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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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August 23, 2017

Making it Happen in Russia

“It’s not about the altitude...”
 
People come to climb Mount Elbrus for a wide variety of reasons. For some, it is one peak on the path to climbing the Seven Summits. Elbrus is not a technically difficult mountain, but it sees an inordinate amount of accidents, largely due to inexperience combined with quick access to altitude. This phenomenon describes the other type of climber drawn to this peak--it’s an accessible and lower-commitment first foray into high altitude climbing, making it a great place to experiment, if you hire a guide. And the last type of climber drawn to this peak is the athlete and adventurer looking to expand his or her technical skills and see what a big mountain is all about.
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August 15, 2017

Chopikalki and Ishinka Expedition Off to a Great Start

MM Guide Juliana Garcia writes in to report that all six clients have arrived in Peru for the Chopakalki and Ishinka expedition.

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August 14, 2017

"Wonderful, fabulous" Inca Trail Deluxe Trek

MM Trekker Barbara Gessaman shares her latest trekking experience - our Inca Trail Deluxe.

The Inca Trail Deluxe trip was fabulous, as are all of the treks I have taken with Mountain Madness (six in all). This trip was my grandsons' first trip at altitude, and they did well - the trekking bug has bitten. Our guide, Julio, was wonderful. He knew and relayed to us so much about the history of the Incas and Machu Picchu.

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August 8, 2017

Highlights of The Italian Dolomites

Since the beginning, Mountain Madness has strived to provide personalized care for our guests.  As a result, we provide a lot of customized trips to destinations that no other company serves. For me, this is great, since I can offer our services on my favorite mountains, without compromising my motivation to go out there. After 20 years of climbing in many different mountain ranges around the world, and given my culinary background, I must say that one of my most joyful destinations is the Dolomites. When I was given the opportunity to put together a climbing trip to Europe, I had no doubts that this World Heritage site would make everybody happy!

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August 8, 2017

Mont Blanc and Matterhorn in Seven Days

Madness guide Alan Rousseau brings us on his clients' conquest of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn in just seven days.

This winter was a stark contrast from the massive snowfalls that defined the 2015-2016 winter for the Alps. Last summer before my first Mont Blanc & Matterhorn trip of the season, I was hoping for warm and dry weather. This year, I was hoping for cold wet weather! When I arrived in Chamonix a couple weeks ago, there was an intense heat wave, and few people were venturing up the normal route on Mont Blanc due to rockfall. Large rockfall events were being reported on the Matterhorn as well. 

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