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June 30, 2017

First-hand Account from Madness Client on Mt. Baker

Summer is off to a sunny start here in the Northwest! Multiple trips have been heading out each weekend to explore the mountains and learn new skills. Read on to get a firsthand glimpse into Mountain Madness climber Sarah Lee’s Mt. Baker experience.

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June 12, 2017

Two Weeks on Alaska Peaks

Alex and I climbed in Peru together in 2014. We managed to summit Yannapacha in difficult conditions, and Chopakalki in friendly conditions. On our trek out, Alex asked me my favorite place to climb.  "The Alaska range!" was my answer. I went on to explain the ski plane access, huge alpine features, and short approaches.  Alex was intrigued to say the least. 

Last fall he reached out to ask about climbing in Alaska, and we started planning objectives that would give him the Alaska experience as well as test his rock and ice climbing ability in the alpine. We settled on Ham and Eggs (V, 5.9, WI4) on the Moose's Tooth, and the SW Ridge of Peak 11300 (V, 5.8, WI3). We allotted two weeks for these objectives.  

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June 12, 2017

Ecuador Update 6/12/2017

Madness guide Juliana Garcia writes in with this update on the Ecuador expedition:

After few days of acclimatization in our amazing mountains, we summitted Iliniza Norte, followed by Cayambe.

On Cayambe we had a great weather, a full moon, good snow conditions, and a lot of motivation from our team! After many hours of battling up, we made it to the summit in eight hours.  Laurence and Samuel, congrats on your effort!

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June 8, 2017

Ecuador Update 6/8/2017

MM Guide Juliana Garcia reports from Ecuador that the team summitted Iliniza Norte yesterday.  Today, they visited Otavako market and they're ready to head to the Cayambe hut. She also sent the following images of the summit and market.

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June 6, 2017

A Window into the Alpine Climbing Course

What a whirlwind these last eight days have been! From clear skies and perfect sunsets to high winds and post holing through snow, Jennifer, Alex and Guide Niels Meyer saw it all during their Alpine Climbing Course. It even rained for a brief spell, just to remind them they were in the Cascades. Progressing from rock climbing to alpine rock climbing, and then to glaciated travel on one of the North Cascades' most beautiful peaks, the Alpine Climbing Course provides an introduction to many forms of mountain travel.

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