Mountain Hardwear Everest Expedition 2019
where it all began
In September 2019, Mountain Hardwear returned to “where it all began,”
sending a peer-voted group of six employees to embark on a ten-day trek to
Everest Base Camp and meet up with a team of climbers—including company
president Joe Vernachio and athletes Tim Emmett and Garrett Madison—as
they prepared for their chance to reach the highest summit on Earth. They
field-tested products along the way, learned firsthand about the community
that enables climbers in Nepal, connected with the places that inspired the
brand’s existence, as well as connected with each other, bringing a
stronger foundation back to Mountain Hardwear’s home base.
In September 2019, Mountain Hardwear returned to “where it all began,” sending a peer-voted group of six employees to embark on a ten-day trek to Everest Base Camp and meet up with a team of climbers—including company president Joe Vernachio and athletes Tim Emmett and Garrett Madison—as they prepared for their chance to reach the highest summit on Earth. They field-tested products along the way, learned firsthand about the community that enables climbers in Nepal, connected with the places that inspired the brand’s existence, as well as connected with each other, bringing a stronger foundation back to Mountain Hardwear’s home base.
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Trekking over suspension bridge shot
trekking together
Mountain Hardwear has been making gear for the high mountains for over a quarter-century, yet most of our team has never seen an 8,000m peak up close. We felt that had to change… Here’s what our trekking team found on their 100-mile journey through the Khumbu Valley.
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Everest Base Camp
home: base camp edition
No one knows better than Garrett Madison, owner of Madison Mountaineering and expedition leader, what it’s like to live at 17,600 feet. Everest Base Camp is his home, and now, we have a rare opportunity to step inside.
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Everest Base Camp - into the Icefall
onward and upward
We all accept some level of risk when we go to the mountains, especially the big mountains, and sometimes we become aware of a significant hazard before it unleashes its fury. If we’re lucky, we get the chance to make a rational decision before disaster strikes. Our climbing team was lucky.
continue following
The expedition may have come to an end, but we will continue to share our experience on Instagram at @mhweverest2019
continue following
The expedition may have come to an end, but we will continue
to share our experience on Instagram at @mhweverest2019
Shop what our team brought with them on the Everest expedition.
Polaroids from the Everest trip
our partners
We celebrate our partners for helping make our dream a reality.