Rock & Ice magazine sold, Climbing magazine´s future unclear

by Mick Ryan Rock & Ice magazine based in Boulder, Colorado has been sold. For the last five years Dougald MacDonald has been at helm of this increasingly successful climbing magazine. MacDonald and a group of investors bought the magazine off George Bracksiack, the magazines founder. The buyers? None other than Duane Raleigh, the publisher and Quent Williams the Production manager of the Carbondale (Colorado) based Climbing magazine. Both Raleigh and Williams recently resigned from Climbing magazine. The new Rock & Ice magazine will be based in Carbondale, opposite the offices of Climbing magazine.It looks like there will be an exodus of Climbing mag staff across the road to join their old boss, Duanne Raleigh.The first defection was Tyler Stableford, Climbing´s photo-editor who will now be the editor at Rock and Ice. Most of the staff at the old Rock & Ice are now unemployed, and the future of Climbing magazine, owned by the media-giant PrimeMedia is unclear.