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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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August 13, 2015

Learning the Ropes on Ruth Mountain

After our morning gear check in Seattle Mike, Pete and Mountain Madness guide Niels Meyer headed to Ruth Mountain for our Intro to Mountaineering course. Mike and Pete are Seattle locals interested in alpine climbing and mountaineering and they wanted to learn foundational skills before heading into the alpine on their own.

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August 3, 2015

Tons of Mileage on the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak

I just finished up guiding a great alpine route in the heart of the North Cascades, the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak.  I had the pleasure of meeting Paul and Stephen on the last day of July in Seattle, and we headed out in search of broken glaciers, huge rock ridges and, of course, the level of adventure for which remote, uncertain terrain is requisite.

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June 19, 2015

Early Season on Mount Shuksan

The early season has been fruitful for Mountain Madness' clients on Mount Shuksan. This past weekend we had success with climbers making it to the summit from both sides of the mountain.  Among the many great routes on the mountain, the Fisher Chimneys and Sulphide Glacier remain the most popular and for good reason. [+] READ MORE

August 15, 2014

North Ridge of Baker

The weekend of  July 20th Yoshiko and I guided the North Ridge of Mount Baker.  Going into the trip, as we often see in the Cascades, an inch of rain was forecasted for the first day of the trip.  When I see rainfall amounts like that I generally try to find an umbrella or a backup plan.  Fortunately a backup plan presented itself, and my catlike aversion to wetness was fulfilled.  We spent the first day of our trip at Mount Erie reviewing some rock climbing techniques, as well as belaying, rappelling, and multi-pitch transitions.  

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June 20, 2014

Early season on the Easton Glacier route of Mt. Baker

Mountain Madness guide Chris Marshall and assistant Quinn Rohlf just came off a successful summit climb of Mount Baker. While the weather low on the mountain wasn't exactly cooperative, the team, fueled by gourmet backcountry cuisine, persevered climbing through a whiteout and were rewarded with a bluebird summit! [+] READ MORE