Mark Gunlogson on Mt. Erie. Dylan Taylor photo
Scott Fischer (mid-left), Keith Boskoff (middle), Christine Boskoff (mid-right) in Pakistan. MM photo
Mark Gunlogson collection
Mark Gunlogson on the summit of Mera Peak, Nepal. Mark Gunlogson photo
Scott Fischer on Mount Everest, 1994. Mountain Madness photo
Christine Boskoff on Mt. Elbrus, Russia. Anatoliy Savejko photo
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Christine Boskoff

Chris was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, and spent her childhood years keeping up with her older brothers. In high school she excelled in sports. She put herself through the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where she was one of a very few female engineering students. After graduating, she was hired by Lockheed in Atlanta at age 24. “I began climbing the wall at Lockheed,” she laughed, “and then realized that I could climb the walls at the indoor gym in Atlanta.” There, she met Keith Boskoff, an experienced climber and successful architect (15 years her senior) who cherished her. Keith took her to Ecuador, where they climbed on the country’s high-altitude volcanoes. Shortly thereafter, Chris quit her job, married Keith, and committed to climbing full-time.

In 1997 they took over the leadership of Mountain Madness. They used their climbing experience and love for people and the mountains to continue Scott Fischer’s dream of bringing the beauty and excitement of adventure to anyone who wished it. Sadly, Keith passed away in 1999.

Chris was one of the premier female alpinists in the world. She climbed six of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks -- Everest, Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II, Lhotse, Shishapangma and Broad Peak. She also climbed six of the Seven Summits—Aconcagua, Carstensz Pryamid, Elbrus, Everest, Kilimanjaro and Vinson Massif.

In December 2006 she and her climbing partner, Charlie Fowler, were scheduled to return from a personal climbing adventure in the Sichuan Province of China. When they didn't, it was with great concern that our office began the effort to determine their whereabouts, an effort that ultimately led to Genyen Peak. Once there, the search and rescue team found Charlie's body at the base of the north face. Christine remained missing until the summer, but a recovery effort then was hampered by poor weather and rock fall hazards to the recovery team. In September 2007, with improved conditions for the recovery team, she was recovered and her remains cremated in China for return home to the U.S.

For many, her success as a female climber will standout as an inspiration and serve as a role model. The inspiration lies not directly in her success as a climber, but in her decision to follow her dreams. Leaving a well paying job as an aeronautical engineer, Chris discarded convention and took a chance that would not only lead her to the highest peaks of the world but offer her a vehicle to share her passion - she purchased a high-risk business with low margins. In the end though, what she leaves behind for all, is a viable company named Mountain Madness and a vision to follow - to get out there and follow your passion!