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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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July 15, 2019

Full Circle Ingalls Peak

Fellow guide Jake Skeen and I were taking two guests to do their first alpine rock climb, Ingalls Peak. [+] READ MORE

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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July 20, 2017

Climb On, Vashon!

Madness guide Lyra Pierotti takes a group of six-year-olds and their moms climbing in the outdoors for the first time...

Vashon Island is not exactly the epicenter of rock climbing in the Puget Sound. It is, in many ways, a bit of an ironic place for me to live--as a professional mountain guide. But it is beautiful, peaceful, and makes for an excellent home between all of my travels. For some reason, it just keeps working.

And it has worked even better since the Recess Lab Bouldering Wall opened.

Strolling through downtown a little over a year ago, I spied some brightly colored, oddly shaped blobs on a wall through the windows of a new fitness studio. I climbed up on the window sill to peer over the curtains, and there it was! A bouldering wall! Right here on Vashon! 

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July 10, 2017

Ecuador Mountaineering School Summits Cayambe, Iliniza North, and Chimborazo

The latest Ecuador Mountaineering School started with a city tour in Quito, visiting churches and walking around the town as climbers got accustomed to the altitude of the Andes. The first acclimitization climb was Ruco Pichincha, aka "Raccoon Pikachu," where the team kept their fingers crossed for the weather to hold out during the five-hour trip. It did - that day.

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June 6, 2017

A Window into the Alpine Climbing Course

What a whirlwind these last eight days have been! From clear skies and perfect sunsets to high winds and post holing through snow, Jennifer, Alex and Guide Niels Meyer saw it all during their Alpine Climbing Course. It even rained for a brief spell, just to remind them they were in the Cascades. Progressing from rock climbing to alpine rock climbing, and then to glaciated travel on one of the North Cascades' most beautiful peaks, the Alpine Climbing Course provides an introduction to many forms of mountain travel.

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