Mount Everest 2017 guide Brent Bishop, the son of the late legendary climber Barry Bishop, was the first American legacy to follow in his father’s footsteps and summit Mt. Everest. Brent first reached the summit of Everest in 1994, and again climbed the mountain in the 2002, with the National Geographic Mt. Everest Expedition that marked the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain. National Geographic produced the documentary, Surviving Everest, based on this climb. Brent attempted the technical West Ridge on Everest in 2012 and took part in the documentary, High and Hollowed. He was back on Everest in 2016, successfully guiding and filming for Madison Mountaineering. In 1994 Brent co-founded, the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition (SEE), an organization committed to cleaning trash off the slopes of Everest. Brent has run SEE since 1994, and since its inception, the organization has removed more than 25,000 pounds of trash from the mountain.
Brent was born in Washington, D.C. in 1966 and began climbing as a child with his father on the East Coast and Rocky Mountains, and he has been climbing ever since. Brent’s climbing and work as a guide has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Antarctic. Brent received the Lowell Thomas Award from The Explorers Club, the international professional exploration society. The award recognizes explorers who have distinguished themselves in unique and distinct ways. Brent is also the recipient of the American Alpine Club’s, David Brower Award, presented for environmental achievement.
Our standard Everest and Lhotse climbing team have finished the first rotation on the mountain, spending 2 nights at Camp 1 and 3 nights at Camp 2 to acclimatize and familiarize ourselves with the climbing route. We are now in base camp resting and preparing for our second rotation. Climbers are enjoying base camp, taking hot showers, eating fresh food at every meal, and reading or watching films as we recover from our time spent up high on the mountain at over 21,000’. Here are some reports from our climbers:
Lisa: “I felt so good at camp 2, I wanted to just keep going!”
Stuart: “I really enjoyed the climb through the icefall, and the time up at camp 2, I’m enjoying my rest time at base camp, we have a great team and looking forward to heading back up!”
Nick: “It’s cold up there at Camp 2, but I know I will be alright!”
Ankur: “Each rotation up the mountain is like an expedition itself.”
Jeff: “I felt safe and protected throughout the rotation up through the icefall and at Camp 2.”
Joel: “I’m amazed by the Sherpa, their strength, stamina, friendliness, willingness to serve and pleasant attitudes.”
Jim: “Commitment to team and a day at a time!”
Our Private Everest climbing team has arrived and is preparing for the first rotation up the mountain. The climbers have used the Hypoxico system to pre-acclimatize, and have reduced 3 weeks from the expedition by doing so.
Andrew and Fred are managing the virtual reality (VR) Everest project and have been working hard capturing content the last 3 weeks, covering the trek to base camp, Everest Base Camp, and the Khumbu Icefall climbing route up to Camp 1. Fred will continue filming up the mountain as we climb higher, hopefully capturing the first ever VR from the summit of Mount Everest!
Our 18 Sherpa climbers are also resting after working hard to establish our Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face. Things are moving fast and it looks like the fixed lines might be up to the summit by early May. Our base camp cook team (8 Nepali staff) is taking good care of us by cooking fresh & hearty meals! We’ve lost a few pounds up high so we need to replenish!
Madison Mountaineering 2016 Everest Team
Guide Team for standard Everest (& Lhotse) program:
Guide Team for Private Everest climb:
VR Everest Film Team:
-Fred Alldredge (high altitude camera man)
-Tundu Sherpa (high altitude camera assistant)
Everest Base Camp Manager & VR Digital Asset Manager: