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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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April 11, 2016

"Like Returning to Earth from Another World"

Most recent update from MM Guide Shayan: We have left Everest Base Camp under clear skies and cold temperatures. We had a very comfortable night there huddling in our heated dining tent. The camp has many fewer tents this year but it seems by the amount of traffic headed up the trail that won't last long. [+] READ MORE

April 4, 2016

Sights and Sounds from Everest Base Camp Trek

Mountain Madness guide Shayan Rohani called in with the following live update from Nepal:

This is Shayan calling in from Dingboche on our first spring Everest Base Camp Trek. So far everything is going exceedingly well.

We had some interesting weather trying to get into Lukla, and ended up hiring a helicopter in order to arrive on schedule. However, the helicopter wasn’t able to land in Lukla, so we overnighted with the crew in Lamidanda, which is a small hill village on the way. [+] READ MORE

March 30, 2016

A View Into Aconcagua-Vallecitos Combo

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere and a major objective for individuals looking to tackle one of their first Seven Summit peaks. Traditionally the approach to climbing Aconcagua follows the philosophy of "climb high sleep low." This is a very effective approach but often requires multiple carries to the high camps of the mountain. This approach forces you to repeat many of the hikes over and over. Mountain Madness launched a new program this winter where the concept of "climb high sleep low" is diversified to eliminate the multiple carries on the same hikes and adds several other spectacular Argentinian peaks up to 5475m / 17949ft.

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March 16, 2016

Aconcagua - Stories Beyond the Summit

Joshua Jarrin sent us this report from Aconcagua from this past season, where he writes about aspects of the climbing experience beyond the physical.
 
As lead guide in Aconcagua I am asked to write about the process of our expeditions. The experiences lived during my last two trips, however, lead me to write about deeper thoughts rather than describing the physical steps that bring a climber to stand on the roof of the Americas. 
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March 16, 2016

$170,000+ Raised for Nepal School - Let the Rebuild Begin!

Katie Rose Fischer-Price, daughter of Mountain Madness founder Scott Fischer, writes in with an update on the success of the recent benefit featuring Ed Viesturs and Dawa Geljen Sherpa. Since the time of her writing, more contributions have arrived to rebuild and expand the Himalayan English Boarding School, bringing the total to $170,000 so far. It's not too late to donate! Visit sherpacares.org/HEBS to join the groundswell of support.  

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