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

July 21, 2018

Father Daughter trip to the Alps

It’s always a pleasure to help a family spend time together safely in the mountains. I know some of the best visits I’ve had with my dad have been on climbing trips. Having time to relax sitting around huts, or in camp without the electronic distractions of daily life lends itself quite well for connecting with people. This week I climbed in France and Italy with Rob and Sonia, a fit father-daughter-duo that were new to mountaineering. [+] READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Mountain Madness gives back

Mountain Madness has a long history of giving back to our local community and to the beautiful countries we climb and trek in. While the destinations we travel to offer exceptionally rich environments, many local populations are far from wealthy. We take pride in paying our guides and porters fair wages and making sure they are safe and comfortable during our trips. It is also part of our values to help under-served populations as best we can. [+] READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Two Stones on the Summit-Epic Success on Elbrus

Early on the morning of July 9, 2018, two Stones sat on top of Europe, buffeted by high winds and cold temperatures, but holding on, rock solid, for one hard earned summit photo. John and daughter Madeleine Stone from Iowa first attempted to climb Russia’s Mt. Elbrus in 2017. [+] READ MORE