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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

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! 


May 30, 2017

3 Instructors + 12 New Guides = 5 Days of Madness!

Mountain Madness would like to welcome to the family twelve new guides who just completed the 2017 New Guide Training: Kerr Adams, Alana Chapko, Everett Coba, Mallorie Estenson, Robert Fitzgerald, Marina Fitzpatrick, Dodge Garfield, Tyler Haasch, Arthur Herlitzka, Nick Naason, Jacob Oram, and Matt Rogers. These guides spent two days mastering multi-pitch rock skills in Leavenworth and three days in the alpine of Washington Pass in the North Cascades. MM guide Marina Fitzpatrick shares with us her experience:


December 28, 2015

Sukra Mohra Wins Mark's $100 Climbing Challenge!

Mountain Madness President Mark Gunlogson took a handful of our regular Nepal trekking staff out for their first rock climbing experience. Though it may be hard to believe, none of our porters, assistants, or kitchen staff had ever worn a climbing harness or had the chance to climb on a rope before. Only summit expedition member Temba was an experienced climber--and today he would be the belayer.


August 31, 2015

The Alps deliver, despite some challenging conditions

For the last two weeks of August, Monica G. and Jody R. joined Mountain Madness on climbs in France and Switzerland. Mont Blanc was one of the options but we switched to other goals due to rock fall hazards on the Gouter Couloir.