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Michael Madden

Michael Madden

Guide: Washington

Michael, a self-diagnosed intellectual, grew up in a circus family in the frozen wastelands of Northern Minnesota. It was here that he was able to kindle an appreciation for suffering and a love for all things climbing. Always in pursuit of an adventure, he spent 6 years in the United States Army with deployments both domestically and internationally. After the army and while studying Environmental Education and French Literature at the University of Minnesota, his interest in climbing became a career. He began guiding rock and ice climbing along the northern shores of the Great Lakes and quickly moved to the glaciated peaks of the North Cascades. Michael has spent time as a climbing ranger in North Cascades National Park and as an emergency medical ranger for Mount Rainier National Park, and is currently in the beginning stages of pursuing IFMGA guide certification. When not in the mountains, he can be found traveling, studying French, reading, cooking, and attempting to play the banjo.

Significant Ascents

Mt. Rainier
Mt. Baker
Mt. Shuksan
Forbidden Peak
Eldorado Peak
Les Calanques, France
Devils Tower National Monument

Certifications

Wilderness EMT
Nationally Registered EMT
AIARE Avalanche Level 2
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course
Leave No Trace Master Educator

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ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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