On the approach towards Sincholagua under beautiful, clear blue skies! (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

Another summit for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition team! The acclimatization period continues to go smoothly with the team topping out at over 16,000 feet on Sincholagua today, which includes some technical rock climbing as you near the summit. Up next is Illiniza Sur! Expedition leader, Estalin Suárez checks in with this dispatch from Ecuador:

Hello! This is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. Just to let you know that we had another great day hiking on the volcanoes in Ecuador. Today we summited Sincholagua (4899m/16,073ft), which is 16,000 feet. We had a really, really great day! We started very early in the morning to see the sunrise on the way up to the volcano.

Carter and Saskia are feeling pretty good! Now everybody’s resting and tomorrow, we’re going to our next climb which is going to be Illiniza South (5245m/17,208ft). I left you a couple of pictures. Stay tuned!

Climbing the final pitch towards the summit on Sincholagua! (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

Climbing the final pitch towards the summit on Sincholagua! (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

Cumbre! The team on the summit on Sincholagua. (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

Cumbre! The team on the summit on Sincholagua. (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

On the approach with views all around (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

On the approach with views all around (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

Hiking towards the days objective as the sun rises (Photo by Estalin Suárez)

Hiking towards the days objective as the sun rises (Photo by Estalin Suárez)


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Summit photo on Rumiñahui!

Another summit in Ecuador! Today the team reached the north summit of Rumiñahui Volcano as part of their acclimatization while they build up before Antisana and Chimborazo. During the climb, the team basked in the sunshine and took in the 360 degree views of surrounding peaks and beautiful Ecuadorian country. Expedition leader, Estalin Suárez checks in with this dispatch from Ecuador:

Hello! This is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. Today is January 28.

We did our second climb for the acclimatization. We did the Rumiñahui Volcano (4721m/15,489ft) north summit, which is 15,500 feet about. We had a really great day, sunny day, we could see all the volcanoes surrounding such as Cotopaxi (5897m/19,347ft), Antisana (5753m/18,875ft), Sincholagua (4899m/16,073ft). It was a really, really great day! It took us about eight hours up and down – a little bit of a long hike, but it was a really, really nice day. The guys are resting now because tomorrow, we’re going to start early for our next hike.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned!

Navigating the rocky slopes of Rumiñahui on the way towards the summit!

Navigating the rocky slopes of Rumiñahui on the way towards the summit!

Nearing the top!

Nearing the top!

A beautiful day in the Ecuadorian highlands!

A beautiful day in the Ecuadorian highlands!


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Summit photo on Cerro Puntas!

The Madison Mountaineering private expedition team is off to a great start in Ecuador with a successful summit on Cerro Puntas! The climb will serve as good acclimatization as the team prepares for bigger climbs to come. Back in their lodge, the team is in high spirits and ready to continue the expedition in the days ahead! Expedition leader, Estalin Suárez checks in with this dispatch from Ecuador:

Hello! This is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. Today is January 27 and we just did our first acclimatization hike on Cerro Puntas (4348m/14,265ft), which is a  really nice hike. At the end of the route, just to reach the summit, you have some rock climbing. We had a really good day with nice views!

Carter and Saskia are feeling really great! Now we are at the lodge – a really nice lodge close to Cotopaxi National Park with a really nice view. Now we are resting and getting ready for tomorrow, we have another acclimatization hike. Stay tuned!

On the approach through the Ecuadorian highlands!

On the approach through the Ecuadorian highlands!

Climber, Saskia nearing the summit!

Climber, Saskia nearing the summit!

Carter on the final pitch leading to the summit!

Carter on the final pitch leading to the summit!

All smiles back at the car after a successful climb!

All smiles back at the car after a successful climb!


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It’s with great excitement to share that the Madison Mountaineering team has safely and successfully reached the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, and one of the famed ‘seven summits!’ After some stormy weather the past few days, the team took advantage of a weather window when it presented itself to go for the summit. The team climbed under beautiful weather with great views all around and shared lots of hugs and high-fives upon reaching the summit. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from the roof of Antarctica:

Hey, this is Garrett with the Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) team! We are on the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica! It is a beautiful day!

Hey, it’s Hunter Argenbright. Happy to be here!

Hey, it’s (garbled) on the summit. Loving Madison – have a good day!

Hi, it’s Laura from (garbled). Thank you to Garrett for getting us up this mountain! To all of those (garbled) kids out there, keep on taking it one step at a time and follow your dreams, don’t ever give up! (Garbled) boys, I love you more than you’ll ever know.

Oh, beautiful day up here on the summit with the team! We’re looking forward to getting back down to high camp (3536m/11,600ft) this afternoon. All is well here on Vinson! We’ll check in soon.


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive (Photo by Ted Hesser)

The Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team has reached their high camp, putting them one camp closer to reaching the summit of Antarctica’s highest peak! While the day started out nice, a bit of a storm rolled in as the team was coming into camp. But, the team quickly worked together to set up their temporary home and then sat down for hot water, a warm meal, and to reflect on another good day in Antarctica! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from high camp:

Hey, this is Garrett and Benny up here at high camp (3536m/11,600ft) on Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft)! We climbed from low camp (2774m/9,100ft) today with our team up to high camp.

It started off a beautiful day, but then the winds picked up and some clouds rolled in, so it was pretty stormy getting into high camp! We had to set up our tents in a bit of a blizzard, but got all of our tents set up and every person moved into their tents. We melted some snow for hot water, had dinner, filled hot water bottles, and now we’re getting ready to go to bed. We’re going to take a rest day tomorrow – it’s supposed to be very windy tomorrow and then hopefully a nice day after that. Fingers crossed it’s a good day coming up for the summit day!

Everyone’s doing well, we’re happy to be up here, had some great views on the way up, and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow! We’ll check in soon.


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive (Photo by Ted Hesser)

The Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team spent another day in low camp while they await good weather for their move up to high camp and then the summit. Good company, food, and the anticipation for what’s still to come is keeping the team excited and ready for their move up the mountain. Fingers crossed for good weather in the coming days! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from low camp:

Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition team. We are still in low camp (2774m/9,100ft) – decided to take one more rest day here. Hopefully, if the weather is good, we’ll keep moving up to high camp (3536m/11,600ft) tomorrow! The forecast was calling for high winds today so we decided to stay put, as well as a few other teams here. We’re thinking hopefully the weather forecast will be good tomorrow, clear skies, calm winds, and we’ll move up!

Everyone’s doing well. We spent the day building some snow walls around our tents to fortify our camp and had a couple of good meals. So, everyone’s doing well here, enjoying the views and our time in Antarctica! We’re looking forward to what lies ahead. We’ll check in soon!


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Our Ojos del Salado + Aconcagua climbers enjoying a wine tour with guide, Terray Sylvester. More than 1,300 wineries are located in the Mendoza area, producing more than 75% of Argentina’s wine.

Another successful Aconcagua expedition has come to a close! The team is back to the comforts of Mendoza and has enjoyed a day of rest, good meals, and celebration after an exciting couple of weeks in South America. Congratulations to the teams on safe and successful climbs! One more expedition on Aconcagua is still to come led by legendary mountaineer, Ed Viesturs! Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this departing dispatch from Mendoza:

Hello! This is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Aconcagua (6961m/22,837ft) expeditions – today is January 16.

Today is the wrap-up day for our regular itinerary on Aconcagua, as well as our Ojos del Salado (6893m/22,615ft) and Aconcagua combination expedition. We flew out of base camp (4367m/14,327ft) yesterday via helicopter, and then drove to Mendoza (746m/2,449ft), and arrived here just in time for a late dinner – or a normally scheduled dinner according to Argentina time! Today we’ve been relaxing back here in the lovely summer temperatures of Mendoza, enjoying a wine tour, and some good meals.

So our guests will begin departing for their home countries early tomorrow morning, and that will wrap up another successful expedition on the highest peak outside of the Himalayas. Our next Aconcagua expedition starts in just a little over a week led by U.S. climbing legend, Ed Viesturs! We’ll be in touch.

Our Aconcagua climbers relaxing over breakfast in Mendoza (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Our Aconcagua climbers relaxing over breakfast in Mendoza (Photo by Terray Sylvester)


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The Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team stayed put in low camp after their ascent on the previous day. Some good rest and a tasty breakfast fueled a technical skills review for the team where they practiced the skills needed for the coming days as their expedition continues on Antarctica’s highest peak! The team had great weather today and will see what tomorrow brings. With good weather, the team plans to make the move up to high camp. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from low camp:

Hey! This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition number three of our season. We are up here at low camp (2774m/9,100ft). We had a great rest day today, slept in, had a nice long breakfast: pancakes, eggs, and bacon. Then we did some training! We reviewed fixed line climbing technique, ascending and descending. We actually had a pretty nice afternoon – nice weather, great views of the mountains, it wasn’t windy at all. We just enjoyed our rest day, had a nice dinner, and now we are heading to bed.

We are going to see what tomorrow brings! If the winds die down up high, we might move up to high camp (3536m/11,600ft) tomorrow. Otherwise, if it looks like high wind, we will probably stay here and rest another day. The team’s doing great and we are really enjoying our time here in Antarctica. We will check in soon!


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Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive (Photo by Ted Hesser)

Despite clouds in the sky, the Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team’s spirits did not waver! The team left the comforts of their base camp today and set forth up the Branscomb Glacier to their low camp. After setting up camp and eating a warm dinner, the team crawled into their tents for the night and are looking forward to a day of rest and training tomorrow! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from Antarctica:

Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition team. We made it up to low camp (2774m/9,100ft) today! We set off from base camp (2140m/7,020ft) around noon and climbed up. It was a cloudy day, but nice and cool. We got into low camp this evening, pitched our tents, and made some dinner. Now we’re tucking in for bed! It’s a little stormy up here – windy and cloudy with some snowfall. But it’s nice, it’s a good mountain storm.

We’re doing well! We’re just tucked in, we’re going to take a rest day tomorrow and do some training. The team’s doing well and we’re really excited to be here on Mount Vinson. We’re looking forward to the next few days. Check in soon!


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It’s with great excitement to share that the Madison Mountaineering Aconcagua expedition team has safely and successfully reached the summit of South America’s highest peak! Leaving from Camp 2 rather than the usual Camp 3, our team made an ambitious push taking advantage of a small window, ultimately getting all boots on the summit, sharing some high-fives and hugs before returning down to lower camps. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Aconcagua:

Success on Aconcagua (6961m/22,837ft)! With very high winds predicted to start tomorrow, our team took advantage of a brief weather window today and summited via an ambitious push straight from Camp 2 (5522m/18,117ft) instead of the usual start from Camp 3 (5989m/19,650ft). They enjoyed perfect weather on the summit! Now they’re safely back in Camp 2 and looking forward to beginning the journey back to the comforts of Mendoza (746m/2,449ft) tomorrow.


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