Entries by Kurt

100% Summit Success on Kilimanjaro!!

Yesterday our Kilimanjaro team put everyone on the Roof of Africa, the 19,341 ft. summit of Kilimanjaro’s highest point: Uhuru Peak on Kibo’s crater rim.  Congratulations one and all, you are on your way to your Seven Summits quest.  🙂 After a very long descent this morning from Millenium Camp (3820 m / 12,533 ft), […]

100% Mount Baker Summit!

Congratulations to our July 17th team of three climbers and guide Justin Sackett for safely and successfully reaching the summit of Mount Baker this morning!  Well done team!  Everyone is off the mountain now and headed home savoring a job well done. Here’s a couple of shots of the ascent.  Stay tuned for more PWN […]

Mount Baker is a go!

After a thorough and fun(!) orientation and gear check on Saturday in Seattle, our July 17th Mount Baker team headed up to the trailhead at Schrieber’s Meadow yesterday and hiked up to the crest of the Railroad Grade to make high camp at around 5,800 ft. Today after a hearty breakfast, the team reviewed glacier […]

Kilimanjaro Summit Push is ON!

Our Kilimanjaro team is just finishing up breakfast and getting ready to leave Kosovo high camp and head for the summit!  The Summit Push is on!  You can follow the team in real-time with our location tracking map:  https://madisonmountaineering.com/maps/kilimanjaro-2021-07 Godspeed Kili team, godspeed! (photo:  Madison Mountaineering photo archive) If climbing Kilimanjaro is in your future, […]

Summit Day is Next!

Today the Kilimanjaro team climbed to high camp. They left Karanga camp and crossed the barren hillsides to reach Barafu camp, and continued on to the Kosovo camp, our special high camp that rarely sees any other climbers. This camp puts the team in a position above most other climbing parties so that the summit […]

Karanga Camp

After breakfast, the Kilimanjaro team left camp and began the ascent of the Great Barranco wall! This scramble provided a great morning workout as they topped out at 14,500’ with spectacular views of the plains below! Then they descend to the Karanga river and hiked up a short distance to Karanga camp. Here’s a short […]

Barranco Camp

Today the Kilimanjaro team left Shira Camp and traversed the mountain, working their way up to the base of “The Lava Tower” at approximately 14,800 ft. They made a quick ascent of the lava tower, a fun scramble up with great views from the top, then descended down to Barranco Camp. From camp, the team […]

Shira Camp

Today, from the Machame camp the team started hiking up the trail through the forest and gained elevation very quickly, as the landscape changed from the lush forest to moor lands with large Senecio trees dotting the hillsides. They gained the Shira Plateau and enjoyed a great view over the valley below. Each day upon […]

Kili Team Arrives and Heads Up the Mountain!

All of the team members for our first Kilimanjaro climb and safari expedition for 2021 have arrived in Tanzania and have headed up the mountain from the trailhead at Machame Gate (1814 m / 5,950 ft). This morning the team traveled by Land Crusier from Arusha through forests and coffee fields to the Machame trailhead, […]

July 2021 Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari Kick-off!

Our initial 2021 Kilimanjaro expedition and safari kicks-off in one week with the team members arriving to Tanzania on Monday!  Expedition leader, Mara Larson, and the team of climbers are excited to return to Tanzania and reach the Roof of Africa!  Follow their progress with our daily dispatches and real-time map updates:  https://madisonmountaineering.com/maps/kilimanjaro-2021-07. Our expeditions […]