Entries by Kurt

Welcome to Kilimanjaro

Lead guide Rob Smith provides the Kilimanjaro expedition kick-off dispatch from Arusha, Tanzania: Welcome to the Climb for Conservation Kilimanjaro trip guided by Madison Mountaineering. The drive from the airport passed through verdant fields of maize, sunflowers, and coffee. Roadside sellers had all sorts of goods including freshly butchered meat, charcoal for fuel, lumber for […]

The week mountaineers dream of…

On the eve of their summit push, climbing team member Dr. Rick Thurmer provides today’s K2 expedition dispatch.  The plan is to climb to Camp 2 (6327m/20,757ft) on the Cesen route tomorrow morning.  C3 on Wed, C4, on Thu, and make their summit attempt on Friday, July 19th.  This is it – the week mountaineers […]

Oxygen system practice

K2 climbing team member Gina provides the update from base camp today where part of the activities was oxygen system practice.  Summit bid begins on July 16th with a summit target of July 19th: Hi!  This is Gina coming to you live from K2 base camp!  We just finished having a great dinner of kebabs […]

Camp 2 on the Cesen Route

Madison Mountaineering guide Conan Bliss reports in on the team’s first rotation progress from Camp 2 on the Cesen route: Hi!  This is Conan checking with everybody out there in cyberspace for the Madison Mountaineering K2 expedition.  Today we had a stellar move up to Camp 2 on the Cesen spur.  Everybody’s had a good […]

Main Everest Team Summits!!

We are pleased to announce the following members of the 2019 Madison Mountaineering Everest expedition successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest (8,848 m / 29,029 ft) on May 23, 2019, at approximately 6:30 AM NPT (local time). # Name Country 1 Ms. Nadhira Alharthy Oman 2 Ms. Nelly Attar Lebanon 3 Ms. Joyce Azzam […]

More Everest Summits!

We are pleased to announce the following members of the 2019 Madison Mountaineering Everest expedition successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest (8,848 m / 29,029 ft) on May 16, 2019, at approximately 3:15 AM NPT (local time) and have returned safely to Camp 4 on the South Col. # Name Country 1 Mr. Kenton […]

Summit rotation on the mind

While most of the team is still breathing in the richer air down at Nachme Bazaar, a few members have hiked back up to Everest base camp.  But wherever they are, everybody has the upcoming summit rotation on the mind!  Our members in Nahcme will be heading back up to base camp in the next […]

Welcome to Everest Base Camp!

Welcome to Everest base camp!  Today the team completed the final leg of the trek from Gorak Shep (5164m/16,942ft) to base camp (5364m/17,598ft).  Everest guide Stuart Robertson provides today’s update: Hey folks!  Stuart here with Madison Mountaineering.  Just checking in with progress today.  I’m pleased to report the whole team is up at Everest base […]