Alpinist Magazine Issue 29 - Winter 2009-10

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Mountain Profile: Mt. Robson
Ice gargoyles, serac mazes and legendary epics.... Few mountains haunt their climbers as much as Robson does. Since the early twentieth century, aspirants have struggled up the highest point of the Canadian Rockies; relatively few succeed. Barry Blanchard looks behind the mists, while Don Gordon, Ron Perla, Tom Spencer, Pat Callis, Jim Logan and Steve House contribute more gothic tales of the "King."
Go East
Many young East Coast climbers migrate West for the "real mountains." Colorado author Majka Burhardt tries the opposite direction. Exploring classic New England icefalls and learning from hard-core locals, she discovers that sometimes you have to go small to "go big."
Shelter from the Storm
Tired of enhanced colors, beautiful bodies, blank expressions and posed moves? Photographer Andrew Querner ties in with his friends and stops preplanning his shots. The resulting images portray self-doubt, questioning and leaps of faith—the uncensored, emotional realities of the alpine world.
The Heart of the Day
When his mother dies after a long illness, a young Cascades alpinist realizes he has sacrificed too much for his dreams. In search of healing, he ventures into the Alaskan wild. Among the Stikine Icefield's unclimbed peaks—and through the friendship of his partner, Max Hasson—Jens Holsten finds his way back home.


The Sharp End
The editor of Alpinist sounds off.
On Belay
Mick Fowler deflowers the UK's virgin summits. Lisa Hathaway follows trails of bones to the micro-featured walls of Mill Creek, Utah. Others invent a fail-proof weather forecast and a cure for insomnia.
The Climbing Life
Observations from the field.
Wired: Chris Weidner
In today's rapidly evolving alpine world, an American climbing writer has one question: What would Messner do?
Local Hero
Alaskan hardman Mark Westman finds his inspiration in the journey—and in the bush pilot, Paul Roderick, who sees him safely there and back again.
Escape Route: Cedar Wright
Free soloing often brings its practitioners to unusual mental states. But what if your supposed hallucination turns out to be real?
Full Value: A Long Crawl with Benowitz
Why call for help when one leg still works—and when you still haven't told your climbing partner all your circumcision jokes?
Off Belay
Jeremy Collins paints the mountain of lies.

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