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Mountain Madness Climber

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 first-hand glimpse into Moun­tain Mad­ness climber Sarah Lee’s Mt. Bak­er experience.

View across the North Cas­cades. Sarah Lee photo

Moun­tain Mad­ness was very impres­sive, I felt that we learned a lot more dur­ing our Bak­er climb about moun­taineer­ing and camp­ing in gen­er­al, and the instruc­tion felt per­son­al and organ­ic. My hus­band and I recent­ly moved to the area and just got into alpine climbing/​mountaineering. We of course watched the movie Ever­est last year and read Krakauer’s book, which is the first place we had heard of Moun­tain Mad­ness. We want­ed to climb with such a rep­utable, local company! 

Sarah, Jere­my, and guide on the sum­mit. Sarah Lee photo

Robert was AMAZ­ING from the get-go. We imme­di­ate­ly felt com­fort­able with him being not just our guide but he seemed like an old friend show­ing us the ropes. He took into con­sid­er­a­tion that we had just sum­mit­ed Rainier the week­end pri­or and taught us new tech­niques instead of rehash­ing the basics! Our sec­ond guide Jacob was evi­dent­ly new to guid­ing but he was not new to moun­taineer­ing. His knowl­edge of every sin­gle peak we could see from Mount Bak­er as well as climb­ing tech­niques was impres­sive. We were so for­tu­nate that we end­ed up being the only two peo­ple on the climb and had two guides! We had the most incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence learn­ing from Jacob the entire week­end and lis­ten­ing to all his climb­ing sto­ries and goals. Very inspirational.

Jere­my and Sarah. Sarah Lee photo

We lucked out and had brand new tents for the week­end which real­ly came in handy because we had TER­RI­BLE weath­er for about 30 hours dur­ing our time at camp. Our guides cooked deli­cious food and even brought it to our tents in the pour­ing rain/​snow/​30 mph winds. Can­not wait to sched­ule our next climb with you guys!

The great­ly appre­ci­at­ed shel­ter. Sarah Lee photo

~MM Client Sarah Lee