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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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October 30, 2009

Mexico Dispatch: Iztaccihuatl and Orizaba

Guide: Mark Ryman

Expedition Members: Andrea Hilderbrand, Eric Pace, Robert Rudisill, Giuseppe Ruffino, and Richard Ward.

We’re pleased to report that the Mountain Madness team in Mexico has successfully summitted Iztaccihuatl! When we heard from Mark this morning, the group had just finished taking summit photos at 17,154 feet and was preparing to descend.

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October 26, 2009

Everest Base Camp Trek - Dispatch #3

These days are not easy, but they are powerful. Over 14,000 ft, our bodies struggle to breathe, struggle to recuperate from any minor infraction (respiratory trouble, stomach ailments). Nonetheless we climb...and we reap the rewards. [+] READ MORE

October 22, 2009

Kilimanjaro Porters

Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging enough, but imagine you are a porter on the mountain for a moment. This is a compelling video to watch for anybody considering climbing the mountain. The IMEC has done a great job in their efforts to ensure porters are treated fairly for the job they do. [+] READ MORE

October 20, 2009

Everest Base Camp Trek - Dispatch #2

From rhododendron forest to high alpine valleys, our days take us through local villages, past Buddhists deities painted on cliffs, past yak caravans loaded with supplies, and around large piles of stones carved with prayers. We arrived in Tengboche just in time to visit the monastery for the afternoon ceremony – monks chanting Tibetan scriptures and drinking steaming bowls of tea. Afterwards, we stayed to have some prayer flags blessed and ended up talking with the monks. [+] READ MORE

October 17, 2009

Everest Base Camp Trek Underway

Mountain Madness Everest Base Camp Trek is well on its way! After climbing to the top of the Monkey Temple for views of the city, watching the funeral rituals at Pashupatinath, sitting beneath the eyes of the Buddha at peaceful Bouddhanath Stupa, and meandering through monasteries, we packed up and headed for the mountains! [+] READ MORE