I literally just stepped off another airplane. This time landing in Vancouver coming from LAX (a city you could not pay me enough to live in). I was in Ventura (now we’re talking) for five days to visit the patagonia family and talk shop and alas I am home again, well, almost home. Waiting for a shuttle.
So, did you hear? The word is out. Alpinist is over, the adventure is done. But did they summit?
I look back on the last 25 issues and I say without a hint of hesitation that ‘yes’ they did. Alpinist proudly reached the top – 25 fucking times. It’s not an easy task to put together something like that, and I for one am grateful they did. We all knew the financial roots of the company were shallow and perhaps its demise was innevitable, but every time I saw a new issue I was stoked and excited to turn the stories over, page by page. The look, the feel, the dedication was all a refreshing bath.
I had the pleasure of writing and submitting for Alpinist a few times, t’was rewarding to see my efforts layed down on those big uncluttered pages so carefully, I’m sure many of the contributers feel this way -and as a reader, I feel the same.
Thanks to Christian and all the other hard workers for bringing us so much inspiration, so much talent and so much style. You certainly left us with a memorable last issue, number 25 may go down in history and Warren Harding with his bulbous red nose and mischievous grin, he will proudly lead the way.
He always has.