Dougald MacDonald reports that Vermont-based Height of Land Publications has purchased the assets of Alpinist. The current publishers of Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines plan to bring back Alpinist in its current form and honor all current subscriptions. Additionally, Alpinist is offering a special re-launch price of $30 for one year.
From the press release:
Alpinist, a premium quarterly celebrating mountaineering and the climbing life, closed its doors this fall, just prior to the release of Issue 26. The new owners, HOL, plan to release Issue 26 on March 1, and will honor all current subscriptions.
“Alpinist fits perfectly into our family,” says HOL president and publisher Jon Howard. “We feel climbers, mountaineers, and backcountry and freeheel skiers all share the same DNA. It’s, at times, about being bold; at times about being cautious. Kind of like how we do business.”
I have to agree with ClimbingNarc on that fact that it is a bit surprising to see Alpinist return without much modification to their model. Apparently, Height of Land Publications feels that they can achieve some publishing synergies with their other magazines. Only time will tell, but I wish them the best of luck.