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 40 years and in the past taught climbing in North Wales, California, Washington State and New Hampshire. She competed at national and international climbing events from World Cups to 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 50 magazines, newspapers and anthologies; past president (first woman pres.) of the American Alpine Club; and winner of the 2007 AAC Literary Award. She has a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
MICHAEL LEVY, associate editor, has been falling off climbs for 10 years. After graduating from Williams College, he did research on nonviolent struggle with Dr. Gene Sharp at the Albert Einstein Institution before packing up and moving to Asia. There, he worked as a climbing guide in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam, and in Yangshuo, China, before returning Stateside to work at a tech startup. He finally made his way out West and settled in Colorado as a writer. His articles have been translated into multiple languages. He enjoys IPAs, getting scared on big, chossy routes, and yelling incorrect beta at people.
RANDALL LEVENSALER, art director, has built a reputation as a leader in magazine design and photo editing. Before building his career in print design Randall spent many years developing his creative eye working as a photo assistant and photographer in California. He has worked with numerous outdoor companies, including Marmot, La Sportiva, The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Sierra Designs, Kelty, Climbing and Urban Climber magazines. Randy balances his visual pursuits with his passion for the outdoors. Whether it’s climbing, biking, running or skiing, he relishes being self-propelled in the mountains.
BEN YARDLEY, associate publisher, began climbing in a small gym in Burlington, Vermont some 10 years ago. Soon after graduating from the University of Vermont he braved the world of real rock and set off to get scared and humbled. Finding no bugs or humidity in Colorado, Ben decided he’d found nirvana. Starting off in the Circulation Department at Rock and Ice, he quickly became the Ad Sales Manager. Later he worked at Backbone Media as a Media Planner, before recently jumping ship back to Big Stone. You can find him trail running in the Roaring Fork Valley or pulling on draws in Rifle and rattling off excuses.
QUENT WILLIAMS, production manager, is a Colorado native, who has made his home in Carbondale since 1999. A graduate of Colorado State University, he previously worked at Climbing and Globus & Cosmos tour company. In addition to traveling (he’s been to 48 states), Quent spends his spare time hiking, watching his kids’ sporting events, and searching for the perfect rum drink.
Albert Ok, advertising sales manager, got convinced to eat his flapper on the first day he ever climbed in a gym. Prior to that, however, he studied economics at the University of Texas at Dallas, so he knows a few things about numbers and tex-mex tacos. He went on to coach rock climbing, route set, and in 2018 competed on the USA Bouldering circuit. When he’s not spending his time climbing or getting injured, you can find him tricking (doing flips), playing chess, making videos or cooking.
CINDY STRETZ, circulation and business manager, is a graduate of St Johns College in St Augustine, Florida. She is new to Colorado but has always loved the mountains. Cindy has been in the magazine business for over 21 years. She worked at Kable News for 10 years, then Palm Coast Data for another 10. Now she feels right at home at Big Stone Publishing. She has always loved to trail run and has done many races in Florida. She hopes to get back to running trails as soon as she adjusts to the altitude, what with spending the last 45 years as a flatlander.
Jordan Hirro, retail sales manager, is fortunate enough to call himself a true Carbondale, Colorado native. He discovered climbing while attending college in Colorado Springs, after a day of hanging off drilled-in angles and pitons from the Layton Kor era to take pictures of his friends in Garden of the Gods. He soon realized actually climbing was much more fun that being latched to the anchor with a camera dangling from his chest, and in the years since he has climbed all over Colorado and and the West, from Rifle to the Black Canyon to Indian Creek and beyond.
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, Neil Gresham, Niall Grimes, Seth Heller, John Long, and Dr. Julian Saunders.
Rock and Ice Online Contributing Writers
MICHAELA KIERSCH, from Chicago, IL, is a fresh college grad of DePaul University and a professional climber. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT. Among her most notable sends are Pure Imagination, Lucifer and the first female ascent of Golden Ticket—all 5.14c. She was a former US National Champion in both bouldering and lead. Her favorite color is purple.
ALEX JOHNSON is a professional climber and head coach at Vertical Endeavors in Minneapolis, MN. She’s been climbing for twenty years, won two bouldering world cups, and was a National Champion in each bouldering, sport and speed. Alex has put up many first ascents and claimed dozens of first female ascents up to to V13. Her favorite author is Chuck Palahniuk.
TOM RANDALL is a professional climber and entrepreneur. His partnership with Pete Whittaker as one half of The Wideboyz has seen him establish and repeat many of the world’s hardest cracks. He’s also a renowned climbing coach and founder of Lattice Training. In addition he’s director/founder of The Climbing Station Gym, Sublime Climbing & Wideboyz Volumes.
HANS FLORINE is a professional rock climber and motivational speaker based in San Francisco. He holds the record for number of ascents of the Nose on El Capitan. He has held the speed record on the Nose multiple times, most recently with Alex Honnold, and a time of 2 hours 23 minutes 46 seconds, set in 2012. He is the author of On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb.
MINA LESLIE-WUJASTYK is a U.K.-based professional rock climber who loves to climb, learn and write. Her studies have taken her through many fields including Physiotherapy, Psychotherapy, Yoga, Meditation and Nutrition.
Rock and Ice Beta
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, Jerry Moffatt, Conrad Anker, Chris Schulte, Caroline Treadway, Jim Thornburg, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Calum Muskett (UK), Keith Ladzinski, Emily Stifler, 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.