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December 18, 2017

Cotopaxi success

Cotopaxi success! Second trip of the season and we're all so happy the mountain is open for climbers. Our second team reported good conditions and that the mountain is overall in great shape for climbing. After an acclimatization ascent on Illiniza Norte the team made good work of the Coto climb. Congrats to all of them!

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December 8, 2017

Cotopaxi - Back in Business!

Just over 2 years ago, Cotopaxi started an eruption phase that lasted almost 6 months. Since the first eruption, the summit and upper mountain have been closed to climbing. The Ecuadorian government reopened the peak to climbing October 6. Mountain Madness has resumed summit climbs and treks around Cotopaxi and, in fact, are operating our 2nd Cotopaxi expedition since it re-opened.

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June 5, 2017

Experiencing Quito

Madness guide Juliana Garcia reports that she and climbers Lauren & Samuel are enjoying Quito and the surrounding areas while acclimatizing for climbs of Cayambe and Chimborazo. They've witnessed the famous Últimas Noticias 15km race, eaten lunch at the La casa de Rafa Cave - in darkness! - and hiked Ilalo Hill. Great weather, great hikes, and great food; what's not to like? 

 

 

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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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