Football fan or not, you have to admire Doug P.’s dedication to the Seattle Seahawks! He carried the ball pictured above to the top of the world on a previous MM Everest climb – go Hawks!

Superbowl aside, now that you’ve settled into the New Year, we hope that you have found time to plan some adventures for 2014! In addition to the tried-and-true Madness classics you might consider, we’ll be putting the final touches on the new trips you may have already seen mentioned in previous newsletters – watch for the dates and prices in the upcoming weeks for, notably, 7,000-meter Pik Lenin, a walk-up a 20,000-foot+ peak in India, and a whirlwind Himalaya helicopter-access trip in Nepal.

In the meantime, in spite of a low snowpack, there is still some great learning opportunities with our avalanche safety program now and there’s been some great spring-like skiing conditions up high on Mount Rainier- read recent blog.

Upcoming international trips:

•    March-May: Everest Base Camp Treks

•    All year: Kilimanjaro and safari

•    February-March: Mexico Volcanoes, Orizaba Express, Ecuador School and Volcano Climbs, and Cotopaxi Express

•    Aconcagua Special- $300 off Feb. 23 trip!

Domestic winter trips:

Ski trips and avalanche education courses

We look forward to hearing from you.

NW Discount for Madness Alumni

Gorgeous scenery on the Ptarmigan Traverse. MM Collection

Mountain Madness’ mountaineering courses and climbs take place in the North Cascades and Olympic National Parks, the Alpine Lakes, Glacier Peak, and Mount Baker Wilderness areas. Visitors will find ancient forests, cascading waterfalls, hundreds of glaciers, pristine alpine lakes and meadows, and wildlife that include wolves, bears, marmots, mountain goats, and a variety of birds. Because of its rugged approaches, exceptional alpine terrain, and unrivaled scenery, it is the premiere training ground for climbers in North America and offers incredible summit objectives as well.

For our returning guests we’d like to offer the following courses and climbs at a $75 discount along with an MM buff.

•    All North American Alpine Mountaineering Courses


•    Summit climbs of Mount Shuksan, Mount Adams, Glacier Peak, the Ptarmigan and Bailey Range Traverses, and Eldorado Peak.

Offer expires February 28, 2014.

Breaking Barriers in Bolivia!

Celebrating success on the Bolivia Mountaineering School. Oyvind Boiesen photo

This summer, you could take your mountaineering skills to the next level! Learn the ins and outs of glacier mountaineering, then test those skills on the high peaks in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia. Our Bolivia Mountaineering School takes mountaineering novices and spends 5 days teaching you skills like snow climbing, self arrest, anchor selection, rappelling, crevasse rescue, roped glacier travel and much more. The team then gets the chance to summit 19,974-foot Huayna Potosi and 21,122-foot Illimani.

Those who already have mountaineering experience but want to take advantage of the spectacular climbing in Bolivia, join us for the Huayna Potosi and Illimani expedition. Come with us to Bolivia and break that 20,000 foot barrier! 

Read previous blogs

2014 Dates:


May 24-June 5


May 24-June 10 with Illimani

June 28-July 10


June 28-July 15 with Illimani

July 26-August 7


July 26-August 12 with Illimani


Ultimate corddillera Blanca

MM Collection


This incredible trip, first scouted out by MM guides, traverses several valley systems and accesses remote parts of the range. Along the way, three technically easy glacier climbs are ascended – all suitable for climbers with little to no experience. Outside Magazine named this the trip of the year in 2006 for good reason – beautiful scenery, remoteness, accessible climbs, and an intriguing cultural backdrop all combine to make for a true adventure trip. Click here for more info.

And you can bring non-climbers along with you that can join the adventure as trekkers!

Check our previous blog and amazing photos

Everest Base Camp Trek

Award winning guide Deana Zabaldo. Marla Fenske photo

This trip is perfect for the backpacker looking for culturally rich surroundings, Himalayan backdrops, and a taste of high-altitude trekking. Join us in Nepal with Deana Zabaldo, winner of the 2013 Wanderlust World Guide Award, and you will surely take home with you not only great photos of the impressive Khumbu Valley and the surrounding peaks, but also new international friendships and a deep understanding of the Nepali culture. Enjoy the pristine scenery each morning as you start out, the delicious variety of foods specially prepared for our treks, and the genuine camaraderie of your Sherpa team. Click here for more information.

Join Deana and our other amazing guides this spring:

March 30-April 19


April 20-May 10


May 9-29

MM Guides Receive Climbing Award

Tino Villanueva and Alan Rousseau receive AAC Lyman Spitzer Cutting-Edge Climbing Award

Plan Ahead for Summer Climbing

Tino Villanueva photo

If you have been lucky enough to climb with Tino Villanueva or Alan Rousseau either locally in the Cascades or abroad, you may have noticed the level of passion that each of them has for mountaineering. More recently, you may have heard of their spectacular achievement of a first-ascent in Nepal – Langmoche Ri (6617 meters).

In an effort to continue to further their achievements in the alpine world, the American Alpine Club has awarded them the AAC Lyman Spitzer Cutting-Edge Climbing Award, a grant that will fund another two-month expedition in Nepal, in which they will attempt to make a first ascent of the west face of Tengi Ragi Tau. After 50+ mph winds and poor snow conditions shut them down from a summit during their 2012 expedition, they have been pushing their endurance and strength thresholds in preparation to return to the region for another chance.

Tino and Alan are prime examples of what Mountain Madness guides love about their job. Climbing with them, either on Northwest trips or internationally, not only will you benefit from their expertise, but they’ll have some great stories to tell! Congrats again to both of them, we look forward to their adventures in the fall of 2014!

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