In the not all that surprising but still at least a little surprising category came this news late Friday afternoon on Urban Climber’s Facebook page:
Urban Climber magazine, which launched in October 2004, has shipped its final issue to the printer.
The August issue, one of our best ever, will be on newsstands and in subscribers’ mailboxes in a couple of weeks. Subscribers will be given the option of receiving Climbing magazine for the rest of their subscription term, or getting a refund.
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Instructions will be provided with the August issue.
On behalf of everyone ever involved in creating Urban Climber, we’d like to thank you for supporting us. It’s been quite a ride!
Former Urban Climber Editor-in-Chief Justin Roth shed some light on the magazine’s problems in his post about the magazine’s end:
But over the years, the magazine’s budget stayed small when it needed to grow. Contributors who had been happy to offer up words and images on the cheap, as a way to get their foot in the door, eventually found their patience wearing thin. This contributor frustration trickled up into the editor’s psyches, making the job even more stressful than the long hours, short deadlines, and tiny staff. Often, there was just one dedicated editor and one part-time designer editing, writing, and laying out an issue of Urban Climber. Everyone’s idealism began to show cracks under the strain of real-world pressures.
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To be fair, UC wasn’t alone in its difficulties — the magazine industry was in deep trouble, thanks to the growing specter of the World Wide Web and its endless stream of free media.
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But that didn’t make the ride any less bumpy.
The climbing magazine market has felt overcrowded for some time now so it isn’t necessarily surprising to see Urban Climber not make it, but I was a bit surprised by the swift finality in the magazine’s closure. The Urban Climber website already redirects to Climbing’s website and once the August issue arrives Urban Climber will be a thing of the past. I guess when the money runs out, the money runs out.
I thought the magazine had its fair share of good moments over the years, but some on Facebook seem to be reveling in the magazine’s demise. What do you think? Will one of the other magazines follow suit? Chime in in the comments with your thoughts.