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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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April 29, 2010

Spring skiing coming up in the Cascades and Alaska! Lots of turns to be had now through July.

Since April brought some late-season snowstorms, we've been enjoying the last of the winter fun - next up, spring corn! Pictured here are some stellar conditions MM guide Tino and guest Christophe had while skiing on Mt. Rainier. We've enjoyed a great season on Rainier, with avalanche courses, ski tours, Denali prep courses, and our new crevasse rescue seminars.  

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April 29, 2010

Everest Base Camp Trek: Living At Base Camp

Lying in a tent in Everest Base Camp, you can hear the ever-moving glacier beneath you crack and pop. Minor avalanches fall with a rumble and a rush on the surrounding mountains, their plumes of snow invisible in the darkness. These are the sounds of night at the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. By early morning, the mountains have a blue-black glow. [+] READ MORE

April 28, 2010

Everest Trek Reaches Base Camp!

Every thing is going smoothly. Dingboche (14, 300 ft.) is one of the beautiful Himalayan villages and highest permanent civilization in Mt. Everest region. Trails are busy due to trekkers and many climbers heading up to Everest Base Camp. We stay one extra day in Dingboche for acclimatization and hike up the valley towards Island Peak. 

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April 27, 2010

Everest Base Camp Dispatch: First Views of Everest!

We do not have rest days on the Everest Base Camp Trek; we have acclimatization days. This means we still hike...uphill. Fortunately, we get stunning views from the half-day ventures. Leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail rises steeply--over 1000ft in 1-2 hours--and then levels off as we reach the Everest View Hotel. Aptly named, we have our first sweeping views of the valley we are ascending. Our climbing guide, Pemba Gyalje Sherpa shows us Everest and more...

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April 23, 2010

Everest Base Camp Dispatch: Meet the Team!

Here's the latest from Deana Zabaldo, who is leading our second Everest Base Camp Trek of the season. Deana is joined by Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, who will be taking four members of our team up to Camp 2 on Mount Everest for our Khumbu Icefall Extension. We welcome you to follow Deana, who will be leading our fall Bhutan trip as well, and enjoy her reports from high in the Himalayas!

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