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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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December 18, 2014

Success and luxury in the heart of Mexico

Mountain Madness just wrapped up its second trip to Mexico for 2014 with it's "Orizaba Express" trip, a fast track to the top of North America's 3rd highest peak at 5,700 meters or 18,700 feet.  The week long trip began with a night in Mexico City 7,384 ft 2,250 m and continued with a visit to Teotihuacan, one of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican sites in the Americas. [+] 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.  


June 3, 2014

The Ruth Gorge Did Not Disappoint

Many times when climbers think of Alaska, attention goes to the prized Mt. McKinley (aka Denali), which stands as the highest point in North America. When I talk about the Ruth Gorge, the exchange goes as follows: 

Non-Climber: “How was Alaska?”

Me: “Great, we climbed in the Ruth Gorge.”

Non-Climber: “Is that near Denali?”


June 7, 2013

Spectacular Mixed Climbing in Alaska Range

When Peter and I arrived in Anchorage in the middle of May, it was snowing lightly. We were about to embark on an 11 day journey to conquer some spectacular mixed climbing on some of Alaska's most picturesque and exciting peaks. We wasted no time by cranking into a gear check 15 minutes after touching down and then went food shopping. By late afternoon we were on our way to Talkeetna.


February 12, 2013

The Vegas You Never Knew - Red Rocks Climbing

Sunny sandstone rock climbing in Las Vegas? It is the real deal- not like the smoke & mirrors or glitz and lights you find down on the Strip. Long time guest Sharad Honavar and I, MM guide Marc Ripperger, ventured out for a quick three day trip into Red Rocks National Conservation Area situated literally 5 minutes outside the city limits.