On December 5 the warehouse in which Alpinist housed its inventory burnt to the ground. The magazine has now launched an appeal to its readers.Alpinist Magazine, one of the world's premier mountaineering magazines, suffered a major setback last Wednesday when the warehouse which stocked its entire inventory burned to the ground. Fortunately no one was injured, but the quarterly publication based in Jackson, Wyoming, has now launched the following appeal to its readers which, we are certain, will find widespread echo in the climbing community:On December 5, the warehouse in which Alpinist housed its inventory - back issues, hats, shirts, water bottles, stickers, everything - burned to the ground. Nothing was salvaged. The destruction of all we've built over the last five years would have been bad enough. This one, though, came in the middle of the holidays, a blow that has us wobbling. With nothing left to sell for our bread-and-butter season, we have a favor to ask.if you were considering giving Alpinist as a gift or renewing your subscription, now's a great time to do so. And if you haven't yet bought a 2008 calendar, your local retailer likely still has them in stock. The gift of Alpinist always pleases the recipient - and this Christmas, it would help us out as well.Thanks for your support. We'll look forward to seeing you in the hills and at the crags this holiday season. The Folks at Alpinist.