Entries by Kurt

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 […]

Everest Summits!

Our Everest base camp staff is in touch with the climbing team and is reporting the following May 23rd Everest summits (all times NPT): 06:30 – Kristin H. / Aang Phurba Sherpa / Dawa Bhote 08:30 – Kevin W. / Sid Pattison / Terray Sylvester / Phurba Ridar Bhote / Chhiring Bhote / Mingma Sherpa […]

Summit Push Update: Team safely at Camp IV

Today our Everest/Lhotse team moved up from Camp III to Camp IV on the South Col.  Conditions were tough with the wind and snow, but everyone did great and are now safely tucked into their tents.  The plan is to take a rest day tomorrow  (5/22) and go for the summit on the following early […]


Big congratulations to Kenton Cool, Dorjee Gelgen Sherpa, Jon Gupta, Rebecca Ferry, Chhetan Dojree Sherpa, and Lakpa Wongchu Sherpa for successfully and safely completing the combination climb of both Everest and Lhotse. Absolutely perfect weather for both summits for these strong climbers! Amazing job by the entire team. Everyone is safely down to Camp 2 […]