The Unique, Entirely Independent History of Mountain Gazette

The Unique, Entirely Independent History of Mountain Gazette

Written by Megan Michelson 

 

THIS HISTORIC AND RENEGADE OUTDOORS MAGAZINE TOOK TWO LONG ABSENCES FROM PUBLISHING, BUT IT’S NOW BACK UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP. HERE’S WHY THAT’S COOL.

From the beginning, Mountain Gazette has always been the kind of magazine that publishes stories that other publications won’t run. Think of it like the alt weekly of outdoor rags. Got a soliloquy about pickled food jars in Western dive bars or a meditation on biking naked through town? That’s a Mountain Gazette story. Over the years, the publication has featured contributions from storied writers like Edward Abbey, Hunter S. Thompson, Dolores LaChapelle, Dick Dorworth, and Royal Robbins.

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Born in 1966 and originally called the Skier’s Gazette, it was never just about skiing. Mike Moore, the publication’s first editor, reportedly taught a course at a Denver community college on literature and drinking, where he met students at a different bar each week to discuss legendary works of writing

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