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
At the summit of #mounteverest just a few days ago we saw the ‘shadow of the mountain’ as the sun popped up over the eastern horizon. It was a bit chilly at 5 AM but we had the top and the views all to ourselves. The hard work was worth it! #everest2018 #summit


3 days ago

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
All of our Everest climbers are now safely back in base camp, enjoying the comforts of our camp and savoring our summit success! We plan to depart soon for Kathmandu, tonight we will be celebrating in style with our sherpa team here in Everest base camp! #everest2018 #climbers #sherpa #celebration #everestbasecamp @madisonmtng


4 days ago

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
Our team members summited Mount Lhotse , 4th highest mountain in the world today at 9:15 am. They are on the way to Camp 2. All the team members and Sherpas are strong and healthy . They will descend tomorrow from Camp 2. #lhotse2018 #summit #nepal #sherpa #day45


6 days ago

Garrett Madison
Garrett Madison
Our main team of climbers has reached the summit of Mount Everest at 5:00 am(1st Group) & 6:35 am (2nd Group) today (18th May)! Team Members: Mr. Garrett Madison, Mr. Joshua Joseph Miller, Mr Randolph Kidder Luskey(1st Group) Mr. Conan Tundra Bliss , Mr. Matthew David Kernan, Mr. Tym Douglas Blanchard, Mr. David Scott Landman, Mr. Sidney McCord Pattinson(2nd Group) Mountaineering Guides: Mr. Siddhi Bahadur Tamang , Mr. Mingma Sherpa, Mr. Ang Phurba Sherpa(1st Group) Mr. Pasang Tenzing Sherpa , Mr. Pas-Dawa Sherpa , Mr. Lakpa-Dendi Sherpa , Mr. Sher-Bahadur Thapa Magar, Mr. Mingma Shona Sherpa (2nd Group) They reported good conditions and are on their way down to the South Col high camp , if possible then to the Camp 2 ,where they will spend the night. Kenton & the team fly to Kathmandu this morning . #everest2018 #summit #team #climbers #madisonmountaineering #sherpas #day44


1 week 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, President MUHS Fathers Club

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