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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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July 20, 2017

Great Climbing in the Italian Dolomites

The first MM Dolomites trip has come to an end, and guide Joshua Jarrin reports it couldn’t have gone any better! Along with Joshua was Pablo and Jody, who together reached six summits in five days. Beautiful weather…and incredible food made it even better!

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July 20, 2017

Climb On, Vashon!

Madness guide Lyra Pierotti takes a group of six-year-olds and their moms climbing in the outdoors for the first time...

Vashon Island is not exactly the epicenter of rock climbing in the Puget Sound. It is, in many ways, a bit of an ironic place for me to live--as a professional mountain guide. But it is beautiful, peaceful, and makes for an excellent home between all of my travels. For some reason, it just keeps working.

And it has worked even better since the Recess Lab Bouldering Wall opened.

Strolling through downtown a little over a year ago, I spied some brightly colored, oddly shaped blobs on a wall through the windows of a new fitness studio. I climbed up on the window sill to peer over the curtains, and there it was! A bouldering wall! Right here on Vashon! 

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July 17, 2017

Mount Olympus: Success and Summits

Mountaineering is supposed to be about reaching the summit, gritting your teeth against the discomfort, and standing on top, right? I’ve heard several other guides say it wasn’t, but I’d always brushed it off. This weekend on Mt. Olympus, I learned they're absolutely right; it's not.

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July 10, 2017

Ecuador Mountaineering School Summits Cayambe, Iliniza North, and Chimborazo

The latest Ecuador Mountaineering School started with a city tour in Quito, visiting churches and walking around the town as climbers got accustomed to the altitude of the Andes. The first acclimitization climb was Ruco Pichincha, aka "Raccoon Pikachu," where the team kept their fingers crossed for the weather to hold out during the five-hour trip. It did - that day.

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July 6, 2017

Class in the Cascades: Introduction to Mountaineering

Have you ever looked at a mountain and wondered, “How do I get up there?”

Over the weekend, Jacob Oram and I co-taught an Introduction to Mountaineering course that included a summit of Ruth Mountain in the North Cascades near Mount Baker. Our students came away from the two-day course with some of the foundational skills and a better idea for what it’s like to get out there and up there.

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