The president and founder of Madison Mountaineering, Garret Madison had lead six successful expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest before the back-to-back natural disasters in 2014 and 2015 stopped him. This season, he’s back at Base Camp with a team of 15 climbers, most of them Americans, and a support crew of 20 Sherpas. Six of his clients are repeats from the aborted 2014 and 2015 seasons. His team will attempt to summit from the south side, as they’ve always done in the past. After Everest, Madison will immediately tackle Lhotse, a neighboring 8,000-meter peak, with two of his Everest clients. Madison has attempted the double-header twice before, in 2011 and 2013, and was successful both times; a feat no other guide has repeated.
Madison's Biggest Challenge: “We’re hoping for overall safety, success, and an enjoyable experience for all. At Base Camp, everyone is hoping and praying for a good season. Many of us have lost friends, family, loved ones the last two years. So we all just want a safe climb. Our biggest challenge right now is the icefall — the route has changed several times in the last week due to large collapses, the ice fall doctors have had to reroute.”