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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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August 15, 2017

Chopikalki and Ishinka Expedition Off to a Great Start

MM Guide Juliana Garcia writes in to report that all six clients have arrived in Peru for the Chopakalki and Ishinka expedition.

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July 31, 2017

The Tough Guy Killer: Adventures in Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

In the shade underneath the thatched roof choza, I looked one last time at the bottom of my coffee cup. This was day two of our expedition in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, and it was spent arranging passage from the local Kogi shaman into their lands of overwhelming green, wildly steep mountain sides, and equatorial glacier-clad peaks. After some lengthy negotiations we received a hand-written permit for us to journey into the indigenous Kogi tribal land. Time to pack.

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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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