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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 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. 


April 27, 2015

Update from Namche Bazaar - Team to Begin Descent Tomorrow

It's been quite challenging the last few days but the team has stayed safe and been looking after one another during this horrible tragedy. We had just reached Namche Bazaar on the 24th and done an acclimatization hike on our rest day on the 25th when the earthquake hit. Saying we were lucky is an understatement. [+] READ MORE

April 26, 2015

Update On MM Trekking Group In Nepal

Mark Gunlogson received calls at 9 p.m. Saturday, Seattle time, and again this morning at 8 a.m., Seattle time, with updates for our group in Namche Bazaar. Some aftershocks are still occurring, which rattle already shaken nerves. But, everybody is ok and safe. Deana reports that the kids from the Children’s Home that many of you have supported, are all ok too. Also thankfully, the families of our Mountain Madness Sherpa staff are ok, although some of their homes have been badly damaged. [+] READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Everest Base Camp Trek: April 23rd

Early morning wakeup call, pack your bags it's time to head to Lukla!

After a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call we all met in the lobby of our superior hotel, the Yak and Yeti. They packed up a boxed breakfast for us and had gourmet coffee waiting for us to shake off the sleep dust...

April 22, 2015

Report from EBC Trek: Great Food and Culture in Kathmandu

Hello to everyone from the controlled chaos of Kathmandu, Nepal!

Our team has all arrived for the Mountain Madness April-May Everest Base Camp Trek. Shaking off the jetlag after a series of flights finds us well, excited, and happy to be here on this adventure. I have already heard that this is the trip of a lifetime and major bucket list goal from many participants, and the enthusiasm is contagious. We have a great group and an amazing head leader. Deana Zabaldo is akin to a PhD in Nepalese culture coupled with the patience of a kindergarten teacher.