About Rock and Ice

Our Mission

Rock and Ice is a magazine devoted to rock and ice climbing and mountaineering. It was first published in 1985 out of Boulder, Colorado, and in 2002 relocated to Carbondale, Colorado, under new ownership by Big Stone Publishing. Big Stone Publishing continues to operate out of Carbondale and also publishes Trail Runner magazine. It employs a staff of 14, with additional interns on a rotating basis for both magazines.

Each issue of Rock and Ice contains approximately four features, with over a dozen standing departments including the analytical Accident Prevention, various interviews in the Snapshot (previously called Spotlight) and What I’ve Learned departments, Training and Medicine departments, gear reviews, a section of coping and survival stories called My Epic, personal and humor columns, and photo galleries. Features range from adventure stories to destination pieces, human-interest profiles, topical and historical pieces, and polemics.

The magazine maintains the world’s top climbing website, rockandice.com, with continual news and video updates, and a weekly e-mail newsletter [click here to sign-up]. Another weekly e-blast is the popular Friday item called Weekend Whipper, which shows climbing falls and gives commentary or explanation.

The magazine is available in print or digital editions worldwide.

Rock and Ice Staff

DUANE RALEIGH, publisher and editor in chief, has climbed for 45 years and worked in publishing for 25. He is author of hundreds of routes in areas from Yosemite to the Fisher Towers to southern Texas, and has climbed worldwide. He is a former member of Yosemite Search and Rescue, the author of four books including the National Outdoor Book Award-winning Knots and Slings for Climbers, a former columnist for Sports Afield, and winner of the 2013 American Alpine Club Literary Award. Most recently, with John Long, he edited Yosemite, The Iron Age, published by Patagonia Books.

FRANCIS SANZARO (Ph.D.), editor, has been climbing for over 25 years, and has worked in publishing for 15. As it turns out, he was featured on the cover of Rock and Ice in the late 1990s. He is the author of a handful of books, as well as fiction, essays and academic writing. Some of his first ascents can be found in the forests of Fort Collins, the Southwest, and the Adirondacks. He enjoys shiver bivys, big alpine walls, and dusting off new boulders. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, he received his doctorate from Syracuse University, and, while hailing from the East Coast, now calls Carbondale his home.

ALISON OSIUS, executive editor, has been climbing for nearly 40 years and in the past taught climbing in the United Kingdom and in California, Washington State and New Hampshire. She also competed at national and international climbing events including World Cups and the X Games. She is author of the biography Second Ascent: the Story of Hugh Herr; a former newspaper columnist and a writer published in many magazines, newspapers and anthologies; past president of the American Alpine Club; and winner of the 2007 AAC Literary Award. She studied literature at Middlebury College and has a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

MICHAEL LEVY, associate editor, has been falling off climbs for 10 years. He worked for a think tank, at a tech startup and as a climbing guide in Vietnam and China, before finally settling in Colorado, as a writer.

The magazine’s editor at large is JEFF JACKSON, and contributing editors are Andy Anderson, Barry Blanchard, Whitney Boland, Tommy Caldwell, Geof Childs, Will Gadd, James Lucas, John Long, Niall Grimes (United Kingdom), Neil Gresham (UK), Chris Parker and Dr. Julian Saunders (Australia).

Art director is RANDALL LEVENSALER, production manager is QUENT WILLIAMS, associate publisher is PAULA STEPP.

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The magazine uses both staff-written content and imagery, and many articles and photographs from freelance contributors. Other editorial and photographic contributors over the years have included Reinhold Messner (Germany), Jeff Long, Ed Douglas (UK), Galen Rowell, David Roberts, Chris Schulte, Caroline Treadway, Jim Thornburg, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Calum Muskett (UK), Keith Ladzinski, Boone Speed, Greg Epperson, Corey Rich, Sam Bié (France) and Simon Carter (Australia).

Each year Big Stone puts out eight issues of Rock and Ice and an annual feature compendium called Ascent, an anthology of essays and reflective mountain writing. Two articles from Ascent 2013, “Down and Out” by John Long and “A Cultural History of the Ice Axe in Eight Fascicles” by David Stevenson were, respectively, nominated for a National Publisher’s Award and named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays of 2014.