One of the longest running climbing magazines of all time will no longer be available in print. Climbing was first published in 1970.
Purchased in 2007 by Skram Media, the publisher of Urban Climber, Climbing was published up to nine times a year. In 2021, Outside Inc, purchased Climbing, Ascent, Rock & Ice and Gym Climber and combined them under the title Climbing. Outside Inc. was reportedly recently purchased by a firm backed by venture capitalists.
Climbing will continue to provide content online. Ascent will remain a print magazine, but it’s unknown if more than one issue will be released each year. Climbing is not the only title to be cut. Backpacker, Trail Runner, Beta and others will no longer be available. Ski magazine might produce one issue per year. This information was provided by sources at Outside Inc., but no official statements from Outside Inc. or Climbing have been made.
It’s sad that after 52 years of providing cutting edge stories, breaking news and in-depth profiles, Climbing magazine will be no more.