Hey, folks. Steve here. We’ve just finished a flipthrough of Adventure Journal 11, the winter issue, which you can see above, and I’m here to spread the AJ love. Let me share with you an email that came to us today unsolicited. It’s from a guy named Scott Henderson and I’m posting it here with his permission:
“Just have to say that I wish I had found Adventure Journal sooner. At first I thought the price a bit steep but with the amazing writing, great stories, photography and even recipes it is an amazing deal and worth every penny on my teacher’s salary. Wish it came out more often but I guess I will just have to get some of the back issues to tide me over until the next issue. Thank you.”
I can’t tell you how grateful I am for Scott’s email. I get that our biggest hurdle is the price, but that’s what it really costs to produce a publication of this quality, with little advertising, at this scale. But I would argue there’s tremendous value in AJ. It’s more like getting a book than a magazine, and our absurdly high renewal rate of 98 percent tells us that readers who do make the leap are super stoked.
If just 5 percent of AJ’s monthly online readers subscribed to print, Joni and I would have the resources to bring more people on board. As I write this, she’s wrapping magazines to send for today’s orders. We are the only two people who work on AJ full time, and I’m grateful that we’ve grown enough to bring Justin Housman on board to manage online stories, but we really, really could use some extra hands for editing, proofing, and customer service. We don’t even have an office, we do this out of our house, and everything gets invested back into the people who make AJ better. That’s only going to happen if more people subscribe.
Okay. Nuff of that. Please subscribe. Get the package that includes a year plus the current issue. I promise you’ll like it.
Adventure Journal 11 includes:
• Expedition ice skating. Yes, you read that right: A small cadre of bladed pioneers is rethinking how the far north is explored.
• What if cold were a place? Say, Cold National Park? Leath Tonino bivouacs on the top of one of Vermont’s highest peaks to investigate what it means to face the familiar in an unfamiliar way.
• The snowcat as collector’s item: You can pick up a used Tucker for less than the cost of a Tacoma. But should you?
• Every one of the world’s 14 tallest peaks has been scaled in winter, except one: K2. Here’s a look at the last winter fortress—and why resurgent nationalism might be what it takes to get on top.
• The secret language of inuksuit, the stone messengers of the north.
• What comes after an avalanche is all too often shame, embarrassment, denial, and PTSD. At long last, the snow community is tackling the emotional effects of an unintended slide.
• Geoff Coombs’s chillingly beautiful ice-diving photography.