2010 Shared Summits Makalu Expedition

The 2010 Shared Summits Makalu Expedition is on it’s way. Read the blog, see the pictures and watch the videos on

The World’s 5th Highest Mountain

(8,485 meters – 27,838 feet )

Makalu, the “Great Black”, has been summited 323 times: only 13 times by Americans. The last time a new route was completed on Makalu was in 1997. It isn’t that Makalu is totally ignored, it is really hard. Almost every ascent is made by the French Route on the North Western side. Like most 8000 meter climbs, it is accomplished with the help of Sherpas, bottled Oxygen and big teams.

Our plan is to attempt to climb a new route on this giant peak. Our team is small, just two climbers. Chris Warner and Marty Schmidt are among the leading American 8000 meter climbers, with over 40 years of experience in the Himalaya, and over 55 years of exploring the world’s mountains.

Meet the Makalu team