July 2014

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We just spoke with Garrett Madison from K2 base camp. Communications are still limited and photos will be posted soon. The team spent yesterday at base camp recovering from the climb and packing and organizing their gear for the 60 mile trek out to Askole. Today they start the multi-day journey down the Godwin-Austen and Baltoro glaciers. The team is reveling in their amazing success and good fortune with weather, climbing conditions, and overall health of the team. Many lifelong dreams were fulfilled.

Join us one more time in congratulating Matthew Du Puy, Alan Arnette, and Garrett Madison along with Sherpa climbing team Kami Rita Sherpa, Fur Kancha Sherpa and Kami Tshering Sherpa and all of our wonderful base camp staff, including our Pakistani Liason Officer, Squadron Leader Khalid Mehmood Chishti.

Thank you for following along and we hope you enjoyed our dispatches. This concludes our coverage of K2 2014.

NEXT UP: Kilimanjaro August 2014!

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Happy to be back in base camp after a successful climb of K2.

– Garrett

Elevation = 16,388.85 ft.   Location = (35.881720, 76.513230)

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The K2 team has just arrived back at base camp. More details to follow…

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Just back to camp 4 (high camp) with the team:) a long descent down from the summit..

– Garrett

Elevation = 25,460.96 ft.   Location = (35.878408, 76.524947)

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We just received a sat phone call from the summit of K2 (8611m/28,251ft), the second highest point on Earth. Garrett Madison, Matt Du Puy, and Alan Arnette have just become the 16th, 17th, and 18th Americans to stand on the summit of K2, the first American K2 summit success since 2007. Garrett sounded fantastic! A transcript of the call is provided below.

[UPDATE] The Sherpa team members are Kami Rita Sherpa, Fur Kancha Sherpa (both of Thame Solu Khumbu, Nepal) and Kami Tshering Sherpa (of Pangbotse, Nepal).

Transcript:

Okay! Hey, this is Garrett Madison calling in from Madison Mountaineering. It is July 27th, eight o’clock in the morning (0800 PKT) and today myself and two of the climbers on our team, Alan Arnette and Matt Du Puy are standing on the summit of K2. It’s a glorious morning, hardly any wind, views in every direction for 360 degrees, some clouds building on the horizon, but just a spectacular day.

We are up here all alone with our three climbing Sherpas who we have climbed all over the world with. They are like brothers to us. I have personally climbed Everest five times with two of them and many other Himalayan peaks. We are just so thrilled to be here. It’s a special moment for us and a great, great moment for Madison Mountaineering and also for all the climbers on the team here, so we are just looking forward to a safe descent and rejoining our friends and family in due time. So we will check in when we get down to high camp. And hey beautiful, beautiful day on the summit, thanks for following along and we will check in soon. Bye bye.

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K2 Summit! Garrett, Alan, & Matt are on top of the worlds 2nd highest peak!

– Garrett

Elevation = 28,278.08 ft.   Location = (35.881720, 76.513230)

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The RainOn powered real-time tracking map shows that the climbing team has just left Camp 4 at 25,200 ft. and is heading for the summit of K2!

Message Type startTrack
Trackpoint 65 of 65
Time 7/26/2014 5:31:00 PM UTC
Latitude 35.87823°
Longitude 76.52377°
Elevation 25,046 ft.
Distance 0.066 mi.
Heading 267.3°
Total Distance 5.75 mi.
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Transcript:
Today is Saturday, July 26th at 6:00pm and we are up at High Camp with Alan and Matt. Our plan is to leave in about four hours for our summit push. A few climbers made the summit today and are on their way back now and we are very happy for them. It is snowing a little bit but when we get up tonight we will have clear skies while we are climbing up and early tomorrow morning.

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Just pulled into Camp 4 on K2 with the team, we plan to leave for the summit push in about 12 hours. Looks like nice weather and a good route!

– Garrett

Elevation = 24,310.11 ft.   Location = (35.87828, 76.524947)

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Transcript:
Hey, this is Garrett Madison from Madison Mountaineering calling in from Camp 3 on K2. Today is July 25th. It’s 6:00pm and myself, Alan Arnette, and Matt Du Puy along with our sherpa team are all up at Camp 3 right now. Today we climbed from Camp 2 up and over The Black Pyramid on K2 to get to Camp 3. And we are happy to be here. Good weather, cloudy right now but we had clear skies climbing up to Camp 3. And boy, just great conditions and tomorrow our plan is to move up to high camp.