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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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August 26, 2018

A short story from Sarah L.

Picture this: you are very happily married in your early 30s, own a home, and you each have pretty amazing, stable jobs. Who could ask for anything more right? Why on earth would you sell your home, quit both your jobs, and move across the United States because you had the insane idea to start climbing MOUNTAINS? Not just hike mountains, but CLIMB them; to learn how to become a mountaineer. Well, we did just that. [+] READ MORE

August 20, 2018

Cho Oyu - In the Land of the Heights, the Goddess of Turquoise Dwells (3)

With just days to go, the inevitable last-minute frantic running around has begun. No matter how many times I do this, there's always a ton of little things to do at the last minute, and there's always a couple of inconsequential gear decisions that seems to cause more stress than necessary (it's a bit of a necessary ritual, it seems). [+] READ MORE

August 10, 2018

Cho Oyu - In the Land of the Heights, the Goddess of Turquoise Dwells (2)

Why? In the immortal words of George Mallory, "Because it's there." That would be the classical answer, part philosophical part flippant. Oddly, I don't actually get asked that question very often. [+] READ MORE

August 9, 2018

No Spaghetti on spaghetti traverse... just tortellini, ziti, penne and espresso!

The spaghetti traverse, is a five day horseshoe shaped traverse that begins and ends in Zermatt. Although it begins and terminates in Switzerland almost all of the climbing occurs in Italy. Each hut is located on Italian soil (or rock in most cases). [+] READ MORE

August 2, 2018

Eiger ascent by Mountain Madness guide Alan Rousseau

John and I spent a week climbing in the alps last year and climbed Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn together. This year he came back with a plan for us to do a “warm-up” route with his son, and then head to Grindelwald to try the Eiger. [+] READ MORE