Scott Fischer

Scott Fischer

Early Life:

Born on December 24, 1955. Scott Eugene Fischer was a renowned American mountaineer and mountain guide. Born on the Muskegon, on the state of Michigan, belonging to German, Dutch and Hungarian ancestry, he spent his early life in Michigan and New Jersey. He became inspired by a TV documentary he watched in 1970, National Outdoor Leadership School, he then headed to the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming for the summer. He started spending time in the mountains, particularly his summers with NOLC.  Eventually, he became a full time senior NOLS instructor.


Scott then started his life as a mountaineer and a mountain guide.  He started exploring around the world and conquering mountains from then. In 1977, he had a severe accident while he was climbing an ice formation while attending the ice climbing seminar in Utah. He took a chunk out of his foot while swinging an ice axe when he was falling off the ice but, it didn’t stop him from chasing his dreams. In 1984, Fischer was with Krause and they were the second ever team to scale the Breach Icicle on Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. After the success, Fischer along with his two close friends, Wes Krause and Michael Allision, founded Mountain Madness, the thing that they always had dreamed about, an adventure travel service company which helped them to explore and also help other people experience the adventure with their guidance. After the company was founded, they started taking clients for climbing around highest mountain peaks of the world. In 1992, Fischer and co. went out to climb K2 as a part of a Russian- American expedition. Disaster happened as Fischer fell into a crevasse while climbing and tore the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. It was serious and the doctor had advised not to take any further mountaineering risk but, against the advice of the doctor, Fischer spent two weeks trying to get back. He then asked his climbing partner Ed Viesturs to tape his shoulder to his waist so it wouldn’t continue to dislocate and then he resumed the climb using only his left arm. Fischer didn’t reach the summit then but later conquered K2 with Ed Viesturs on their second attempt without supplemental oxygen. During the descent, they encountered Rob Hall and Gary Ball for the first time, who were suffering from altitude sickness at camp ||. They helped Ball, who required help to reach the base.

Mountain Madness did a lot work to help for charity. Fischer guided the 1993 expedition to Denali, which was a Climb for Cure campaign in Alaska, organized by eight students at Princeton University. The expedition was really helpful and was a success as it helped raise $280,000 for the American Foundation for AIDS research.

It was in 1994, Fischer made his greatest mountaineering achievement, as he climbed Mt. Everest with Rob Hess without supplemental oxygen. Climbing Everest without supplemental oxygen gained them a lot of recognition as it is one of the hardest things to do. Along with the climb, they also formed a part of the expedition which worked on removing trash and discarded oxygen bottles that got left behind by climbers. They removed 5000 pounds of trash and 150 discarded oxygen bottles from Everest. By that time, Scott Fischer had climbed six of the seven summits excluding the Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Along with the team, he was awarded the David Brower Conservation Award to all members of that expedition.  In 1996, Fischer along with the Mountain Madness team guided a fundraising climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.  It was at May 1996, when the Everest disaster struck that, Fischer died when descending from the Everest when caught in a blizzard.