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December 19, 2016

The Bishop and the Man of Wind and Snow - Part One

Team member Alex Beattie shares his experiences from our Antisana Expedition.

A bishop, two nuns and four friars walk into a tabernacle, arguing over canon.

Sounds like the start of a bad joke? Probably. No doubt it actually started out that way (those wacky Ecuadorians). It also describes the remnants of an Ecuadorian volcano that blew itself apart about 600 years ago and left a horseshoe-shaped string of  high peaks around a 3 km wide caldera. A perfect description, if you look at it just the right way (and apply sufficient imagination).     

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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.

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January 28, 2015

Ecuador School

Ecuador school is now done with four days of training and heading back up to Cayambe yesterday for the climb. With their new skills they will work their way up the glaciers of Cayambe in the wee hours of the night.

There is still an opportunity to join MM in February for a school or summit climbs if you already have expereince. Then things simmer down a bit during the rainy season and start back up again in late May or early June. Stay tuned for an update for the team in the meantime!

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December 31, 2014

"All is great in Ecuador!"

MM guide Juliana reported in from the Ecuador School and Volcanoes Expedition to say all is great in the Andes of Ecuador! 

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July 8, 2014

Ecuador Volcanoes Expedition Climb Illiniza Sur

After getting hammered by winds on Cayambe the team moved on to Illiniza Sur and met with success. Some excellent snow conditions allowed for a great day before the group moved on to Cotopaxi. [+] READ MORE