New Print Issue From Mountain Gazette Comes Out Swinging

May 15, 2024

Mountain Gazette 201 Investigates the Yellowstone Club, Paddles The Chicago River, & Deep Dives Into The Bros That Keep HeliSki Trips In Business

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, CA ( May 2024) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/Mountain Gazette’s newest issue lands in subscribers hands mid-May and the 201st issue of the magazine is coming out swinging, with a meticulously reported deep dive into the reclusive Montana enclave for the ultra-wealthy, known as the Yellowstone Club. If Mountain Gazette 200 was a coffee table flex for outdoor lovers, MG 201 will be discussed on forums, text threads, and various social media posts until every outdoor industry insider has read the damn thing.

Ari Schneider’s sure to be talked about story begins with the sentence “As a general rule, I prefer not to get arrested while I’m reporting…” and for those outside Montana picturing a tale as full of drama as the famed streaming series, get ready to buckle up.

“Ari chased down yet another tip we got from a reader,” says Editor Mike Rogge. “For nine months, he dug through court records, interviewed dozens of people directly and indirectly associated with the Y.C., and legally walked up the Gallatin River to assist in collecting water samples all in an effort to discover the truth about a private ski area’s effect on the local environment and economy. As a staff we collectively fact-checked this piece over 60 hours. It’s not to be missed.”

Visually stunning, from the 12-page spread of legendary Grateful Dead photographer Jay Blakesberg’s work across decades and music genres to the grab you by the throat portraits of Grizzly Bears leaping off the page in Katmai National Park, the magazine packs an equally powerful punch with its large format photography, esoteric cartoons, and broad strokes of creatively fueled narratives.

Readers of the print magazine will encounter keenly observed ruminations on adventurous pursuits like surfing Lake Tahoe, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and the way that one man doggedly mowed the longest continuous single-track trail in the US, to save it from disappearing forever. In an essay on campfire wisdom in the Arctic Refuge by Brennan Lagasse, time is spent “being as present as possible in this place while projecting a futurism saturated by the values of peace, justice and regeneration.”

The photo essays are as wide reaching as Mountain Gazette’s readership which spans all 50 states, most provinces of Canada and more than a dozen countries. Vivid imagery from Swampfest, founded in Florida to celebrate the culture of BMX and skateboarding coexists with a photo essay of Northeast whitewater adventures, the moody moonscape of Desert Days – the first-ever women’s mountain bike gathering in Southern Utah, and more.

There are stories that nail mountain culture right on the head and some more out of the box interpretations.

Entertainer Steve Martin and cartoonist Harry Bliss are back and have created a comic that threads nature walks into memories of Andy Warhol and his workshop.

Revived in 2020, by industry veteran Mike Rogge, writer and editor of culturally relevant media publications including Powder, The Ski Journal and Vice, the story of Mountain Gazette begins in 1966. The spirit of the magazine has always embodied the character and independence of mountain towns, with their epicenter being the American West.

In the years that followed, Mountain Gazette became known as a publication that would publish longform journalism and fearless stories that other mainstream outdoor titles would veer away from due to their candor. After funding ran dry in 1979, Mountain Gazette left a vacuum in an industry that desperately needed raw, honest journalism from the characters that populate mountain towns.

In 2000, the magazine was resurrected again and changed hands multiple times until Rogge bought the magazine in 2020 and revived it to its success today. At a time when existing publications are radically changing their income stream models, closing their doors, or consolidating under new ownership, Mountain Gazette’s independent, energetic resurgence is both remarkable and a much needed salve to the digital era and its endless scrolling. The magazine has seen significant success building a community of subscribers and continues to be a champion for independently owned media in the outdoor industry and beyond.

The magazine was recently profiled in Fast Company.

About Mountain Gazette

Born in 1966 and revived in 2020 for a modern era, Mountain Gazette is the original outdoor magazine. The large format, bi-annual outdoor culture magazine features stunning photography and incredible long-form storytelling. Join the print revival and subscribe here.

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