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The team on the summit of Lhotse! From left: Nelly Attar, Kam Dorji Sherpa, Tenzi Sherpa, Terray Sylvester. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

We are so proud of this team… We’re excited to present photos from the summit day on Lhotse (8516m/27,940ft) for the Mountain Cleanup Project expedition team! In the last few weeks, the team has been focused on cleaning up the camps on and around both Annapurna (8091m/26,545ft) and Lhotse – two of the world’s 14 8,000-meter peaks. All in all, the team has collected and will properly dispose of over 400 kilos of trash. On May 14, the team topped out on the world’s fourth-highest peak in excellent weather, a great way to cap off this special expedition! Introducing the Mountain Cleanup Project expedition team’s Lhotse summiteers:

# Name Country
1 Nelly Attar Lebanon
2 Terray Sylvester United States of America
3 Tenzi Sherpa Nepal
4 Kam Dorji Sherpa Nepal

The team has all arrived safely back in base camp. There have been many highlights so far this season in the Himalayas – the work this team has done being one of them! Congratulations on a wonderful season in the Himalayas to the Mountain Cleanup Project expedition team.

Climber Nelly Attar celebrating on the summit! She became the first Lebanese person to summit Lhotse. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Climber Nelly Attar celebrating on the summit! She became the first Lebanese person to summit Lhotse. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The final steps to the summit of Lhotse! (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The final steps to the summit of Lhotse! (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

In the Lhotse Couloir with Cho Oyu in the distance (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

In the Lhotse Couloir with Cho Oyu in the distance (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The team approaching the base of the Lhotse Couloir with Mount Everest in the background (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The team approaching the base of the Lhotse Couloir with Mount Everest in the background (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Strong winds on Mount Everest (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Strong winds on Mount Everest (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Pre-dawn glow on the clouds above Kam Dorji Sherpa. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

Pre-dawn glow on the clouds above Kam Dorji Sherpa. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)


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Members of our team on the summit of Nuptse in 2023! Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive.
It comes with great pleasure to share the recent success of our Nuptse team who reached the true summit at 7861m / 25,791 today! Our climber, guides, and Sherpa team put all boots on the summit, marking the second year in a row that our team has reached the top and opened the route for other teams to follow for the season. Congratulations to everyone involved! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from Everest Base Camp:

Cacho, Casey, along with four of our Sherpa team (Dawa Tenji, Kam Dorji, Chhetan, Mingmar) just reached the summit of Nuptse (7861m/25,791ft) with perfect conditions! They are on the way down now.


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

The Madison Mountaineering Mountain Cleanup Project expedition team had a productive weekend cleaning and climbing as they continued their efforts in the camps shared by Mount Everest and Lhotse. The team cleaned up more than 100kg of waste from Camp 2 and will keep collecting trash as they climb to higher camps before making a summit attempt on Lhotse. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Camp 2:

Hello from our advanced base camp at Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft)! Yesterday and today we picked up more than 100kg of waste here. Tomorrow we plan to wake up early and move up to Camp 3 (7230m/23,720ft). We’ve had beautiful warm weather here at 6,500m / 21,300′ in the Western Cwm. Low winds are in the forecast. We’ll be in touch!


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

Through the Khumbu Icefall and into Camp 2! The Madison Mountaineering Mountain Cleanup Project expedition team moved swiftly through the lower section of the route climbers take to climb Mount Everest and Lhotse. With a summit attempt on Lhotse ahead, the team’s first objective is to clean up the camps along the route, shared by both Mount Everest and Lhotse. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from the Western Cwm:

Hello from Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft)! Today we enjoyed a spectacular walk up the Western Cwm from Camp 1 (6050m/19,849ft). In general, the weather was excellent: partly sunny skies with occasional snow flurries. We plan to spend the next few days here in Camp 2 cleaning up waste. Then we’ll continue higher, to make our summit attempt on Lhotse (8516m/27,940ft) and pursue our cleaning work in the higher camps. We’ll keep in touch!


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

The Madison Mountaineering Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse expedition teams are making good progress towards their different objectives! While the sun shined on the Lhotse Face as the team ascended to Camp 3, our Sherpa team was able to be seen over the “valley of silence” fixing the route up the Nuptse Face! Madison Mountaineering climber, Casey Diener checks in with this dispatch from Camp 2 on Mount Everest:

This is Casey Diener calling in from Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft) with Madison Mountaineering! I’m just a climber on the team here.

We had a good acclimatization day. All the crew who set out for Lhotse Camp 3 (7230m/23,720ft) made it in good fashion. It was a mix of sun and clouds on the Lhotse Face today. Yeah, everyone made it in good [garbled]. Enjoying some good dinner tonight – curry chicken and some popcorn! Currently, the lines have been fixed to the summit of Lhotse (8516m/27,940ft). Hopefully sometime in the near future Krisli, Nelly, and Terray will be ready to make a charge up the Lhotse Face once a weather window opens. They have camped for a couple of more recovery days [garbled]… Positive news, there has been more snow around here lately which has accumulated on the Lhotse Face which will help prevent future rockfall.

Today, the team was able to see the Sherpa team over on the Nuptse Face fixing the lines up the Nuptse (7861m/25,791ft) route! So, progress is being made on that front as well. Tomorrow, the majority of the team will be heading down to base camp (5364m/17,598ft) for some recovery before the next rotation.

This is Casey Diener, checking out!


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:

  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.

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

The Madison Mountaineering Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse expedition team is tucked into Camp 2 for the night after another great day in the Western Cwm! The team took a small acclimatization hike and played some games in the team tents. A special ‘happy birthday’ goes out to climber, Tyler Shearburn who celebrated his 43rd birthday today on Mount Everest – we couldn’t think of many better ways to celebrate than spending time in this special place! The team checks in with this dispatch from Camp 2 on Mount Everest:

Hello, this is Madison climber, Tyler Shearburn reporting here from Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft) on Mount Everest (8848m/29,032ft) at 21,300 feet.

Everyone is looking and feeling great! Well, about as good as you can at over 21,000 feet. Today we had an active rest day that included a small acclimatization hike. We also had fellow climber rejoin our climbing group, Casey from Camp 1 (6050m/19,849ft). Our day included some great food from the talented chefs in Camp 2 and some intense Monopoly video games.

Garrett’s allowed me to do this dispatch – it is also my 43rd, 43rd sorry, 43rd birthday today! I wanted to send my love to all my friends and family following our journey on the Madison dispatch. I miss you all and can’t wait to see you upon my return! This is Tyler signing off from Camp 2.


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:

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  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.

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The Madison Mountaineering base camp with a dusting of snow beneath Mount Everest and Nuptse.

All is well for the Madison Mountaineering Himalayan expedition teams! While our Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse team is currently in Camp 2 continuing their acclimatization efforts, the Mountain Cleanup Project team is in base camp preparing to move forward with their summit rotation, cleaning up the different camps along the way. Everyone is in good spirits and there is lots of excitement surrounding the team as we grow closer to the summit push. Expedition guide, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Everest Base Camp:

Hello! This is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering spring, 2024 Everest (8848m/29,032ft), Lhotse (8516m/27,940ft), and Nuptse (7861m/25,791ft) expeditions – today is May 7th. It’s a beautiful day here in base camp (5364m/17,598ft)! We’ve been having some convection each afternoon for the last few days and that’s brought a little dusting of snow each evening here in base camp and the upper mountain. It’s just made for really beautiful conditions here at Mount Everest with fresh, pristine snow on the ground in the morning. Hopefully, it’s also improving climbing conditions up high. It’s been very dry this season, so the mountain could use a little bit of snow.

Right now, Garrett, Aang Phurba, and Cacho are up at Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft) with our main group of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse climbers. They plan to take a rest day at Camp 2 today and then continue acclimatizing probably by climbing part way up the Lhotse Face tomorrow. Our Nuptse climbers will start preparing to move to Nuptse high camp.

I’m in base camp with Nelly Attar, our Lhotse climber and cleaner. We plan to move up to Camp 1 (6050m/19,849ft) tonight, spend a night at Camp 1, then move up to Camp 2 where we’ll work on the majority of our cleanup efforts here at Lhotse. After that we’ll move on up to Camp 3 (7230m/23,720ft) and Camp 4 (7900m/25,919ft), cleaning as we go, and then head for a summit of Lhotse maybe in about a week.

All is well here! Spirits are high and it’s great to be heading up the mountain. We’ll be in touch via inReach, text, or satphone call from the mountain.


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:

  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.

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

The Madison Mountaineering team stayed put in Camp 1 today, doing a hike in the Western Cwm to continue their acclimatization. Snow was a welcome sight on the mountain today and should improve climbing conditions. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from Camp 1:

All good here in C1 (6050m/19,849ft), went for an acclimatization hike today. Finally getting some snow as well! Much needed to cover the icy conditions.


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:

  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.

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

The Madison Mountaineering Everest (8848m/29,032ft), Lhotse (8516m/27,940ft), and Nuptse (7861m/25,791ft) expedition team have arrived in Camp 1! The team moved smoothly through the Khumbu Icefall and looks forward to the coming days of acclimatization and time spent in the Western Cwm. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this brief dispatch from Camp 1:

Greetings from C1 (6050m/19,849ft). We had a nice climb up through the icefall today, everyone is doing well here.


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:

  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.

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The team entering the Khumbu Icefall a few days ago to get acquainted with the initial portion of the route. (Photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering Himalayan expedition teams have set off on their first rotation through the Khumbu Icefall with plans to touch Camp 3 before returning to their base camp, and beginning preparations for their summit push! On a clear and starry night, the team set foot into the icefall navigating through what’s considered one of the most challenging sections on the route. Previous technical training in base camp reviewed the skills the team will need to use to safely and efficiently move through this landscape. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this brief dispatch from the Himalayas:

Hey! This is Garrett checking in for the Madison Mountaineering Everest (8848m/29,032ft), Lhotse (8516m/27,940ft), Nuptse (7861m/25,791ft) climb. We are heading up on our first rotation now to Camp 1 (6050m/19,849ft)! We’re going to spend a couple of nights up there, then head on up to Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft)! It’s a beautiful, starry night. Little rumbles in the distance there… We’re excited to get going! Everyone’s doing well and we’ll check in soon.


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:

  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.

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