Summit Publishing Announces Purchase of Mountain Gazette
(Press Release) August 20, 2010 — Summit Publications, LLC announced today that it has purchased the iconic Mountain Gazette from Skram Media. The monthly, Colorado-based regional magazine will join Summit's three other publications: Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Elevation Outdoors Magazine and Breathe Magazine.
"I am really excited about the purchase of the Mountain Gazette," says Blake DeMaso, President of Summit Publishing. "When I entered the outdoor publishing business seven years ago, I took a lot of inspiration from the magazine. It is a real honor to add it to Summit Publications' portfolio."
The Mountain Gazette will also be a part of Outdoor Adventure Media (OAM), the largest network of regional grassroots outdoor sports publications in the country. In addition to Summit's four magazines, OAM also includes Adventure Sports Journal, A.T. Journeys, Outdoor Utah Adventure Journal, Outdoors Northwest Magazine, Out There Monthly and Vermont Sports.
The Mountain Gazette originally started in 1966 as the Skiers' Gazette. In 1972, it evolved into the Mountain Gazette, which, during its critically acclaimed seven-year run, gained notoriety for publishing the ground-breaking works of such famous writers as Edward Abbey, Galen Rowell, John Jerome and William Eastlake.
The Mountain Gazette was resurrected in 2000 and quickly reestablished itself as the must-read authority on the outdoor culture of the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. It continued its history of publishing some of the best-known writers in the West, including Hunter S. Thompson, John Nichols, Mary Sojourner, Ellen Meloy, Royal Robbins and Katie Lee.
The magazine will continue to be published under the direction of long-time editor John Fayhee. Distribution will remain heavy in the mountain regions of Colorado, as well as parts of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
"I have had the opportunity to speak with John Fayhee at length, and we share the same vision for the future of Mountain Gazette," says DeMaso. "Our shared goal is to work hard to return the magazine to its roots in terms of the look and feel and distribution in mountain towns throughout the Rockies and beyond."