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August 15, 2017

Chopikalki and Ishinka Expedition Off to a Great Start

MM Guide Juliana Garcia writes in to report that all six clients have arrived in Peru for the Chopakalki and Ishinka expedition.

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August 14, 2017

"Wonderful, fabulous" Inca Trail Deluxe Trek

MM Trekker Barbara Gessaman shares her latest trekking experience - our Inca Trail Deluxe.

The Inca Trail Deluxe trip was fabulous, as are all of the treks I have taken with Mountain Madness (six in all). This trip was my grandsons' first trip at altitude, and they did well - the trekking bug has bitten. Our guide, Julio, was wonderful. He knew and relayed to us so much about the history of the Incas and Machu Picchu.

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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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July 23, 2015

Three out of Three in Peru!

Last year Barbara S. climbed her first three mountains in Peru. She fell so in love with the Cordillera Blanca that she decided to come back for more. Knowing Barbara's strength and climbing skills, the best option was to set up a customized trip. For the first part of the expedition the logistics were shared with another customized trip led by Marc and Sondra Ripprerger. Instead of Churup Lake (the classic Mountain Madness acclimatization hike) the team went to Ahuak Lake. With more than 180 km of the highest tropical range in the world at our fingertips, there were plenty of good options nearby to stretch our legs, gain some altitude and enjoy the views.

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July 13, 2015

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Alpamayo has been coined the most beautiful mountain in the world. Long-time Mountain Madness climber Jeff D. has had the stunning photo of the West Face of Alpamayo on his phone screensaver for a number of years now. After he saw this magnificent peak on trek through the Santa Cruz Valley, he made it his goal to climb this technical climb that stands just under 6000 meters. 

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