About

Madison Mountaineering is a boutique mountain guide service based in Seattle, Washington. We specialize in mountaineering expeditions to the “7 Summits” and other renowned international and domestic peaks, as well as unclimbed peaks in extremely remote regions. We provide education and training for climbers who aspire to become self sufficient, aware and respectful of the local culture, stewards of the environment, and for whom safety is the number one priority in all climbing endeavors. In addition to guiding climbers on expeditions Madison Mountaineering provides consultations and ‘full service’ logistics / support for production companies seeking to operate in harsh mountain terrain in areas such as Pakistan, Nepal, Alaska, Antarctica, Greenland, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Washington State, and many other spectacular locations around the globe.

Our Guides & Team

Garrett Madison

President / Founder / Expedition Leader

Garrett Madison began guiding professionally in 1999 on Mount Rainier, and is now America’s premier Everest climber and guide.  (more…)

Joe Butler

Guide

Joe began climbing in 1994 in the Southeast. After a long hiatus he fell in love with the mountains all over again. He packed up and left the Southeast looking for bigger mountains to climb. Alaska was a perfect fit. Joe became a guide in 2003 and started guiding Denali in 2004.  (more…)

Josh Hoeschen

Guide

Josh began climbing in 1999 and moved to Alaska in 2003. He chose Alaska because of the endless climbing potential it offers and the motivated outdoor community. Josh began teaching/guiding for Alaska Pacific University in 2005 and began at AMS in 2006. After graduating from Alaska Pacific University in 2007 Josh was hired on as adjunct faculty and has been teaching there ever since.  (more…)

Namgya Sherpa

Guide

Namgya has participated in numerous Himalayan expeditions, and has summitted many peaks including Mount Everest 11 times, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam. (more…)

April Mayhew

Guide

Originally from Alaska, April’s love of the outdoors was rooted in her from birth. After studying Biology in southern California, she relocated to the Sierra Nevada to be closer to nature and her passion: Climbing.  (more…)

Brent Bishop

Guide

Brent Bishop, the son of the late legendary climber Barry Bishop, was the first American legacy to follow in his father’s footsteps and summit Mt. Everest. (more…)

Kristoffer Erickson

Guide

For over a decade, Kris has been a skiing and climbing guide throughout the US and internationally. He has spent his entire life exploring the mountains of the world and has completed dozens of first ascents from the Andes to Alaska, the Himalaya, Karakoram and North Africa.

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Tim Connelly

Guide

Guiding since 1996 he has found himself helping people fulfill their dreams from Alaska to Patagonia, from the Himalaya to the Alps to Antarctica with many a stop in between he has been around the world block a few times. (more…)

Tap Richards

Guide

A native of New Mexico, Tapley “Tap” Richards, has been a professional mountain guide since 1992. Tap grew up with the ski slopes of Taos and Aspen as his backyard (more…)

Conan Bliss

Guide

Having grown up in Colorado, Conan’s love of the mountains began at an early age. He is passionate about climbing, skiing and exploring, and enjoys sharing these experiences with others through guiding and teaching. (more…)

Billy Nugent

Guide

Billy moved from the Chicago area to Washington in 1999 to attend the University of Puget Sound where he found the Cascade Mountains and ultimately climbing. (more…)

Estalin Suárez

Guide

Estalin has over 15 years of climb experience and has been guiding for 12 years. A certified ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association) guide (more…)

Fred Alldredge

Guide

Fred began guiding on Mt. Rainier in 1993 and has been pursuing a life in the wild places of the world ever since.  (more…)

Sid Pattison

Guide

Sid has been skiing and climbing in the mountains for close to 20 years. Since cutting his teeth in the Cascade mountains,  (more…)

Dave Gruss

Guide

Growing up in the heartland of Iowa climbing mountains did not come as naturally for Dave, but after finishing at the University of Iowa he moved West and never looked back. (more…)

Jose Leonardo Salazar

Guide

Jose Leonardo has guiding experience for over 8 years. He has climbed almost every Ecuadorian mountain and (more…)

Jayson Simons-Jones

Guide

Throughout Jayson Simons-Jones’s almost 20 years of mountain guiding, Jayson has successfully guided alpine climbing and skiing expeditions throughout the world on 6 of the 7 continents over his career, and during this time was also the Owner / Operator of Crested Butte Mountain Guides from 2007-2014.
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Petr Jan Juračka, Ph.D.

Professional Photographer

We are very excited to have Petr Jan Juračka join us on various expeditions as a professional photographer.  Petr most recently accompanied us on our K2 expedition, and is now with us on Kilimanjaro.  Click here to view his recent YouTube K2 video with spectacular UAV footage.
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Antony Dubber

Head Chef

Head chef on South Georgia Island, Union Glacier Camp Antarctica, Svalbard, Super Yachts in Italy, Everest Basecamp and the North sea oil rigs. Antony is one of the best!
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Ginna Kelly

Trip Leader

Ginna Kelly is passionate about inspiring people to protect the wild places and wildlife she loves. Ginna has made successful summits of Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Ecuador Volcanoes, Peruvian Andes, and treks to the Inca Trail and Everest Base Camp.

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Dr. Leo Montejo

Founder/Partner WiCis-Sports
Dr. Leo Montejo did his residency at Harvard in anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been a Professor at Stanford in this specialty, and is an extreme sports enthusiast.
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Eric Salazar

Guide

Eric learned to rock climb in Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding areas of southern California. After ten years of teaching outdoor education, Eric has made a career of traveling, guiding and teaching in the wilderness.  (more…)

Our Staff

Garrett Madison

President / Founder / Expedition Leader

Garrett Madison began guiding professionally in 1999 on Mount Rainier, and is now America’s premier Everest climber and guide.  (more…)

Kurt Hunter

CTO / Co-Founder

Kurt’s combined decades of experience in high tech and passion for alpine climbing bring the perfect blend to Madison Mountaineering. (more…)

Kristine Kitayama

Operations Consultant

Kristine has been working in the mountain guiding industry for over 15 years specializing in operations management (more…)

Andrew Tierney

Digital Strategist and Innovation Director

Andrew Tierney has followed his passions from the hustle of Wall Street to the crevasses of Mount Everest. Carrying a broad level of technology startup experience and digital brand strategy he brings a depth of business acumen to the team.
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Rich Brooks

Travel Consultant

With a passion for the unexplored, Rich Brooks brings the world’s most untouched and remote locations to the adventurous traveler. Specializing in custom made experiences all over the globe, Rich has traveled through the fjords of Iceland, deserts in Oman, rainforests in Costa Rica, rugged coastlines in Southern Africa and through the trails to Everest Base Camp and beyond.

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