Horter Investment Management is all about giving back to local heroes. We are honored to be sponsoring Matt Brennan and his quest of climbing the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
May 17, 2019
Here is our entire summit team.
Update! Summit Push
May 16, 2019
“UPDATE!!!! We are leaving 5/18 at 1:00 am for our summit push. God willing we should be at or near the summit on May 23 at approximately 8:00 am Nepal time. You can follow along on the Alpine Ascents web page- cybercast. Namaste. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Greetings from Namche Bazaar!
May 13, 2019
“Greetings from Namche Bazaar! Last night here and a bed and bathroom. Tomorrow we fly back up to basecamp and prepare for our summit attempt. Looks like we will head up the mountain somewhere between 5/17 and 5/19 with a summit window of 5/22 to 5/25. It’s been nice hanging in Namche where we see some green- trees and grass. But tomorrow it’s back to reality- basecamp and 17,500’. Still a lot of work to do to summit this mountain. #unfinishedbusiness” – Matt Brennan
May 11, 2019
“Here you go. The Lhotse Face is no joke. It’s 4,000 vertical feet of mostly ice. One slip and they pick you up at the bottom. No questions asked.” – Matt Brennan
Rotation 2 is the books
May 11, 2019
“Rotation 2 is in the books. 1 night at Camp 1 and three nights at Camp 2- including climbing to 23,000 on no oxygen. We are now in Namche Bazaar (11,300’) resting for three days. We left Camp 2 at 2:00 am and made it to basecamp in under 5 hours. Then boarded a helicopter for Namche. Looking to go for the summit on or around 5/18. It’s going to get interesting. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Lindt Chocolate & Mount Everest
May 6, 2019
“Thanks to my neighbor and good friend Remco Ten Brink and the folks at Lindt Chocolate for sending a couple of boxes of bars with me to Everest. This is the best chocolate in the world and a huge hit with our Sherpa team! On top of the world with the best chocolate in the world. A perfect combination. #lindtchocolate, #everesttested, #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Cyclone Fani To Pass
May 4, 2019
“We are stuck in basecamp right now waiting for Cyclone Fani to clear out so we can complete our next rotation. Looks like we are moving up on 5/6.” – Matt Brennan
Matt Brennan With The Horter Investment Flag
May 2, 2019
“Special thanks goes out to my good friends Drew K. Horter and Jack Peters and all the professionals at Horter Investment Management for their sponsorship and support of my Everest and 7 Summits journey. This flag is headed to the top with me! Looking forward to a strategy session with you two guys at Tony’s when I get back!!! #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Hello from Basecamp
May 1, 2019
“Hello from basecamp. We have been spending the last few days on acclimatization “hikes” up to Pumori Camp 1 at 18,500’ and enjoying the views of Everest and the Khumbu Valley. We are fairly well rested now and it looks like rotation 2 has been pushed back to May 5 or 6. This is in part due to an impending weather issue but also an attempt to avoid other teams on the mountain. It’s a strategy game right now. The lines have not yet been fixed to the summit so nobody has “summited” Everest this year from the south side. That’s likely to change in the next week to 10 days-at least we hope. Until then we’re hanging in basecamp, eating 3 meals a day, and spending 4 hours a day hiking/climbing in the worlds greatest mountain range. Not bad. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Good Morning From Base Camp
April 28, 2019
“Good morning from basecamp. Well the Western Cmw can go from -10 degrees to 80 degrees with a simple sunrise. We completed rotation 1 to Camp 2 at 21,500’ and logged 26 hours of climbing time in 6 days. Nothing a good nights rest at basecamp can’t fix. Looks like rotation 2 is set for May 2. The next 3 weeks are critical! #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Mount Everest Team at the Lhotse Face
April 28, 2019
“Our team at the base of the Lhotse face. We head back there on May 2 and will ascend to Camp 3 at 23,000’” – Matt Brennan
Camp 1 Today
April 23, 2019
“Rest and acclimatization day at Camp 1 today. We went for a couple hour climb above Camp 1 today over a few ladders and up and down a few ice cliffs. The team is doing great! Tomorrow we will rest here again and go on a very similar hike before heading to Camp 2 the following day. Camp 1 is 19,500ft and Camp 2 is at around 21,500ft.” – Ben Jones (Expedition Leader)
No Roads in the Khumbu Valley
April 20, 2019
“Most don’t realize that there are no roads in the Khumbu valley. I haven’t seen a vehicle in three weeks. Supplies are brought here in one of three ways-1) on a yak/donkey 2) on someone’s back or 3) by helicopter. So literally everything you see was brought in the Valley and most likely by a porter. I call the Khumbu the “helicopter highway” because when the skies are clear they are landing helicopters every few minutes right over your head- dropping off base camp supplies, picking up sick or hurt climbers/trekkers, removing refuse etc. It’s an impressive site watching the helicopters navigate the Valley.” – Matt Brennan
April 19, 2019
“The Khumbu icefall is no joke. It’s 6+ hours of hard work and scary crevasses. I’m not lying when I say that this place makes me nervous. Be glad to get all the way through it and put 1 of 6 times we have to go through this area behind me.” – Matt Brennan #unfinishedbusiness.
April 18, 2019
“Hello from base camp. We hiked yesterday backs towards Gorak Shep after two days of snow showers. Today we are hiking up into the icefall-which we understand is very difficult this year. It looks like we head up on our first rotation on 4/22 which will consist of 3 days at Camp 1 and 2 days at Camp 2. It’s been very cold at night in base camp this year so hopefully warmer weather is headed our way. More later.” – Matt Brennan
April 16, 2019
“Final day of ladder practice in the Khumbu today. Warm, sunny weather but looking like snow for a couple days ahead.” – Ben Jones
Training was halted due to weather.
April 14, 2019
“Training was halted today due to weather. It’s been a little “iffy” the last few days with snow showers each afternoon. Still getting acclimated to living at 17,500’ which is no joke.” – Matt Brennan #unfinishedbusiness
Matt arrives at Everest Base Camp
April 10, 2019
“Greetings from Everest base camp. We arrived on April 8 and have moved into our tents- our homes for the next 7 weeks. We have our Puja ceremony tomorrow asking the mountain for permission to climb and it looks like we will tentatively head up the mountain for our first rotation on April 19. All good.” – Matt Brennan #unfinishedbusiness.
Matt arrives in Lobuche
April 7, 2019
“Hello from Lobuche. Our last stop until base camp. We hiked 5 hours in a small snow storm and arrived in good shape. Trying to stay healthy is everything on the trek in. Your body cannot recover from illness at 17,500’ so I am being super careful on the trek. We arrive in base camp tomorrow and I’m looking forward to moving into my tent-my home for the next 7 weeks. All good here in the Khumbu valley and the majestic peaks of the Himalaya.” – Matt Brennan #unfinishedbusiness.
Matt arrives in Dingboche
April 5, 2019
“Good morning from Dingboche. We are at 14,500’. Just a few more days to base camp. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Matt arrives in Tengebouche
April 3, 2019
“Arrived in Tengebouche after a stout 5 hour trek. Enjoy some of the scenery. Everest is still 5 days away but she is starting to come into view. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Matt arrives in Thame
April 2, 2019
“Good morning from Thame. Headed out today and working our way to base camp. Incredible scenery from this remote village in the Khumbu. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Matt arrives in Khumjung
April 2, 2019
“Arrived in Khumjung this afternoon after a 5 hour trek. Bittersweet to be back as this was the place I got hurt last year. Needless to say it will be good to get out of here tomorrow morning with this place behind me- despite its incredible beauty. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
Matt arrives in Namche
March 31, 2019
“Good morning from Namche. Pictures don’t do it justice. Headed to Thame today and off the beaten path. #unfinishedbusiness.” – Matt Brennan
March 28, 2019
Matt Brennan and the team he will be climbing Mount Everest with this year.
Rob Williams is talking with Matt Brennan, a Loveland man, who is getting ready to climb Mount Everest.