MM Collection
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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November 11, 2015

A Glimpse of Kathmandu

Made it to Kathmandu after an enjoyable stopover in Hong Kong; one perk of travel to Asia is interesting layovers. A day of preparation before heading into the mountains for the Everest Base Camp Trek has left me little time to take a look around the city. I did get the chance to meet with Sagar from our Kathmandu office and Neel. Neel and I will join MM guide Deana Zabaldo and her organization Changing Lives Nepal to deliver five computers to schools and an orphanage outside of Kathmandu.


October 22, 2015

Nepal fundraising completed- thanks to all!

A huge, heartfelt thank you goes out to all who donated to the Rebuilding Nepal's Villages GoFundMe campaign. Thanks to 542 of you, nearly 90 thousand dollars will go toward recovery in the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th of this year. 


October 20, 2015

Pik Lenin Success- trip report from summer climb

Here at Mountain Madness, we staged our second trip to Pik Lenin, in the Pamir Range of Kyrgyzstan, last August.  Where exactly is that, you ask?  Well, that's the first thing you will notice when going to a place like Kyrgyzstan; nobody knows where it is.  Heck, I didn't know exactly where it was before doing the research prior to my first trip over there.  Kyrgyzstan is situated in a mountain-rich zone with the Pamir Mountains, known as "The Roof of the World," forming a junction between the Himalaya and Karakoram with the Tian Shan.  Sharing borders with Tajikistan, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan and Xinjiang (China), Kyrgyzstan is truly an untamed land and tends not to be a very popular place to visit - especially given its location in the "-stans." Pakistan and Afghanistan are only one country away and I think many people assume it is a dangerous place to travel.  However, I have always found Kyrgyzstan safe, yet wild and a starkly beautiful place to explore.


September 14, 2015

Where Can We Go When the Volcano Blow?

So what do you do when one of your favorite mountains starts to erupt? First of all you run away. Quickly. Secondly, you use another volcano! Recently we have fielded many inquiries regarding whether climbing is possible in Ecuador since Cotopaxi started being more active. Ecuador has been blessed with numerous big mountains and we have a long history with all of them. For the foreseeable future we will be shifting our Cotopaxi climbs to Cayambe, Illiniza and Antisana.


September 10, 2015

Fly like a Butterfly. Climb like a Mountain Goat.

Congratulations to John Davis, who recently successfully reached the summit of Mont Blanc. Back in July, John put time and mileage into preparation for the Alps earlier in the North Cascades on the Matterhorn Prep Course