First Rotation Underway!

The team climbing into the Khumbu Icefall! Photo pulled from Madison Mountaineering archive (Photo: Terray Sylvester)

The first rotation for our Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse teams is underway through the Khumbu Icefall! The team got an alpine start out of base camp and will move up to Camp 1 for the first time on this years expedition. After a few days of rest and training in base camp, the team is psyched and ready to start making their way higher up the mountain! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, checks in with today’s dispatch from the Himalayas:

Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Everest (8848m/29,032ft) expedition ‘first wave.’ Today is April 22nd, it’s 2:00 A.M and we’re headed out from base camp (5364m/17,598ft) to start our first rotation up to Camps 1 (6050m/19,849ft) and 2 (6500m/21,325ft). Our plan is to go up through the icefall to Camp 1 today and spend a couple of nights there, and then up to Camp 2 for a couple of nights!

It snowed yesterday and it looks like it’s cleared a little bit tonight. We’re excited to head up to the icefall, it looks like we’ll be the only team at the moment climbing up, with a little fresh snow on the route and hopefully a beautiful day ahead! We’ll check in when we’re down in a few days.

Our next wave with Cacho is arriving in base camp later today! All is well here on Mount Everest.

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