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Wanderlust Magazine selects Mountain Madness Guide Deana Zabaldo as their "Guide of the Year" 

Prestigious international travel award goes to guide from Seattle-based Mountain Madness

SEATTLE, Wash., October 9, 2013 - At a prestigious event in London's Royal Geographical Society, travelers, tour operators and the world's best guides gathered last night to watch Deana Zabaldo, Nepal guide for Mountain Madness, win the esteemed Gold Medal. 

Wanderlust editor-in-chief and co-founder Lyn Hughes said: "We had a record-breaking number of nominations and, after sifting through a mountain of worthy nominees, we have whittled them down to one incredible winner and two exceptional runners-up." 

"I believe Deana has really embraced the culture, language and - most importantly - the people of Nepal. Her charity work for the local community was a deciding factor for me," said Peter Antoniou, while Mark Carwardine added, "A gifted communicator, caring and sympathetic, who succeeds in making clients of all abilities feel good about a difficult journey - she's clearly remarkable." 

Join Deana in 2014 for treks to Everest Base Camp, Mustang, Bhutan, Annapurna and Patagonia.

About Mountain Madness 

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides high quality guided expeditions to the world's highest peaks and treks and climbs on seven continents. In addition, the company offers mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing courses. Every trip provides the best food, highly qualified guides (expert in their specific destination), and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and self-discovery. 

For more information visit www.mountainmadness.com.

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Contact: 
Mark Gunlogson
President/Owner
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925 
markg@mountainmadness.com

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Free Avalanche Awareness Talks

 

SEATTLE, December 4, 2012 - Mountain Madness, Inc. today announced the company will offer free avalanche awareness clinics in association with the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC). Talks will provide public education about avalanches and avalanche safety. 

The presentations are appropriate for winter recreationists of all levels – snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders and snowmachiners alike – and will provide an open forum and an opportunity to explore additional course options for further education.  Mountain Madness is a course provider of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) whose mission is to: “Save lives through avalanche education.”

DATES & LOCATION: 

December 5, January 3, January 30, & February 20; 8 pm at Second Ascent – 5209 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
December 10; 7 pm at REI – 222 Yale Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
December 13; 6:30 pm at EVO – 3500 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

About Mountain Madness

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks on Seven Continents; as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing in the Cascade and ranges worldwide. For more information visit www.mountainmadness.com

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Contact:
Jaime Pollitte, North America Program Director, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
nw@mountainmadness.com

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Ascending easy glaciated peaks in the Colombian Andes, trekking, and cultural immersion offered with new South American adventure

Seattle-based adventure travel company launches new cutting edge trip in Colombia

SEATTLE, Wash., August 11, 2012 – As compelling as Colombia may be for tourists, it is only recently that one of the world’s most coveted destinations for cultural and adventure travel has been deemed safe to visit. Now, leading the way, Mountain Madness is offering travelers a chance to explore seldom-seen El Cocuy National Park, with a unique, 12-day adventure that will thrill both beginning and experienced climbers and trekkers starting this November.

After a cultural tour of Bogota, climbers will depart for the tranquil, colonial village of El Cocuy, located in the northeastern portion of the Colombian Andes. From there, it’s on to Laguna Grande de la Sierra, famed for its azure waters, surrounding glaciers, and ample opportunities to climb  the 17,000-foot-plus peaks of Concavito, Concavo, Toti, and Pan de Azucar, all suitable for beginner climbers with no experience.

Reaching the summit of Ritacuba Blanco, the highest in the range at 17,749-ft., is the penultimate ending to the trip, offering staggering views of Venezuela and the Amazon Basin. A two-day extension to climb the world-class rock faces of Suesca is available.

About Mountain Madness

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides high quality guided expeditions to the world’s highest peaks and treks and climbs on seven continents. In addition, the company offers mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing courses. Every trip provides the best food, highly qualified guides (expert in their specific destination), and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and self-discovery.

For more information visit www.mountainmadness.com.                                                         

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Contact:
Mark Gunlogson, President/Owner
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
mark@mountainmadness.com 

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Mountain Madness Awarded "Best Himalaya Trip" as part of Outside's Inaugural Active Travel Awards

SEATTLE, March 13, 2012 - Mountain Madness has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its first-ever Active Travel Awards.  The Mountain Madness Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal was honored as the Best Himalaya Trip. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 13, 2012 and online at Outside Online.

“Found in the ‘Hidden Valley of Happiness,’ this trek offers participants the chance to immerse themselves in culture centuries old, enjoy the insight of a local Buddhist lama that travels with the group, and take in the grandeur of the Himalayas in a region relatively unexplored by trekkers,” explains Mountain Madness President Mark Gunlogson. “We are very excited about this award, which allows Outside’s readers to find truly off-the-beaten path adventures, such as this trek.” 

"Outside magazine has long been one of the world's most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers," says Outside editor Christopher Keyes. "This year we've bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first Outside Travel Awards, an annual edit franchise that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.” 

In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, Outside will launch the “What Trip Are You?” Facebook promotion, which will allow members of the Outside community to take an adventure travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from five categories. The categories include: Enlightened Explorer, Powder Hound, River Runner, World Traveler, and Adrenaline Junkie. Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside’s travel partners.

About Outside

Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us on www.outsideonline.com and http://www.facebook.com/outsidemagazine

 

About Mountain Madness

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides high quality guided expeditions to the world’s highest peaks and treks and climbs on seven continents. In addition, the company offers mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing courses. Every trip provides the best food, highly qualified guides (expert in their specific destination), and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and self-discovery.

For more information visit www.mountainmadness.com

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Contact:
Mark Gunlogson, President/Owner
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
markg@mountainmadness.com

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Free Avalanche Awareness Talks

SEATTLE, November 17, 2011 - Mountain Madness, Inc. today announced the company will offer avalanche awareness clinics in association with the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (FOAC). The FOAC are a coalition of individuals and groups working to support the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) and to provide public education about avalanches and avalanche safety.  Mountain Madness is a course provider of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) whose mission is to: “Save lives through avalanche education.”

DATES & LOCATION:
 
November 29, 7-8:30, REI, Seattle
December 6, 6:30-8, Second Ascent, Seattle
December 15, 6-8, Evo, Seattle
January 9, 6:30-8, Second Ascent, Seattle
January 10, 7-8:30, REI, Seattle
January 12, 6-8, Evo, Seattle
February 15, 7-8:30, REI, Tukwila
 

These talks are appropriate for winter recreationists of all levels – snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders and snowmachiners – and will provide an open forum and an opportunity to explore additional course options for further education. 
 

About Mountain Madness:
Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks on Seven Continents; as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing in the Cascade and ranges worldwide. For more information visit www.mountainmadness.com
 

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Contact: Jeremy Allyn, North America Program Director, Mountain Madness
               206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925 or nw@mountainmadness.com

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Walk the Serengeti plains of Tanzania with Mountain Madness

Seattle-based adventure company debuts multi-day trekking safari that gives up-close cultural and wildlife experience without the crowds

SEATTLE, Wash., August 1, 2011 – If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, but still enjoy the luxury of cocktails at sunset, multi-course meals, and a fully set-up camp at the end of the day, Mountain Madness’s new Serengeti Walking Safari combines the best of both worlds. 

You’ll walk across a newly-opened wilderness area within Serengeti National Park known for its excellent wildlife viewing. Mountain Madness is one of the few companies with access to this vehicle-free region due to its commitment to environmentally mindful practices and cultural awareness.

Unlike the confinement of standard vehicle safaris, you’ll be on-foot and able to explore up-close the flora and fauna of the savanna and acacia woodland, and hike up the massive rock outcrops known as “kopjes.” When you arrive at a new camp each evening, it’s time to relax with a sundowner before enjoying South African beer and wine with some fine dining Mountain Madness-style. Your accommodations are six-foot-tall, solar-powered dome tents with high-quality cots and duvets; showers and toilets are in specially-designed separate tents.

About Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti plays host to what has been deemed by USA Today one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World: The Great Migration. Each fall, over two million herbivores travel from the northern hills in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya. The walking area for the Mountain Madness safari has large herds of wildebeest and zebra migrating from early September to early December, and between June and August on their return route (trips run in August, September, and February).

All walking safaris can be combined with Mountain Madness’s other Africa trips, to create the ultimate active adventure holiday. Sample itineraries include a world renowned Kilimanjaro climb, Mount Meru Trek, or Zanzibar Beach Lodge getaway.

About Mountain Madness

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides high quality guided expeditions to the world’s highest peaks and treks and climbs on seven continents. In addition, the company offers mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing courses. Every trip provides the best food, highly qualified guides (expert in their specific destination), and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and self-discovery.

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Human-powered global circumnavigator Erden Eruç departs for Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tanzanian secondary school

Around-n-Over founder joins forces with Seattle-based adventure company Mountain Madness for fundraising climb

SEATTLE, Wash., March 10, 2011 – This week, Seattle-based adventurer Erden Eruç launches the next phase in his quest to circumnavigate the world under human power, as part of his charitable organization, Around-n-Over (AnO). The mission of the 501(c)(3) non-profit is to assist poor communities by providing basic educational aid, resources, and facilities as a means of guiding them into self-sufficiency. These endeavors are accomplished with existing organizations on a case-by-case basis.

As a means of raising funds, Eruç created the Six Summits Project: Over a series of trips, he would climb the highest summits on six continents, after approaching each by bicycle and on foot, and row across three oceans. His goal in raising awareness about his journey is to instill in young people the values of selflessness, sacrifice, and perseverance in the tradition of historical adventurers and expeditions. In November, 2010, Eruç became the first person in history to have crossed three oceans (Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific) via rowing, and he is also the most experienced ocean rower alive. For more information, visit: www.around-n-over.org.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Fundraiser Climb with Mountain Madness

The next leg of AnO’s Six Summits Expedition takes Eruç to Tanzania, and the continent’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness for the Mateves Secondary School in Arusha. For this journey, AnO has collaborated with Mountain Madness (MM), who will provide guides and support for the climb. The goal is for AnO and participants to raise $500.00 per person, to put toward the building of new classrooms and educational support. Mountain Madness will also donate a portion of the fees that they receive from AnO toward the school. For more information on the Mateves school, go to: http://www.around-n-over.org/projects.htm.     

About Mountain Madness

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides high-quality guided expeditions to the world’s highest peaks, and treks and climbs on seven continents. In addition, the company offers mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing courses. Every trip provides highly qualified guides (expert in their specific destination), excellent food, and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and self-discovery. 

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PRESS RELEASE

Helly Hansen Forges Three-Year Partnership with Mountain Madness

OSLO, Norway (February 10, 2011) – Helly Hansen, based in Oslo, Norway, today announced a three-year partnership agreement with world-renowned guiding company Mountain Madness to outfit the operation’s guides with technical apparel from head to toe beginning this season and extending through 2013. 

Founded in Seattle in 1984 by famed mountaineer Scott Fischer, Mountain Madness is one of the world’s most respected guide services with expeditions to the Seven Summits and other mountain adventures.

“Helly Hansen has more years of experience outfitting mountain professionals than anyone,” said Mark Gunlogson, Mountain Madness president “We are excited to keep our partnership thriving with Helly Hansen, which goes back to the days of Fisher. Our guides continue to spend an abundance of their lives in completely inhospitable places so apparel that protects and enables them to do their jobs is mandatory. We have already been testing the designs for months and are completely confident about going into the field with the gear.”

Helly Hansen created the first supple waterproof fabrics in 1877 and has been outfitting outdoor professionals ever since. The Mountain Madness uniforms are drawn from Helly’s professional-grade Odin Series of jackets, pants, insulators and base layers designed for long-term wear around rock, ice, snow and rain.

“Mountain Madness guides are the rock stars of the industry,” said Erik Burbank, Helly Hansen’s Chief Marketing Officer. “These guys are the real deal and play the dual roles  of brand ambassadors and a resource for the design and testing of Helly products moving forward. There isn’t a more challenging proving ground for our gear than the environments that Mountain Madness guides experience on a regular basis.” 

About Helly Hansen

Founded in Moss, Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to outfit professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world.  Their apparel, developed through a blend of Scandinavian design and insights drawn from living among some of the harshest environments on earth, helps provide the confidence professionals need to step out into the elements and complete their jobs. The company invented the first supple waterproof fabrics more than 130 years ago, created the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s and introduced the first technical base layers made with LIFA® Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s. Today, Helly Hansen is the uniform choice of more than 35,000 ski resort and mountain guiding professionals. The brand’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear for winter, outdoor and water sports are sold in more than 40 countries. To learn more about Helly’s latest collections, visit www.hellyhansen.com.

About Mountain Madness

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides high quality guided expeditions to the world’s highest peaks and treks and climbs on seven continents. In addition, the company offers mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing courses. Every trip provides the best food, highly qualified guides (expert in their specific destination), and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and self-discovery.

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Journey through Tanzania with Wes Krause and Mountain Madness

SEATTLE, October 19, 2010 – Wes Krause, co-founder of Mountain Madness, Inc., will be speaking early this November about his three decades spent in Tanzania organizing the Mountain Madness Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs.

Wes will also introduce the new walking safaris through Serengeti National Park and the exclusive role Mountain Madness will play in offering this new adventure. Learn about the new multiple-option game viewing safari packages after Kilimanjaro climbs and how you can extend your vacation to the luxury “spice island” of Zanzibar.

Wednesday, November 10th – Wide World Books & Maps: 7:00 PM
4411 Wallingford Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 634-3453

 Friday, November 12th – Helly Hansen: 7:00 PM
766 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1E4
(604) 609-3932

Wes Krause’s love of outdoors, climbing and adventure began with rock and ice climbing in the Western United States. Along with Scott Fischer, Wes co-founded Mountain Madness and went on to pioneer the Shira Plateau route up Kilimanjaro, the route now led by Mountain Madness. Wes’ commitment to climbing for 30 years in Tanzania has insured Mountain Madness the best summit success rate on Kilimanjaro. Join Wes to hear about his adventures and how you can embark on your own in Tanzania.

About Mountain Madness:

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide travel service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania; as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing.

Contact: Mark Ryman
Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
info@mountainmadness.com

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 PRESS RELEASE

Avalanche Awareness on Mt. Rainier with Mountain Madness

SEATTLE, October 18, 2010 - Mountain Madness, Inc. today announced the company will offer FREE avalanche awareness clinics supported by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

Additionally, the company is offering three avalanche courses to be held in Mt. Rainier National Park in 2011 – two Level 1s and one Level 2. Mountain Madness holds the only active Winter Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) in Mt. Rainier National Park which enables them to teach avalanche education, ski touring and winter mountaineering to the general public in one of the states most important National Parks.

AWARENESS TALK DATES: Thursday, November 18, 20107:30-9:00 pm
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:30-9:00 pm

LOCATION: Feathered Friends
119 Yale Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
(206) 292-2210

MT. RAINIER COURSES DATES: Level 1: February 18-20, 20011
March 4-6, 2011
Level 2: February 4-7, 2011

With talk of a strong La Niña this coming winter, it is more important than ever to be prepared for a cold winter with heavy snowfall. The objective of these talks and courses is to raise public awareness of the risks associated with outdoor adventures in the winter backcountry of Washington State.

Mountain Madness is an AIARE course provider – the vast majority of avalanche course students throughout the U.S. attend AIARE courses. AIARE’s stated mission is to: “Save lives through education.”

About Mountain Madness: Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide travel service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania; as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing.

Contact: Jeremy Allyn
North America Program Director, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
nw@mountainmadness.com

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 PRESS RELEASE

Seventeen-year-old Johnny Collinson youngest person to climb Seven Summits

High school senior summits Antarctica’s Vinson Massif (16,067 ft.) with Seattle-based adventure company Mountain Madness.

SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 18, 2010 – Johnny Collinson summitted Everest in June 2009, but yesterday he achieved his ultimate goal. Collinson and three other clients reached the top of Antarctica’s Vinson Massif, officially making Collinson the youngest person to successfully climb the Seven Summits (including Carstenz).  Mountain Madness organized the team, which includes Suzanne Al Houby, who hopes to be the first Palestinian Arab woman to complete the Seven Summits, and nine-time Everest guide Willie Benegas. The company operates highly acclaimed climbing schools, expeditions, trekking, and ski adventures around the world.

Born in Snowbird, Utah, Collinson began his mountaineering career with a summit of Mt. Rainier at age four.  His quest for the Seven Summits began in January 2009 with a summit of Argentina’s Aconcagua, followed by Everest, Denali, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, and Carstenz.

From their high camp, the team had an eleven-hour round trip push to the summit of Vinson. They encountered sub-zero temperatures, icy slopes, and high winds, but Collinson was undeterred from skiing the descent.

Of his astonishing feat, Collinson writes on his blog: “…climbing to the top of the 7 Summits seems like it would be the greatest physical feat I could accomplish. Like anyone my age, it’s easy to become lost in the world of electronic distractions.  I want to live life instead of watching it on TV.”

Contact: Mark Gunlogson
President and Owner, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
markg@mountainmadness.com

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PRESS RELEASE

Mountain Madness to provide Avalanche Awareness Talks 

SEATTLE, October 15, 2009 - Mountain Madness, Inc. today announced the company will offer two avalanche awareness clinics supported by Backcountry Access (BCA) and The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

DATES: December 16th, 2009, 7-9 pm

LOCATION: Feathered Friends
119 Yale Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
206-292-2210

Guides from Mountain Madness and Steve Christie of BCA will be giving an “expanded” avalanche awareness talk. Key points of discussion will center on information gathering - how to access local avalanche bulletins, weather forecasts and travel conditions - and discuss how to observe “obvious clues” that indicate avalanche hazard. Modern companion rescue techniques will also be discussed.

These talks are appropriate for recreationists of all levels – snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders and snowmachiners – and will provide an opportunity for open exchange. Mountain Madness is an AIARE course provider – a vast majority of students throughout the U.S. attend AIARE courses. AIARE’s stated mission is to: “save lives through education.”

Suggested Donation of $5: Proceeds go to the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (FOAC).

About Mountain Madness:

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide travel service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania; as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing.

Contact: Jeremy Allyn
North America Program Director, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
nw@mountainmadness.com

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PRESS RELEASE

An Evening in Africa

Join Mountain Madness co-founder Wes Krause on Kilimanjaro and in the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater. 

Wes began his love of the outdoors in the rock & ice climbing community of the Western United States in the 70’s. He then graduated on to high altitude climbing in Alaska and the Himalayas.  He was co-leader with Scott Fischer for the 1987 American Everest North Face Expedition. Wes eventually moved to East Africa where he worked for several years as the Director of the NOLS in Kenya.  During this time he and Scott Fischer made the second successful climb of the Breach Icicle on Kilimanjaro.  Along with Scott, he pioneered the Shira Plateau route up Kilimanjaro, the route led by Mountain Madness, and has also developed new walking safaris. Join Wes as he reminisces about past adventures and exciting new ones waiting for you! 

Oct. 12th - Mountain Hardware: 7:00 PM
(206) 441-2639  
250 Pine St 
 Seattle, WA 

Oct. 13th - Wide World Books & Maps: 7:00 PM
(206)634-3453
4411 Wallingford Ave N 
Seattle, WA

Oct. 14th - Feathered Friends: 7:00 PM
(206) 292-2210
119 Yale Avenue N
Seattle, WA 

Oct. 15th - The North Face 8:00 PM
(503) 727-0200
1202 NW Dawson St.
Portland, OR

Contact: Mark Gunlogson
President and Owner, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
markg@mountainmadness.com

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 PRESS RELEASE

Mountain Madness to provide free Avalanche Awareness Talk

SEATTLE, February 16, 2009 - Mountain Madness Inc. today announced the company will offer an avalanche awareness clinic supported by The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

DATE: Friday February 20th, 7:30-8:30 pm

LOCATION: Feathered Friends
119 Yale Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 292-2210

Due to very cold temperatures and heavy snowfall this winter, the time period from mid-December to early January saw 23 avalanche fatalities in North America. With fatalities this past weekend, the number of avalanche related deaths is now close to thirty. The objective of this talk is to raise public awareness of the risks associated with recreating in the winter backcountry of Washington State. Key points of discussion will center on information gathering - how to access local avalanche bulletins, weather forecasts and travel conditions; and discuss how to observe “obvious clues” that indicate avalanche hazard.

This free talk is appropriate for recreationists of all levels – snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders and snowmachiners – and will provide an opportunity for open exchange. Mountain Madness is an AIARE course provider – a vast majority of students throughout the U.S. attend AIARE courses. AIARE’s stated mission is to: “save lives through education.” 

About Mountain Madness:

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide travel service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania, as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing.

Contact: Jeremy Allyn
North America Program Director, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
nw@mountainmadness.com

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MEDIA STATEMENT

Issued May 3rd, 2008

American Climber deported from Nepal not member of Mountain Madness Team

On April 28th William Brant Holland was deported from Nepal after it was revealed he was in possession of a "Free Tibet" flag that he planned to unfurl on the summit of Mount Everest. Possession of this flag was in direct violation of restrictions imposed on climbing expeditions this season. Holland was not a member of our climbing team.

Mountain Madness does not agree with his action, nor did we suport it in anyway whatesoever as it had the potential to halt upward progress and close the mountain to all expeditions, it endangered the livelihood of many Nepali people that rely on employment offered by climbing expeditions, and it was in violation of well-known restrictions placed on all expeditions and documented in climbing permits issued by the Nepali government.

Mountain Madness will continue to adhere to the restrictions placed on expeditions this season.

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PRESS RELEASE

Mountain Madness Completes New Ownership

Donates $10,000 to Room To Read as a Tribute to Christine Boskoff

SEATTLE, Feb. 6, 2008 – Mountain Madness Inc. today announced new ownership of the adventure guide company following the untimely death of its previous owner Christine Boskoff in 2006. As a final tribute to Boskoff, the company is also donating $10,000 to Room to Read, a non-profit organization devoted to improving children’s literacy in developing countries where Boskoff was a board member.

Mark Gunlogson, the company’s current president is the new majority owner, and minority owners include Mountain Madness board member David C. Jones. Gunlogson has been with Mountain Madness since 1993 and guided expeditions across the globe before he began managing the company’s business operations in 2000. 

“Emotionally it was a difficult year with the loss of Chris and the long awaited closure to her search and recovery effort,” said Gunlogson. “We now look forward to continuing the vision that both Scott Fischer and Chris had for the company – to become the world’s leading mountain guide company and to share the excitement and beauty of the mountains with others. The company continues to grow and remain on the cutting edge of the guiding industry.” Fischer, a world-class high-altitude mountain climber who was highlighted in the best seller “Into Thin Air”, was the founder of the company.

Mountain Madness will donate $10,000 on behalf of Boskoff to Room to Read, which is currently constructing a school in Nepal in her honor. The donation will be used for the Room to Grow scholarship program for girls. Boskoff was a former board member of the non-profit organization that helps establish schools, libraries and other educational infrastructures in developing countries. 

“Chris personified our mission to help provide children in developing countries around the world with access to a good education,” said John Wood founder and chief executive officer of Room to Read. “Chris was full of passion and love of the people and cultures she encountered on her many climbing expeditions, especially in Nepal. She also believed that education was one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty. Through her contributions and that of Mountain Madness her spirit will continue to live on.”

Boskoff and her climbing partner Charlie Fowler, both accomplished high-altitude mountain climbers, perished in an avalanche in November 2006 while climbing in the Sichuan Province of China. Fowler’s body was recovered a month later; Boskoff was recovered in September 2007 by a team of Chinese and Tibetan climbers, along with Gunlogson.

"Mountain Madness is moving forward under the capable leadership of Mark Gunlogson and the Mountain Madness team," said David C. Jones, chair of Mountain Madness board of directors. "The company remains committed to the mountain spirit that was exemplified by both Chris Boskoff and Scott Fisher by providing all of our clients the highest quality mountain experience possible. We are pleased to report that 2007 was another banner year, and we are excited about the future."

About Mountain Madness:

Founded in 1984, Mountain Madness is a mountain adventure guide travel service and mountaineering school based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides guided expeditions and treks in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania, as well as courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, avalanche safety, and skiing. For more information and media kit, visit www.mountainmadness.com

Contact:
Mark Gunlogson
President and Owner, Mountain Madness
206-937-8389 or 800-328-5925
markg@mountainmadness.com

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FACT SHEET

Company: Mountain Madness

President: Mark Gunlogson

Phone: 800-328-5925 or 206-937-8389

Fax: 206-937-1772

Web: www.mountainmadness.com

Emailinfo@mountainmadness.com

Media Relations: Mark Gunlogson
800-328-5925 or 206-937-8389
markg@mountainmadness.com

Mission: Mountain Madness strives to provide the highest quality experience for beginner and advanced mountaineers and trekkers alike. Every trip we offer provides the best food available, highly qualified guides who are expert in their specific destination, and the opportunity for cultural exchange, wilderness skills development, and selfdiscovery.

Founded: 1984 by Scott Fischer: A renowned high-altitude climber who successfully summitted both K2 and Mt. Everest without oxygen, and was the first American to summit Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. Scott's untimely death on Mt. Everest was the subject of the books “Into Thin Air” and “The Climb.”

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