Garrett Madison began guiding professionally in 1999 on Mount Rainier, and is now America’s premier Everest climber and guide. As Expedition Leader…

2017 Everest Climber Testimonials

About Garrett

Garrett Madison began guiding professionally in 1999 on Mount Rainier, and is now America’s premier Everest climber and guide. As Expedition Leader, he has personally lead 37 climbers to the summit of Everest over the last 7 years, more than any other American. In 2011, Garrett led the first expedition in history where climbers succeeded in the Everest – Lhotse combination, reaching the summit of two 8000 meter peaks in less than 24 hours (while personally guiding one climber peak to peak in 21 hours), and again repeated this “double header” in 2013. Garrett is currently the only climber in the world to repeat this “peak to peak” combination, and holds the record for guiding climbers (4) in this endeavor. In 2014, Garrett led the first ever successfully ‘guided’ ascent of K2, arguably the hardest and most dangerous mountain in the world, reaching the summit with 2 climbers and 3 Sherpas on July 27, 2014. Garrett also regularly guides many “7 Summits” expeditions such as Aconcagua, Vinson, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, etc., during the year. In addition, Garrett is regularly involved with film productions on Everest, participating in 4 different features over the last 3 years.

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
A week ago we were at the #summit of #mounteverest enjoying the view on a nice day, knowing that we were only halfway through our journey. I’m happy that we could spend time at the top celebrating the accomplishment, but more thankful that we all made the round trip journey, together in base camp after our climb. #everest2019 #everest #madisonmountaineering #summit #downsuit #mountainhardwear #teamwork #topoftheworld #visitnepal #khumbu #sevensummits


2 weeks ago

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
4 days ago I was savoring one of my favorite views, looking down the summit ridge of Mount Everest, a perfect morning and not many people on the route. Behind and to the left is #Lhotse the 4th highest peak. I’m very thankful that all of our team made it down safely and we are now back in #Kathmandu thanks to helicopter 🚁 transport from base camp. A great team and a great expedition! #madisonmountaineering #mountainhardwear #basecamp #everest #everest2019 #nepal #visitnepal #8848 #summit #mounteverest #khumbu


2 weeks ago

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
On the way down from the summit one of my climbers snapped this photo of me at the ‘south summit’ with my oxygen mask on. It was a little crowded, but we had good weather (I spent an hour and a half at the summit) and we are all now safely back in Everest base camp. Thankful that our team (climbers, guides, Sherpas) are all down safe! #madisonmountaineering #everest #everest2019 #mountainhardwear #basecamp #8848 @joyceazzam7s


3 weeks ago

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
Summit of #MountEverest this morning at 7 AM with my team!! I was very fortunate to share my 10th visit to the top of the world with a great team of #climbers, #sherpa, and #mountainguides! Now our team is all back at the #SouthCol, Camp 4, at nearly 26,000 ft. / 8000m on #everest and likely going to spend a night before heading down in the morning to camp 2. #madisonmountaineering #mountainhardwear #everest2019 #gratitude #teamwork #sagarmatha #chomolungma #8848 #visitnepal #nepal2019


3 weeks ago

Significant Ascents & Expeditions


  • Everest (7 expeditions / ascents)
  • K2 (1 expedition / ascent)
  • Mt. Rainier (over 183 ascents)
  • Lhotse, 4th highest (2 ascents)
  • Makalu expedition (5th highest)
  • Manaslu expedition (8th highest)
  • Cho Oyu expedition (6th highest)
  • Aconcagua (11 expeditions)
  • Denali (3 expeditions)
  • Mt. Vinson, Antarctica (10 expeditions)
  • Kilimanjaro, Africa (3 expeditions)
  • Ama Dablam, Nepal (3 expeditions)
  • Mexico Volcanoes (6 expeditions)
  • Ecuador Volcanoes (2 expedition)
  • Peru (Cordillera Blanca)
  • Numerous climbs in Washington State (Mt. Baker, Shuksan, Olympus, North Cascades, etc.)

Personal Climbs

  • 6 ascents of Mont Blanc
  • 1 ascent of the Matterhorn
  • 1 attempt of Mt. Nuptse, Nepal (reached 7200 meters)


  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Level 2 Avalanche Forecasting for Guides
  • Leave No Trace Trainer


Leading 7 expeditions to Mt. Everest and having observed hundreds of climbers in challenging situations on the mountain, Garrett Madison has identified which techniques work, and more importantly which techniques do not work, in scaling the world’s highest Peak. Garrett articulates his strategy for success and survival on Everest, and touches on the following topics:

  • How to lead a diverse group of individuals through challenging circumstances and achieve success.
  • The Everest & Lhotse combination climb.
  • How to mitigate risk on Everest and the high mountains.
  • Garrett’s recent successful climb of K 2, the world’s second highest peak.

Garrett Madison’s presentation will engage your audience like never before as he recounts real life events that have shaped his strategy for success on Everest, with stunning video and photo content that will bring you directly to the mountain.


What a great presentation! Everyone was riveted during your talk! The images were outstanding and your message really resonated with everyone. Several people told me that this was the best dinner speaker ever. I think you inspired some future mountain climbers!

Tom Balistreri
Tom BalistreriPresident MUHS Fathers Club

It was terrific. The slides were amazing and his presentation was very tight and engaging

Garrett’s presentation was great. It was informative to those of us who may never reach that pinnacle of climbing

I loved every minute of Garrett’s presentation. It was just long enough to get a feel for what the climbs were like and short enough to keep my interest (I do not have a long attention span!) I believe that an audience of any interest level in climbing would find his talk very interesting

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