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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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August 14, 2015

Dry Summer in the Alps

This is a dry summer in the Alps. Mont Blanc's normal route has been closed by the authorities twice so far and many routes are more dangerous than usual, especially those that travel big glaciers or areas with loose rocks. It doesn't mean that alpinism is not viable, not at all! It's just a matter of choosing the right lines. MM Guide Joshua Jarrin took clients to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn this August to have a try at good weather and some great alpine climbing. 

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August 13, 2015

Learning the Ropes on Ruth Mountain

After our morning gear check in Seattle Mike, Pete and Mountain Madness guide Niels Meyer headed to Ruth Mountain for our Intro to Mountaineering course. Mike and Pete are Seattle locals interested in alpine climbing and mountaineering and they wanted to learn foundational skills before heading into the alpine on their own.

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August 3, 2015

Tons of Mileage on the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak

I just finished up guiding a great alpine route in the heart of the North Cascades, the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak.  I had the pleasure of meeting Paul and Stephen on the last day of July in Seattle, and we headed out in search of broken glaciers, huge rock ridges and, of course, the level of adventure for which remote, uncertain terrain is requisite.

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July 28, 2015

A Bit of Luck for Elbrus Group 2

MM Guide Mark Pugliese reports on the second of three Elbrus trip of the season that was met with some good luck and a successful summit! 

After a day touring the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, our group boarded the domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody and drove south to the Caucasus mountain range.

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July 23, 2015

Three out of Three in Peru!

Last year Barbara S. climbed her first three mountains in Peru. She fell so in love with the Cordillera Blanca that she decided to come back for more. Knowing Barbara's strength and climbing skills, the best option was to set up a customized trip. For the first part of the expedition the logistics were shared with another customized trip led by Marc and Sondra Ripprerger. Instead of Churup Lake (the classic Mountain Madness acclimatization hike) the team went to Ahuak Lake. With more than 180 km of the highest tropical range in the world at our fingertips, there were plenty of good options nearby to stretch our legs, gain some altitude and enjoy the views.

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