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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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February 26, 2015

Guest Blog - A Climber's Journal of Aconcagua

I am off to Argentina today to join with 8 other climbers and 3 guides from Mountain Madness to attempt a summit of Aconcagua via the Normal Route.

The team is arriving in Mendoza, Argentina over the next few days and we will soon begin our expedition and ascent of the highest mountain in the western and southern hemispheres. Aconcagua (the stone sentinel) stands at an impressive 6962m (22,834 ft.) above sea level, one of the “7 Summits”. It is great training for the high altitude peaks in the Himalayas. [+] READ MORE

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!

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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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