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July 28, 2015

A Bit of Luck for Elbrus Group 2

MM Guide Mark Pugliese reports on the second of three Elbrus trip of the season that was met with some good luck and a successful summit! 

After a day touring the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, our group boarded the domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody and drove south to the Caucasus mountain range.

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July 1, 2015

Father and Son Shred the Mighty Baker Horn!

Just because winter is over, or didn’t really happen up here in the Pacific Northwest, doesn’t mean that that ski season is over!  Dan and his dad Magnus joined Mountain Madness and AMGA Certified Ski Guide Chris Marshall on a four-day ski mountaineering program on Mt. Baker.  They chose to head off the beaten path and climb and ski Mt. Baker via the Squak Glacier.  The Squak offers over 3500’ of fall line skiing!  The Squak Glacier is best described as an endless “Blue Square” ski run complete with the aesthetic views of large crevasses, the ocean, and towering serac fields.

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July 7, 2014

Success on Ski Descent of Elbrus!

This weekend, the Elbrus team was back in the lowlands of the Baksan valley. Our summit day was absolutely perfect. Cloudless skies and breathless wind made for glorious climbing conditions.

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June 28, 2014

Elbrus Team Reaches Blooming Baksan Valley

Elbrus season has begun in Russia and the climbing season is in full swing. Our group met in Moscow to take in some of the sights and culture of this foreign land before heading to the mountain. The team is an unlikely match, with members joining from Hong Kong, Florida and Alaska.  Though the places we call home stretch all around the world, we have a strong team and we are looking forward to heading up to the Barrels camp today.  Everybody is ready to stride out their climbing legs on the mountain and the skiers are ready to rip some turns down the highest mountain in Europe.

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March 26, 2014

AIARE Level 2: Snow Geeks Anonymous

It’s a common question, “So what’s the next step in avalanche education?” Well, for some it’s continuing to refresh and sharpen the skills taught in a Level 1. For others it’s stepping out and taking an AIARE Level 2 course. AIARE’s Level 2 is titled “Evaluating Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard” and we lovingly call it “Snow Geeks Anonymous.” Why? Well, a Level 1 focuses on how we make decisions and identify avalanche terrain. So, a Level 2 really delves into the snowpack and how avalanches happen. [+] READ MORE