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EditorDarío Rodríguez
PublisherEditorial Desnivel
Country Spain
Based in Madrid
Language Spanish
ISSN 0211-9765

Desnivel is Spain's first monthly independent climbing and mountaineering magazine, published since 1981.


History and profile

Desnivel was founded in 1981 by Spanish mountaineer and journalist Darío Rodríguez. [1] [2] Under the leadership of Rodríguez the magazine became very influential in Spanish climbing circles. [3] [4]

The magazine is published monthly in Madrid and is focused on mountaineering (Pyrenees, Alps, expeditions) and climbing (Iberian Peninsula). Today the Editorial Desnivel is publishing mountaineering books and three magazines: Desnivel (mountaineering/climbing), Escalar (sport climbing) and Grandes Espacios (outdoor). [1] [2] [4]

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  1. 1 2 Mr. Desnivel (2008) Archived 2015-09-10 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 Magazines - Desnivel. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. Alpinist (2011): Serkhe Khollu ("[..] Isabel Suppe - Starry Night was a finalist for Premio Desnivel, a notable mountain literature award in the international climbing community"). Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. 1 2 Desnivel, the leading Spanish climbing and mountaineering magazine. Retrieved 20 June 2015.