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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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June 26, 2015

Nepal Update

As the country of Nepal continues to make a slow recovery, Mountain Madness is still actively working to allocate the money all of you have generously donated through our GoFundMe account. For those of you who have travelled with us to Nepal, you have likely met Dawa Sherpa, our lead Sherpa. And for those who were on the trek with us during the earthquake, they continued to experience his kind heart and generosity as he and his family welcomed them to a meal outside their destroyed home. 


May 12, 2015

Mark G. Reports On Uganda - Rwenzoris "Mountains of the Moon" Part 2

The first rung of the ladder was way out of reach, not even a double shoulder stand would get a person close to it. Climate change, believe it or not, was the culprit here, leaving a ladder suspended more than 30 feet above the rock that was once covered in ice. Less than a couple of decades ago mountaineers could take a short-cut and climb down the ladder onto the Margerhita Glacier and start their ascent to the highest point in Uganda, the 16,761-foot Margherita Peak. Instead, we found ourselves descending more than 500 feet over rocky slabs before we could find a passage up to the drastically receding glacier and a point we could resume our ascent.


April 27, 2015

Update from Namche Bazaar - Team to Begin Descent Tomorrow

It's been quite challenging the last few days but the team has stayed safe and been looking after one another during this horrible tragedy. We had just reached Namche Bazaar on the 24th and done an acclimatization hike on our rest day on the 25th when the earthquake hit. Saying we were lucky is an understatement. [+] READ MORE

April 26, 2015

Update On MM Trekking Group In Nepal

Mark Gunlogson received calls at 9 p.m. Saturday, Seattle time, and again this morning at 8 a.m., Seattle time, with updates for our group in Namche Bazaar. Some aftershocks are still occurring, which rattle already shaken nerves. But, everybody is ok and safe. Deana reports that the kids from the Children’s Home that many of you have supported, are all ok too. Also thankfully, the families of our Mountain Madness Sherpa staff are ok, although some of their homes have been badly damaged. [+] READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Everest Base Camp Trek: April 23rd

Early morning wakeup call, pack your bags it's time to head to Lukla!

After a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call we all met in the lobby of our superior hotel, the Yak and Yeti. They packed up a boxed breakfast for us and had gourmet coffee waiting for us to shake off the sleep dust...