1865 saw a record number of first ascents in the Alps, and so this summer marks 150 years of Alpinism. You can read more about the celebrations, events and exhibitions in and around the Chamonix Valley in our news pages. We’re focused firmly and squarely on that same arena for this issue, with a photo story from one of the regions (and the world’s) best-known and respected mountain sport photographers, Jon Griffith. We’ve a fascinating journey back in time with hill historian Alex Roddie, and a short but insightful profile of BMG guide Tim Blakemore. I’m equally delighted to have an Alps flavoured adventure from Martin Boyson’s autobiography ‘Hanging On’, another instant classic from Vertebrate. I take a brief look at alpine footwear, whilst Tom and Lucy cover wind shirts and the latest in climbing gear for those long, sunny days on the snow, rock and ice.
Away from the Chamonix celebrations - but still to be celebrated - Chantelle Kelly’s interview with cameraman Keith Partridge is our second photographic treat. Keith speaks with relaxed authority, and a lifetime of professional experience is reflected in the stunning images he’s managed to capture. Elsewhere there’s a film tribute to SMC legend Robin Campbell, Claire Carter climbs barefoot in Wales, and Dr. Liz Auty gets to grips with apps for wildlife monitoring.
Many of these people are leaders in their respective fields and very busy, so a big thank you to all our contributors for their time and effort in making what I think is a cracking issue.
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