30 Years of Making it Happen!
 
Spring greetings,
 
In a few short months the summer climbing season begins! We have some new additions this year for our big mountain offerings that we are excited to share – check them out below. And in 2015 we’re gearing up for another Everest expedition. Below you’ll find some ways to work towards reaching some of the world’s highest peaks. Take a look and start setting your sights on the Big E!
 
In other news, Ossy will be leading Vinson trips this season – give us a call if you’re interested. And award winning guide, Deana Zabaldo, kicks off the fall Nepal trekking season with a trip to the relatively untraveled Mustang region. 
 
We look forward to seeing you soon.
 
All the best,

The Mountain Madness Team

The Road to Mount Everest

From sea level to 29,029 feet

Practicing alpine leadership skills on Mount Shuksan. Marc Ripperger photo

Even if you live at sea level, we will help you reach new heights. With our Live Your Dreams program, you can follow our progression of courses and high altitude expeditions to prepare you fully for a Mount Everest attempt. Give Mark Gunlogson a shout at markg@mountainmadness.com and he can send you some more details.

And in case you missed our previous newsletter which laid out the offer of our North Cascades Mountaineering & Rock Courses, you can check it out here.

Pik Lenin

23,406 ft. summit in the Pamirs

Lenin. MM Collection
 
Pik Lenin is a great introduction to climbing at elevations over 7000 meters. It is considered one of the most straight-forward climbs of its altitude and is an excellent training peak for Mt. Everest and the 8000 meter giants of the Himalaya. Pik Lenin is the highest peak in the Trans-Alay Range of the Pamir Mountains, on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Our 2014 expedition is confirmed for an August 15th departure with MM guides Tino Villanueva and Pavel Baranov leading the way! Step up your altitude climbing experience and join us on this accessible big mountain on an expedition to one of the greater mountain ranges of Asia.

Stok Kangri

20,182 ft. walk-up peak

The Lamayuru Monastery of the Ladakh region in India. MM Collection
 
Join us August 27th for a non-technical summit of Stok Kangri in India! The highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalaya in the Ladakh region of northwest India, Stok Kangri stands high above the Ladakhi capital of Leh in an area that provides a spectacular and remote setting. Witness the colorful traditional Ladakh Festival with its costume dances, craft stalls, local cuisine, musical concerts and more. Take a side trip to visit the famous Taj Mahal. And most importantly, break the 20,000 foot barrier when you reach the summit surrounded by the stunning Karakorum Range!

New Trip – Trek or Climb

Mountains of the Moon & Gorilla Tracking

Early morning on the Rwenzori mountains of Uganda. Day’s Edge Production

In March 2015 we’ll be traveling to the legendary ‘Mountains of the Moon’- the Rwenzoris of Uganda.  The national park, which is a World Heritage Site, offers incomparably beautiful, mist-shrouded peaks, exciting climbing challenges, and trekking in a Dr. Suess-like landscape.  

In the center of the range, which boasts Africa’s third highest mountain, six peaks carry permanent snow, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forest full of exotic plants and animals. Whether you are an experienced climber or a casual trekker, Rwenzori Mountain National Park offers visitors a unique experience suitable for all.

After the climb or trek participants have the option of tracking Gorillas!

Washington’s Other Big Mountain

Climbing on Mount Adams. Sondra Ripperger photo

If you don’t have time this summer to join us for an international adventure, there are plenty of adventures to be had closer to home! Climbers around the country think of Mount Rainier as being the “go-to” mountain in Washington State, however, what about Washington’s other big mountain – Mount Adams? At 12,276 feet / 3742 meters, a Mount Adams 4-day climb up the Mazama Glacier route offers an alpine challenge without the crowds of Mount Rainier.

Join us for this beginner climb and get a taste of alpine mountaineering. We’re offering dates throughout July and early August. For a complete list of alpine climbs click here.

For more information, please visit this website www.mountainmadness.com

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