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70 — the new 50: Everest Base Camp Trek/​congrats to Barbara and Ben!

Bar­bara Ges­saman and Dr. Ben Eidel­man were both part of our trek group this fall, and they made it to Ever­est Base Camp in high spir­its! With con­sis­tent train­ing and a Sher­pa handy, they were safe and suc­cess­ful with Moun­tain Madness.

Everest Base camp Trek - 2011

It’s an expe­ri­ence not to be missed because of the unri­valed scenery and splen­did vis­tas of the Himalayas. The expe­ri­ence was enriched by the group cama­raderie and facil­i­tat­ed by an extreme­ly well-oiled orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides good sup­port and out­stand­ing lead­er­ship. If you are an expe­ri­enced hik­er and stay fit and train for the trip, you can make it to Ever­est Base Camp. Thanks Moun­tain Madness!!”

—Dr. Ben Eidel­man (age 71), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

This was the expe­ri­ence of a life­time. It does­n’t com­pare to my oth­er climbs, some of which have been to high­er alti­tudes. This was the ulti­mate in per­son­al achieve­ment because it was a phys­i­cal, men­tal, and emo­tion­al chal­lenge. Hik­ing with the Moun­tain Mad­ness staff is what made it pos­si­ble. I could­n’t have done it with­out the sup­port and encour­age­ment from every­one at Moun­tain Madness!!” 

—Bar­bara Ges­saman (age 76), Colum­bus, Ohio

—Deana Zabal­do, Moun­tain Mad­ness Trip Leader