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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September 14, 2015

Where Can We Go When the Volcano Blow?

So what do you do when one of your favorite mountains starts to erupt? First of all you run away. Quickly. Secondly, you use another volcano! Recently we have fielded many inquiries regarding whether climbing is possible in Ecuador since Cotopaxi started being more active. Ecuador has been blessed with numerous big mountains and we have a long history with all of them. For the foreseeable future we will be shifting our Cotopaxi climbs to Cayambe, Illiniza and Antisana.


September 10, 2015

Fly like a Butterfly. Climb like a Mountain Goat.

Congratulations to John Davis, who recently successfully reached the summit of Mont Blanc. Back in July, John put time and mileage into preparation for the Alps earlier in the North Cascades on the Matterhorn Prep Course


September 4, 2015

Mount Baker Slow Boat - MM-style

Mountain Madness guides Chris Marshall and Casey Henley led a group up the Squak Glacier on Mt. Baker from July 18-21.  Although it was only the second half of July, the south side of the mountain was in typical late-season condition with exposed glacial ice, many large open crevasses and tricky route finding. This trip, offered as a special four day “Slow-Boat” experience, allowed the team to be fueled by gourmet backcountry cuisine and to spend a full day on snow and glacier travel skills and to get adequate rest before a summit attempt. [+] READ MORE

September 3, 2015

Diploma in Mountain Medicine

The Diploma in Mountain Medicine program sets the international standard for comprehensive training in mountain medicine for medical professionals. Mountain Madness has been a part of this training for many years, training diploma candidates from the military in mountaineering skills required for their diploma. This year’s candidates, Jason, Mike, Wayne and Alex, were surgeons and nurses from the Navy and Air Force and were spending weeks training in the mountains of the NW to be prepared to be leaders of complex technical rescue and able to provide medical care where resources and environmental conditions are extreme. What a tall order!


August 31, 2015

The Alps deliver, despite some challenging conditions

For the last two weeks of August, Monica G. and Jody R. joined us on climbs in France and Switzerland. Mont Blanc was one of the options but we switched to other goals due to rock fall hazards on the Gouter Couloir.