2024 Mountain Cleanup Project expedition dispatches

Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archives. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team has crawled into their tents for the evening in Camp 3 on Annapurna. Today the team moved up from Camp 2 and is eyeing a summit push soon! Tomorrow will be used to rest and prepare for their summit day, with hopes of getting an alpine start late tomorrow evening to set forth towards the summit. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Camp 3 on Annapurna:

Today we moved from Camp 2 to Camp 3 at about 6,500m on the north face of Annapurna 1. The weather was generally excellent, with a clear, sunny morning, a few snow flurries in the afternoon, and then a still, sunny evening as we moved into our tents, ate dinner, and drank many cups of tea. Tomorrow we plan to rest all day, with an eye toward starting our summit push late tomorrow evening. We’ll be in touch.


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archives. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Blue skies made for a great day of climbing up to Camp 2 on Annapurna for the Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team! The team took in great views all around of Annapurna 1’s North Face and the surrounding area. With more good weather in the forecast, the team plans to move up to Camp 3 tomorrow, which positions them to make a summit push! Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Camp 2 on Annapurna:

This morning we moved to Camp 2 under cloudless skies with excellent views of Annapurna 1’s North Face and the dramatic glaciated terrain of the surrounding cirque. For the past several days, daily convective buildup has brought afternoon snow showers, but we’re expecting that pattern to taper off in the days to come. We’re expecting summit winds to die down, as well. Given all of that, we’re hoping for good climbing conditions as we move to Camp 3 tomorrow, then prepare for our summit push! The team is in great shape. We’ll be in touch!


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archives. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team has set off on their summit push! With good weather today, the team moved up to Camp 1 and is settled into their tents for the night. With hopes of moving up to Camp 2 tomorrow, the team will evaluate weather and route conditions before continuing on. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this brief dispatch from Annapurna:

Hello from Camp 1! We started our summit push today. We hope to move to Camp 2 tomorrow, weather-dependent. All is well. We’ll be in touch!


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archives. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Having wrapped up the majority of their cleaning efforts on Annapurna, the Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team is shifting their focus to the upcoming summit push! The team will patiently wait for a weather window, with hopes of leaving base camp in the next few days. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this brief dispatch from Annapurna Base Camp:

Hello from Annapurna 1 Base Camp (4130m/13551ft). Having wrapped up the bulk of our cleaning effort here, we’re keeping an eye on the forecast and hoping to start our summit push within the next few days. All is well here. We’ll be in touch!


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archives. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

We’ve just received word from the Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team that in total, they have cleaned up over 300 kilos of trash and waste so far! These cleanup efforts have taken place throughout the trek into base camp and as high as Camp 2 on Annapurna. After a well-deserved rest day tomorrow, the team will continue these efforts and look to make their next rotation up the mountain! Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Annapurna Base Camp:

Today we continued our cleanup effort here on the north side of Annapurna 1 (8091m/26,545ft). After an early breakfast, we hiked down the Miristi Khola trail, which is the famous, historic approach route to this side of the mountain. Annapurna was the first 8000m peak climbed, via the north face by the French in 1950. The Miristi Khola gorge was notoriously treacherous back then. Today the trail is well-maintained and very scenic, with waterfalls and towering rock walls. We hiked most of the way to the trailhead while picking up trash, making sure to cover the areas where we saw the most waste on our walk-in. Then we returned to base camp (4130m/13551ft) for dinner and a cozy evening playing cards.

In total, we’ve now collected more than 300 kilos of waste from the approach trail, base camp, and the climbing route as high as Camp 2. We’ll continue collecting waste as we go, but on the whole Annapurna is relatively clean. So we don’t expect to find a lot more. We’ll transport all of this waste out of the mountains at the end of our climb.

We’ll be in touch tomorrow, during our well-earned rest day!


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Efforts from phase 1 of the Mountain Cleanup Project last fall (photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team has safely returned back to the comforts of their base camp. With a successful first rotation under their belts, the team plans to continue their cleanup efforts in and around base camp, rest up, and recover before looking to move further up the mountain. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Annapurna Base Camp:

We descended to base camp (4130m/13551ft) this morning through a dusting of fresh snow, under clearing skies. Now we’re taking showers, doing laundry & looking forward to a few rest days. During our rotation, we cleaned trash and old fixed line from the rocky terrain around Camp 1 and the route up to it. Tomorrow we plan to pick up trash around base camp and along the approach to base camp up the Mistri Khola Gorge. All is well. We’ll be in touch.


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Efforts from phase 1 of the Mountain Cleanup Project last fall (photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team made the decision to drop down to Camp 1 where they’ll continue their acclimatization efforts for the night. Tomorrow, they plan to return back to the comforts of their base camp for more clean-up efforts before setting their sights on the next rotation up the  mountain. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Camp 1 on Annapurna:

Hello from Camp 1. With snow inbound and some avalanche hazard at Camp 2, we decided to spend the last night of our rotation back here at Camp 1, where we should still see some acclimatization benefit since Camp 2 is only a few hundred meters higher. After a peaceful afternoon snowstorm, we’re settling in for the night and looking forward to returning to BC tomorrow.


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Amazon Alexa devices with the Madison Mountaineering Flash Briefing skill:

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Efforts from phase 1 of the Mountain Cleanup Project last fall (photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team awoke to more beautiful weather today in Camp 1! Emerging out of their tents, the team took in the views and sunshine before collecting trash in Camp 1, packing up, and making the move to Camp 2. With camp set up, the team has crawled into their sleeping bags for the night and looks forward to another great day tomorrow. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Camp 2 on Annapurna:

Another spectacular day on the north side of Annapurna. We woke to sunny skies and spent the morning picking up trash on the rocky terrain around Camp 1. We then made the relatively short ascent to Camp 2 at just over 5,500m, chopped out our tent platforms and settled in. We plan to stay here tonight and perhaps tomorrow night to maximize our time above base camp, weather permitting. We’ll be in touch!


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive.

The first rotation is off! The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team has departed from their base camp and climbed up to Camp 1 on Annapurna, settling into their tents for the night, prepared to make the move to Camp 2 tomorrow. Good weather today made for pleasant climbing conditions and great views as the team ascended to their first camp. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Camp 1 on Annapurna:

Namaste from Camp 1 on Annapurna 1! This afternoon we enjoyed a beautiful ascent to the relatively low first camp here at just over 5,000m. The weather was perfect. We’re looking forward to our climb to Camp 2 tomorrow. We’ll be in touch then!


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team held their Puja ceremony today as they prepare for their move to Camp 1 on Annapurna, enjoying great weather and views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks! With the move to Camp 1 scheduled for tomorrow, the team ended their day by gathering their kit and packing their bags for the start of their first rotation on the mountain. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Annapurna Base Camp:

Today was a beautiful day in base camp (4130m/13,549ft) with clear, sunny skies giving us great views of the surrounding peaks. It was perfect weather for our Puja, which is a ceremony to ask the mountain for safe passage. We spent the rest of the day preparing our kit for the move to Camp 1 tomorrow, which will be the first day of our acclimatization rotation. We’ll be in touch tomorrow!


In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:

Amazon Alexa devices with the Madison Mountaineering Flash Briefing skill:

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