Mark Gunlogson on Mt. Erie. Dylan Taylor photo
Scott Fischer (mid-left), Keith Boskoff (middle), Christine Boskoff (mid-right) in Pakistan. MM photo
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Mark Gunlogson on the summit of Mera Peak, Nepal. Mark Gunlogson photo
Scott Fischer on Mount Everest, 1994. Mountain Madness photo
Christine Boskoff on Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Anatoliy Savejko photo
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President and Owner

Mark Gunlogson

Much like his predecessors, Mark is no stranger to high altitudes and extraordinary life experiences. His continued passion for climbing began at the youthful age of 15 in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Later, much to his parent’s dismay, he would shun a career path related to his degree in Environmental Science and pursue the heights. Like many climbers, he cobbled together a means to, first and foremost, climb. 

This would lead him to plying the stormy waters of the Bering Sea (in the middle of winter) as a fisheries biologist on Korean fishing boats, to painting houses, carpentry, writing for climbing publications, teaching skiing, or working on conservation projects in South America. And then came guiding… 

Since his first guiding gig in 1987 he has led trips to all seven continents, reaching the highest peak of six. In 1994 Mark joined forces with Mountain Madness. In addition to guiding he began developing South American programs, strengthening the guide standards, and adding both guide and travel experience that would prove invaluable for the company.

Outside of guiding his climbing achievements include ten trips up Yosemite’s El Capitan, starting at the ripe age of 23 with an ascent of the difficult Shield route in 1983. His more than thirty-five big wall exploits include wilderness ascents in the Northwest Territories and Wyoming, including Mount Proboscis and Mount Hooker’s north face original in the Wind River Range. In High Asia and the Andes his more difficult ascents include the first American ascent of Bhagirarthi III in India via the Scottish Pillar in 1992,  the Northeast Buttress Kwande Shar and the Bibler/Freer route on Lobuje (both in Nepal), and the Southwest Buttress of Huandoy Sur in Peru. Before his 1990 ascent of Pik Lenin in Kyrgystan, Mark assisted in rescue efforts after an avalanche swept down and buried 43 climbers at Camp 2, all of whom perished- this is considered the worst mountaineering accident in history. Closer to home in Seattle, he has made hundreds of ascents in the Cascades and Olympics.

With these many years of difficult climbing came a tenacity and strong sense of commitment that would serve him well for weathering the challenges Mountain Madness faced as a business. The gaps left with the unfortunate loss of both Scott and Christine were not insignificant and required careful navigation to keep the company on course.

After the loss of Christine in the mountains of China in 2006, Mark took over leadership of the company and ownership in 2008. Since then the company has remained on solid financial ground, has developed exciting new programs, increased the commitment to responsible travel, worked with youth groups.

And to remain at the forefront in the guiding industry Gunlogson has continued the spirit of adventure with the comapny continuously offering new areas to travel. More recently he led groups in the Uganda's Rwnezori Mountains, visited the mountain gorillas, set-up programs in Colombia, visited the Huaroni idigenous people deep in the Amazon Basin, and traveled to the Poi, in the remote Ndoto Mountains in Northern Kenya.

Indeed, the spirit of adventure that was the companies’ trademark under the leadership of Scott Fischer and Christine Boskoff is alive and well!