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November 21, 2017

Madness Guide Deana Zabaldo in Bhutan

Madness guide Deana Zabaldo recently traveled to Bhutan to scout new trekking adventures. She has shared the blog of her trip with us, to show the beauty of this unique place in the Himalaya. [+] READ MORE

November 7, 2017

Everest Base Camp Trek Begins Under Clear Skies

Yak bells clang and Tibetan chanting plays behind me while I sit writing our Namche Bazaar updates in the sunshine this Saturday morning. The Everest Base Camp team made it above 12,000 feet on day two of our climb through the Himalaya. We’re perched 3,000 feet above the Bhote Khosi gorge, and the views from this mountain mecca are vertical extremes in all directions. Time to enjoy the scene and reflect on the last couple days.

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October 24, 2017

Wounded Warrior

MM alpine guide Arthur Herlitzka checks in after a three-day ascent of Mt. Shuksan’s Sulphide Glacier route, with a group out there for a great cause. 

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October 16, 2017

Colombia: Santa Marta's Summits, the Kogi People, and White Sand Beaches - A Complete Adventure

Madness owner Mark Gunlogson continues the exploratory trip to establish the Caribbean to Glacier Climb & Trek in the wild Kogi tribal land of Colombia. Missed part one? Read it here.

As we left Dove Camp and the last bit of cloud forest, we entered the Santa Marta's version of the sub-alpine zone where dwarfed plants, occasional small trees, and grasses covered the landscape. The goal, however, was the alpine zone where we'd set-up base camp for our climb of Colon.

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August 23, 2017

Making it Happen in Russia

“It’s not about the altitude...”
 
People come to climb Mount Elbrus for a wide variety of reasons. For some, it is one peak on the path to climbing the Seven Summits. Elbrus is not a technically difficult mountain, but it sees an inordinate amount of accidents, largely due to inexperience combined with quick access to altitude. This phenomenon describes the other type of climber drawn to this peak--it’s an accessible and lower-commitment first foray into high altitude climbing, making it a great place to experiment, if you hire a guide. And the last type of climber drawn to this peak is the athlete and adventurer looking to expand his or her technical skills and see what a big mountain is all about.
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