MM Collection
Dispatches from afar - the Alaska Range. Josh Terrell photo
Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
Writing dispatches in camp on Kilimanjaro. Mark Gunlogson photo
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May 18, 2015

Making the Best of a Bad Situation - Part Two

On 1 May we made the move from Chhoplung to Lukla with the hope that we had flights back to Kathmandu the next day. It was an easy hike up and we got really nice rooms at the North Face Resort. The team dispersed for the afternoon to explore the town, eat burgers, have a beer, play pool, and get internet access. Deana, Dawa, and I continued to arrange confirmed flights for the team for the next day as well as get intel on conditions in the valley and Kathmandu from other teams and locals.


May 12, 2015

Mark G. Reports On Uganda - Rwenzoris "Mountains of the Moon" Part 2

The first rung of the ladder was way out of reach, not even a double shoulder stand would get a person close to it. Climate change, believe it or not, was the culprit here, leaving a ladder suspended more than 30 feet above the rock that was once covered in ice. Less than a couple of decades ago mountaineers could take a short-cut and climb down the ladder onto the Margerhita Glacier and start their ascent to the highest point in Uganda, the 16,761-foot Margherita Peak. Instead, we found ourselves descending more than 500 feet over rocky slabs before we could find a passage up to the drastically receding glacier and a point we could resume our ascent.


May 6, 2015

Making the Best of a Bad Situation - Part One

Hello everyone, Namaste!

I hope everyone back home is doing well and excited to see their loved ones returning from the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. In classic Madness style we switched gears after the earthquake and had a week to make the most of our time in this wonderful country.


April 29, 2015

Khumbu Wedding Bells to Ring -- A Nugget of Goodness Amid Tragedy

Jen and Erik were to be married at Everest Base Camp with Deana Zabaldo officiating and a Buddhist lama offering blessings under the watching eyes of Chomolungma, the name for Everest in Sherpa culture meaning the Goddess Mother of the Earth. Those plans changed of course in the face of this massive earthquake and tragedy.


April 27, 2015

Direct Assistance for Nepal

We have all seen the images.  Cultural landmarks that have stood the test of time for centuries, now reduced to rubble.  Homes destroyed, thousands dead and millions now homeless. For anyone who has been to Nepal, these images are beyond heartbreaking; even more so when you think about the generous spirit of the Nepalese people. Mountain Madness has been offering trips to Nepal for over 20 years now and to us, it is so much more than a destination on a map. Our employees in this area of the world are family.