Welcome to the Mountain Madness Everest 2004 Expedition! Willie Benegas,
expedition leader, will be leading our strong climbing team to the top of
Everest this year. Team members will be leaving for Kathmandu in the next
couple days and meeting in Kathmandu on the 28th. They plan to take 9 days to
base camp and will arrive April 7th. The group will spend one month
establishing camps 1, 2 and 3 before they will be ready for their summit
attempt some time in May. Our base camp manager Sarah Henley will be providing
the dispatches for the climb.
Willie Benegas was born and raised in Argentina and is among the elite of
world-class mountain guides. His list of accomplishments is extraordinary,
from first ascents in Patagonia, where he developed his passion for mountains
early in life, to Baffin Island, Cho Oyu and Mount Everest. Willie has guided
over 15 years across the globe with 3 successful ascents of Everest and 30
ascents of Aconcagua. He is member of the North Face Athlete Team. Recently
Willie received the Golden Piton Award for his achievement climbing new
difficult route on Nuptse west face with his brother Damien.
Murray Rice, (Seattle, WA) has climbed throughout North America, including
the Tetons, Canadian Rockies, Alaska, and in his backyard in the Cascades. In
addition, Murray has taken part on expeditions to K2 and Everest. Murray has
been on a number Denali expeditions. This is Murray's first expedition with
Gene Rehfeld, (Denver, CO) has climbed 4 of the 7 summits, the highest
point on each continent. Gene who is a cream cheese dealer, brings along a
great sense of humor. This is Gene's sixth trip with Mountain Madness.
Gary Ponder, (Annardale, NJ) has also climbed 4 of the 7 summits. This is
Gary's 6th trip with Mountain Madness as well.
Sarah Henley, (Bend OR) will be handling our base camp logistics. She will
send us up-to-date cybercasts as events happen on Mt. Everest.
Sarah has a wealth of experience with outdoor groups.
Casey Henley, (Bend, OR) trekking leader, will be leading the trekkers that
are joining the climbers on the walk into basecamp. Casey has climbed
throughout North and South America. His experience in Nepal includes leading
trips on the beautiful Ama Dablam.
Our trekkers this year will consist of two groups, the first joining the
climbers for the walk in to basecamp and the second walking in and hopefully
timing their arrival just as the climbers return to basecamp.
This year's trekkers include;
Alan Northcutt, Waco, TX
Robert Whitfield, Fayetteville,AR
Wendy Dean, Littleton, CO
Didier Sourbes, Littleton, CO
Anny Lau, Lake Forest, CA
Steve Ho, Lake Forest, CA
Robert Nieman, Winnipeg, Canada
Anne Music, Dallas, TX
Guiliano De Marchi, Sao Paulo,
Ricardo De Marchi, Sao Paulo,
Warren Mcinteer, Glasgow, Scotland
We wish the climbers and trekkers a safe and successful trip and welcome
visitors to our cybercast. All the best and happy climbing and trekking to
all, CHRISTINE BOSKOFF