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March 27, 2018

Madness Climber Begins His Pursuit of the "Eight-Thousanders"

The world is covered in mountains of all shapes and sizes, but only 14 peaks stand taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 ft). Each of these has a riveting history, the triumphant and disastrous often only minutes apart. Mountain Madness climber Alex B. is embarking on his first of the "eight-thousanders," Cho Oyu. Madness Everest guide Ossy Freire leads the Expedition starting August 25. We invite you to follow the expedition experience through the eyes of Alex.

 

You've heard some of their names.

 

Everest.  K2.  Annapurna.

 

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February 8, 2018

The Elusive Obispo

El Altar, a group of nine summits connected by the same base, is one of the most iconic mountains of Ecuador. For local climbers, its ascent represents the entry exam to the “real deal” league. This “little” range presents a spectacular combination of intimidating cliffs, long ice waterfalls, and broken glaciers - all surrounded by remote highlands and hidden lakes. It is no wonder the indigenous and spanish cultures always treated the mountain with a respect reserved for the divine. 

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December 18, 2017

Cotopaxi success

Cotopaxi success! Second trip of the season and we're all so happy the mountain is open for climbers. Our second team reported good conditions and that the mountain is overall in great shape for climbing. After an acclimatization ascent on Illiniza Norte the team made good work of the Coto climb. Congrats to all of them!

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December 8, 2017

Cotopaxi - Back in Business!

Just over 2 years ago, Cotopaxi started an eruption phase that lasted almost 6 months. Since the first eruption, the summit and upper mountain have been closed to climbing. The Ecuadorian government reopened the peak to climbing October 6. Mountain Madness has resumed summit climbs and treks around Cotopaxi and, in fact, are operating our 2nd Cotopaxi expedition since it re-opened.

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December 5, 2017

EBC Wrap-up

Madness guide Mara Larson gives us the final update from Everest Base Camp Trek.

It's just a week past Thanksgiving now, and finally the gear is washed, the sleeping bags are airing, and the Khumbu cough is in the distant past - for all but me, Knute, and Mike, anyway.

 

How time flies post-Himalaya. And how easily we manage to forget pungent bathroom smells at 17,000 feet and the early morning deep-freeze. Our descent from Everest and the Khumbu was a celebration on many levels.

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