Madness of Seattle, Washington announces its team of
six climbers ready for a pre-monsoon ascent of
Mount Everest. Team members Julio Bird, Andy
Colyer, Gary Ponder, and Matthew Holt arrive in
Katmandu on March 27th and begin their march in on
March 29th with a trekking support group led by
Mountain Madness guide Raleigh Coburn. Everest
expedition guides are Hector Ponce de Leon
and Charlie Fowler. Hector hails from Mexico
and is an accomplished high altitude guide with
ascents of Everest, Gasherbrum II, and Cho Oyu.
Hector has climbed the south face of Shishapangma
and was thwarted by poor conditions on K2 twice,
once on the Abruzzi Ridge and the other on the North
Ridge. Veteran guide Charlie Fowler has been guiding
for the past 25 years. He has summitted Cho
Oyu twice and climbed the southwest face of
Shishapangma, among many other accomplishments,
including difficult first ascents in Patagonia.
Four climbing Sherpas will be supporting the
climbers including 8 time Everest summiter Lakpa
Gelu, 6 times Everest summiter Lama Jangbu and 7th
times summiter Nima Gombu.
Fisher founded Mountain Madness in 1984. In May of
1996, Scott climbed Everest for a second time while
leading others to the 8,850-meter summit.
In the now well known story, Scott would
perish high on Everest during a savage storm that
developed during the group's descent.
Madness continues with Scott's dream of assisting
climbers to the top of the world.
Boskoff, director of Mountain Madness, is one
of few female adventure travel business owners and
is an accomplished mountaineer with six 8,000-meter
peaks to her credit.
Christine strives for excellence as owner of
Mountain Madness as well.
Her goal is to provide clients an experience
of a lifetime and the highest quality service
available on 8,000-meter peaks.