he can’t understand, he enjoys climbing icicles, frozen choss and the screaming-barfies.

The magazine's editor at large is Andrew Bisharat, and contributing editors are Andy Anderson, Barry Blanchard, Whitney Boland, Tommy Caldwell, Geof Childs, Will Gadd, James Lucas, John Long, Niall Grimes (United Kingdom), Neil Gresham (UK), Chris Parker and Dr. Julian Saunders (Australia).

Art director is Randall Levensaler, creative assistant is Adrienne Lee "ALee" Russell, production manager is Quent Williams, associate publisher is Paula Stepp, and advertising sales manager is Ben Yardley.

The magazine uses both staff-written content and imagery, and many articles and photographs from freelance contributors. Other editorial and photographic contributors over the years have included Reinhold Messner (Germany), Jeff Long, Ed Douglas (UK), Galen Rowell, David Roberts, Chris Schulte, Caroline Treadway, Jim Thornburg, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Calum Muskett (UK), Keith Ladzinski, Boone Speed, Greg Epperson, Corey Rich, Sam Bié (France) and Simon Carter (Australia).

Each year Big Stone puts out eight issues of Rock and Ice and an annual feature compendium called Ascent, an anthology of essays and reflective mountain writing. Two articles from Ascent 2013, "Down and Out" by John Long and "A Cultural History of the Ice Axe in Eight Fascicles" by David Stevenson were, respectively, nominated for a National Publisher's Award and named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays of 2014. 

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Features

John Long: It Started with a Pile of Stones
Chasing ghosts on Hawaiian sea cliffs.
Not So Fast: Lessons From a Father-Son Trip to Patagonia
Every couple of years, my son Tim, Jr. and I take a climbing trip together. Usually we pick one of my “dream climbs”—those classic routes that you always hear about, but seem too difficult to consider seriously. But my son encourages me to climb harder than I think I can, and together we have done The Scenic Cruise, The Naked Edge, Primrose Dihedrals and most recently Lotus Flower Tower. It is especially cool for me both to tick a lifetime goal and climb with my son.
The Last Samurai:
Steve Dieckhoff started climbing in the late 1960s when climbing meant you tied in at the base and went up. This simplistic, purist's approach burned ...
TNB: Chris Sharma and The Art of Jeep Maintenance
The scorched desert expanse surrounding Las Vegas smears together into one terrible brown color as Chris Sharma, Dalia Ojeda, Miguel and I whiz along at 90 miles per hour in an old Jeep Grand Cherokee. The American West, this celebrated frontier, as tame as it has become with commercialism and super highways, is still the last good place I know of for real adventure.
Black Diamond Couloir Alpine Harness
Alpine harnesses are the ninjas of the alpine world. They are ultra-light and compact and can remain hidden in the tiniest corner of a pack until the assault begins. Black Diamond's new Couloir Harness exemplifies what you want and need in an alpine harness.

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