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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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January 30, 2015

Vinson Massif Expedition - January 2-25, 2015

Thank you to our climber, Dave Creeden, for sharing his experience on our recent Vinson Massif expedition in Antarctica! 

The Vinson Massif is the highest mountain (16,050 feet) in Antarctica located in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, lying at a latitude of little more than 78 degrees south. 

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January 28, 2015

Ecuador School

Ecuador school is now done with four days of training and heading back up to Cayambe yesterday for the climb. With their new skills they will work their way up the glaciers of Cayambe in the wee hours of the night.

There is still an opportunity to join MM in February for a school or summit climbs if you already have expereince. Then things simmer down a bit during the rainy season and start back up again in late May or early June. Stay tuned for an update for the team in the meantime!

Training on the glacier near the Cayambe hut. All photos by Gaspar Navarrette.

Steep ice climbing on the glacier.

Practicing roped-travel before the ascent.

On an acclimatization walk.

January 27, 2015

If the Skiing is Bad, Go Ice Climbing

Marc Ripperger veteran ice climbing guide reporting in from Ouray, Colorado. Despite a slow start to the snow year in the Northwest and Rockies there is always good ice here in Ouray, Colorado. While the turns in the backcountry and on piste are less then ideal, it is a great time to break out the ice tools and swing them here in Ouray. 

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January 16, 2015

Peak-Bagging in Colombia!

This end and begin of 2014-15 in Cocuy, Colombia was characterized by clear skies and very strong winds throughout the entire mountain climbing season.

Our MM group enjoyed great hiking conditions during the acclimatization hikes to the Monserrate and Pico del Aguila summits. The views were just perfect with the beautiful snow-covered peaks in the background contrasting with the green and yellow fields in the lower slopes of the mountain range.

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January 13, 2015

Quick and Joyful Kili

This December holiday season, MM Guide Ben Mality spent Christmas climbing Kilimanjaro with a strong family from Sweden! Their friends had climbed with Mountain Madness the previous December when Mark Gunlogson's family went to Tanzania and had nothing but wonderful things to say about their experience. So naturally, they were convinced that this was the best way for a family of 5 to spend their holidays. And all 5, ages 14 to 50, reached the roof of Africa on December 24th! 

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