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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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September 26, 2014

Easy Accessibility for Great Climbing in Peru!

Here's a look back on one of our awesome adventures this summer. Alan Rousseau reported from Peru after a successful expedition to the Cordillera Blanca. 

"I am writing this while on the second story of a bus bound for Lima.  The intimidating glaciated fins of the Cordillera Blanca lay peacefully in the rear view.  I have spent the last two weeks guiding Yanapaccha and Chopikalki.  Climbing in Peru has been a dream of mine for years. However, my calendar from June to September (the climbing season in Peru) has always been dominated by guiding for Mountain Madness in the Cascade Range. 

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September 25, 2014

Pik Lenin: Exploring a country with a window into the past

In the Fall of 2013, Mountain Madness was coming up on it's 30 anniversary.  We wanted to do something symbolic of the company's legacy and tradition.  We wanted to do a unique expedition on a big mountain in a remote location.  A true adventure.

Fast forward nearly a year and there I was emerging from customs, after 2 hours of waiting, in the Osh Airport, Krygyzstan.  It was the middle of night.  It seems all flights in and out of Osh revolve around the air traffic schedules of other more desirable destinations. Any flight going through Osh places you in the airport at a forsaken hour of the night.  

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September 23, 2014

Kilimanjaro Presentations in Seattle

Thank you again to everyone who came out to celebrate our 30th anniversary with us this Saturday and took part in the workshops and presentations. For those of you that had to battle traffic and were unable to join us, MM co-founder Wes Krause is still in town and will be presenting several evenings this week, so don't miss it! His stories of the Madness over the past 30 years, his climbing days with Scott Fischer, and his years living and guiding in Tanzania are something you don't want to miss! Check out the dates and locations below:

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September 17, 2014

Artisans of Kathmandu

Our trip to Mustang begins with a delicious traditional Newari dinner. Newari people are the centuries-old artists of the Kathmandu Valley, and our tour the following day includes an inside look at the old kingdom of Patan and some of its world-famous artisans. The pagoda temples of the palace square pay tribute to the craftsmanship that goes back hundreds of years, and we get to meet today's artists who follow in their father's and grandfather's footsteps. 

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September 5, 2014

Ideal Mont Blanc Summit

 It was an amazing evening on the summit of Mont Blanc! We left the Gouter hut at 3:20 pm and enjoyed a crowd free climb to the top. Summiting at 6:50 pm, we took our time descending, reveling in the incredible evening light cast upon the mountain. A truly amazing day in the mountains and a new friend made. 

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