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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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March 18, 2013

Spectacular Conditions in El Cocuy Range - Colombia

What a great first season in Colombia! As we look ahead towards the next Ecuador and Bolivia Season, our thoughts go back to the beginning of the year and our second Colombia expedition of our first season in the country! So many successful summits in the beautiful El Cocuy mountain range.


March 15, 2013

Amazon Dispatch from Mark Gunlogson

In 1956 the Amazon forest, people known as the Huaorani caught the attention of the world. The story of five missionaries being killed by the Huaorani created a media sensation across the globe that ushered in what became a long-standing perception of these people being nothing less than undignified savages. Fast forward to 2013 and you find a people and their once bountiful homeland of primeval tropical rainforest surrounded by the modern world. While perceptions may have improved; logging, oil exploration, missionaries, and tourism have now all made their way into what was once considered inpenetrable forest. [+] READ MORE

March 14, 2013

Into Thin Air - Still Inspiring Young Students

Over 15 years later, we're proud and honored to see that Scott Fischer's legacy still inspires young people all over the world. We were especially happy to receive a note from a teacher in New York who has been teaching Into Thin Air to her English students. It sounds like the students have been totally captured by the adventure and tragedy of the book and have taken away some valuable lessons for everyday life. Thank you to the students of Ellenville High School in New York for sharing your stories and essays with us, and thank you to teacher Kristy Wilson for sharing her story:


March 13, 2013

75-year-old Trekker Barbara Gessaman Makes a Difference with MM

Here is a great story from one of our wonderful trekkers, Barbara Gessaman. She has been on several trips with Mountain Madness, including reaching Everest Base Camp at the age of 75! We are very happy to hear her story of how her adventures with us have changed her life and how she is making a difference in the communities of the people that she visits on our trip. 


March 11, 2013

Coworkers Team Building in Avalanche Course!

Seems like I keep hearing people mention the word “Spring” around town in Seattle. However, for those who love to spend time in the mountains this time of year, we know that winter is still very much control. Mountain Madness Ski Guide and Avalanche Instructor Dallas Glass spent three days with five employees from Seattle area based Yukon Trading Company exploring snow, weather, and avalanche education. It was a great opportunity for these coworkers to enjoy the backcountry and exercise good team building!