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Mountain Madness Everest Expedition 2002

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Mountain 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.

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Scott 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.

Mountain Madness continues with Scott's dream of assisting climbers to the top of the world.  Christine 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.