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Online Editor Departs for New Adventure

Alpinist Online Editor Erik Lambert on the South Ridge of Nez Perce (11,901′), Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. [Photo] Chris Zajchowski

Erik Lambert, creator, editor and manager of Alpinist‘s online programs, will step down from his post in October to take on a new role at The American Alpine Club.

Erik began his time with Alpinist in 2006 as a production intern who developed the recently inaugurated NewsWire and Alpinist TV departments of He transitioned to become the company’s first online editor. Over the past four years, the site has undergone four redesigns, progressing visually as its departments have expanded.

Starting in November, he will apply his editorial and marketing experience as the Information and Marketing Director at the AAC, where he will oversee the Club’s publications and marketing initiatives.

“Erik’s growing reputation in the climbing media world says it all,” Alpinist Editorial Director Adam Howard says. “He’s been a huge asset to Alpinist and, I’m sure, he’ll be as valuable to the AAC in his new role as Information and Marketing Director. With his connections, knowledge of climbing and overall ethic, he’ll be difficult to replace.”

While thrilled for the new opportunity, Erik says the transition will be bittersweet. “From the first few days of my internship–cataloguing, scanning and returning thousands of slides to Jim Bridwell for ‘Bird’s Eye View’ in Issue 18–Alpinist has been an amazing place to be part of. It will be tough to leave the dedicated, talented and dynamic team I’ve known so long.

“Like Alpinist, the AAC’s publications and assets represent a pillar of excellence in the international climbing world. From the American Alpine Journal to Accidents in North American Mountaineering, and from The Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library to The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, the Club’s information resources are vast. I expect the Club will continue to have a profound impact on the future of climbing by preserving and unveiling its past.”

Howard says, “While we’ve always been tight with the AAC, we’re hopeful that Erik’s move across the street will take our relationship with the AAC to the next level. They’re a huge resource not only to us, but to the climbing community as a whole. Erik’s integrity, talent and dedication will only strengthen the mission resolve at the AAC–one we wholeheartedly support.”

“While it’s tough to lose Erik,” Howard adds, “Height of Land Publications has a reputation for pulling in and growing impressive talent. Those high standards will continue, both within our team and”