Mountain Pro magazine

Mountain Pro magazine - final issue

As you may have already seen, it's the last hurrah for our climbing and mountaineering quarterly. If you've ever tried to give a dirtbag climber a deadline, you'll understand me when I say it sometimes felt like herding cats, but they were passionate, bristling-with-ideas-and-energy cats and I'm genuinely sad to see the title go.

Due to the vagaries of timetabling, I didn't get the chance to say goodbye and thankyou on the 'welcome' page, so I want to thank everyone who wrote, photographed, reviewed and was interviewed for their input to the magazine, here and now. Thank you.

Of course I'm biased, but it felt to me as if the title found its voice over the last couple of years. I consciously moved it away from a previous competitor, to give both them and us some room. I can only hope this was appreciated - it certainly didn't affect the bottom line either way. We didn't do listicles, and partners like JMT, MHT and Vertebrate lent further gravitas to proceedings. We even paid (never a lot, but better than some) for articles. We ran pieces by name climbers, rank outsiders, and those inbetween... and our magazine and I hope the wider culture was better for it. I'm originally from an independent music background, and the ethos is not so different - know your niche, play straight, pay it forward. A friend and colleague described it as a 'thin Alpinist' - I think she was being a touch generous... but I know we were doing something right, because I started to see some of our ideas mirrored in neighbouring titles. They wanted some of what we had. And I know because of stories and emails sent from readers on every continent. I really liked that about a digital mag; that it could, and did, end up anywhere and everywhere.

However, these are tough times for magazines that rely on advertising... even those with healthy 5 figure readerships. There were other factors that I'll save for another time, but the publisher did right by the title and gave it an extra six month's grace.

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Mountain Pro Magazine - Autumn 2016

This time, reader's stories from British Antarctic Survey, Bolivia and Greenland, plus the role of women's only climbing events, an interview with the first British person to walk the Yukon Quest trail (in fairly gripped conditions), a profile of Guide Richard Hartley from Spanish Highs with whom I spent a few days with back in February, the John Muir Trust Ranger's Diary, some nice books in review and the backstory on British ascents of Changabang. The gear covered by our ML's Dan and Lucy? Boots and a roundup of the latest outdoor nick-naks (does anyone still use that word? Just me then). There's even a pinup of James Thacker near the back.

Both pleased and relieved to get this one out there. It was an interesting one to put together for all sorts of reasons.

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Mountain Pro July 2016

The lead feature this issue is from Paul Pritchard, with an inspiring piece about the lessons learned from climbing. There are also features from and about Mark Vallance, the manufacturer of Ray Jardine's camming device who later headed the BMC, a brace of profiles - 1 on a mountain guide, another on a ski guide, and for those on their ML journey this summer, plenty of info on bird and wild flower identification... as well as our seasonal diary from the John Muir Trust's ranger on Nevis, Alison Austin. The Mountain Heritage Trust consider the legacy of Joe Tasker, and Mal Creasy tells a tall (and funny) tale. Gear wise it's lightweight hardshells and a roundup of new and/or interesting kit.

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