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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 3, 2016

Speedy and Successful Summit of Elbrus

The third Mountain Madness Elbrus trip for 2016 went off without a hitch! 

I'd like to thank the whole team for an incredible expedition - I'm psyched to have made so many new friends! 

Some of the highlights from this trip include two beautiful acclimatization hikes in the Elbrus region, a perfect summit day, and of course the wonderful accommodation at the Hotel Povorot in Cheget. 

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June 13, 2016

"I think you got this."

“I think you got this.”

Madness guide Niels Meyer and Armando are standing at the base of the Roman Wall in a complete whiteout with the wind howling and temperatures dropping. Just half an hour earlier Armando, Adrian, Jeff, and Niels had been climbing up Baker’s Easton Glacier with partly cloudy skies and mild temps. 

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April 11, 2016

"Like Returning to Earth from Another World"

Most recent update from MM Guide Shayan: We have left Everest Base Camp under clear skies and cold temperatures. We had a very comfortable night there huddling in our heated dining tent. The camp has many fewer tents this year but it seems by the amount of traffic headed up the trail that won't last long. [+] READ MORE

April 4, 2016

Sights and Sounds from Everest Base Camp Trek

Mountain Madness guide Shayan Rohani called in with the following live update from Nepal:

This is Shayan calling in from Dingboche on our first spring Everest Base Camp Trek. So far everything is going exceedingly well.

We had some interesting weather trying to get into Lukla, and ended up hiring a helicopter in order to arrive on schedule. However, the helicopter wasn’t able to land in Lukla, so we overnighted with the crew in Lamidanda, which is a small hill village on the way. [+] READ MORE

March 30, 2016

A View Into Aconcagua-Vallecitos Combo

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere and a major objective for individuals looking to tackle one of their first Seven Summit peaks. Traditionally the approach to climbing Aconcagua follows the philosophy of "climb high sleep low." This is a very effective approach but often requires multiple carries to the high camps of the mountain. This approach forces you to repeat many of the hikes over and over. Mountain Madness launched a new program this winter where the concept of "climb high sleep low" is diversified to eliminate the multiple carries on the same hikes and adds several other spectacular Argentinian peaks up to 5475m / 17949ft.

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