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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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February 8, 2018

The Elusive Obispo

El Altar, a group of nine summits connected by the same base, is one of the most iconic mountains of Ecuador. For local climbers, its ascent represents the entry exam to the “real deal” league. This “little” range presents a spectacular combination of intimidating cliffs, long ice waterfalls, and broken glaciers - all surrounded by remote highlands and hidden lakes. It is no wonder the indigenous and spanish cultures always treated the mountain with a respect reserved for the divine. 

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January 3, 2017

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

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

It was a pretty relaxing day as we all met for the first time over breakfast. There are four clients (myself, Mike, Urszula, and Liliya), three of whom are from Canada!  I am the youngest, but everyone seems to come with good credentials (and good personality!). I think it will be a good team.

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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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April 29, 2014

'Trek & Mountain Magazine' Highlights Mountain Madness in Ecuador

The February 2014 issue of 'Trek & Mountain Magazine' features a wonderful article about mountain climbing in Ecuador with photos from previous Mountain Madness trips as well as top billing in the "Who to go with" section.  British author and mountain guide Alun Richardson takes readers on a trip he led to Ecuador's Avenue of Volcanos at the end of last year.

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