Cho-Oyu

(26,906ft/8,201m) Tibet

Cho-Oyu 2013 Guide Team

Cho-Oyu Guiding Team (based on 6 climber Team)
We are pleased to announce that Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Ben Jones will be leading Alpine Ascents 2013 Cho-Oyu Expedition. Lakpa with over 10 ascents of Cho Oyu - 17 ascents of Everest, has served to lead many of Alpine Ascents Himalayan expeditions. Lakpa has been lives in the US with his family and leads many of our international climbs such as Aconcagua and Vinson as well as in Washington State. Brien Sheedy and Lakpa successfully led our 2011 Cho-Oyu Expedition.

20+Years of Service Lakpa Rita Sherpa
Senior Guide: International & Mountaineering School

Lakpa's climbing and guiding achievements are significant, with 17 summits of Mt. Everest on over 23 expeditions (a record 253 climbers on the summit under his leadership) seven guided summits of Cho-Oyu and numerous other peaks in Nepal. He also been our high camp manager and guide on Aconcagua and Denali and has guided numerous peaks in the Cascades including Mount Baker and Rainier. Currently, Lakpa and his family reside in Seattle. He is a guide, leader and friend of the highest quality. Lakpa summited Mount Vinson twice as a leader of our 2003-2004 Vinson Team. He also is known as "The Best Sirdar in the Khumbu", and has been working with us for the past twenty years. His legendary strength is veiled by his charm and humility. As Sirdar (Sherpa captain) he directs and organizes our team of Sherpa for every Himalayan expedition. Possessing unparalleled expertise in the mountains, Lakpa is one of the only Sherpa working as a full-time Mountain Guide around the world. In February 2009, Lakpa became the first Sherpa, and first Nepali to climb the Seven Summits. Here he is on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Recently Lakpa guided our successful 2011 Cho-Oyu Team and 2013 Everest Teams. Lakpa was recently named one of Outside Magazine's Adventurers of The Year for 2013. Most recently Lakpa led our 2013 Cho-Oyu team to the summit.
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Significant Ascents

Everest 17 summits over 23 expeditions.
Cho-Oyu 12 summits
Shishapangma 1 summit
Pumori 1 summit
Elbrus 1 summit
Baruntse 2 summit
Aconcagua 26 summits
Vinson 2 summits
Kilimanjaro 1 summit
Denali 2 summits
Guide on K2 and Broad Peak, Annapurna South Face, Manaslu, Dhaulagri and Maklu.
Rainier 30 summits.
First Sherpa to climb the seven summits.

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder

5+Years of Service Ben Jones
Senior Guide: International, Denali, Mount Rainier, Mountaineering School

Ben Jones has spent the last 10 years working as a professional guide and instructor in Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, Norway, Argentina, Nepal, Tanzania, Indonesia and Mexico. Ben is competent on rock, ice, and snow but spends a majority of his time in the snow. Ben has instructed courses in mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and horsepacking. While teaching mountaineering at National outdoor leadership school, Ben got to extensively explore the glaciers of the Chugach mountains, Wrangells, eastern Alaska range, and remote mountains in British Columbia as well as in Wyoming and Idaho. In the off season, while residing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and when not traveling and exploring different countries around the world Ben's hobbies include skiing, climbing, metal work, fixing things, and practicing Spanish, and Swahili. Ben guides for us on Kilimanjaro (8 times in the past two years), in Alaska, South America, in the Himalayas and most of the 7 summits. Recently, Ben summited Lhotse, and guided for our 2012 Everest Trek and Island Peak and our 2011 & 2013 Mount Everest Expeditions where this year he guided the Everest/Lhotse combo in less than 24 hours. Most recently Ben led our 2013 and 2014 Cho-Oyu team to the summit.

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Significant Ascents

2 ascents of Everest (2 guided, 2011, 2013) 29,035ft
2 ascents of Lhotse (1 personal, 2012; 1 guided 2013) 27,940ft
2 ascent of Cho-Oyu (2 guided 2013, 2014) 26,906ft
1 ascent of Carstensz Pyramid (guided, 2012) 16,023ft
6 ascents of Denali, West Buttress and Muldrow Glacier (4 expeditions guided 1 personal) 20,320ft
9 ascents of Aconcagua (8 expeditions, guided) 22,829ft
12 ascents of Kilimanjaro (guided) 19,340ft
2 ascents of Island Peak (guided, 2012) 20,305ft
4 Everest base camp treks
2 ascents of Orizaba, Mexico (guided) 18,850ft
2 ascents of Iztaccihuatl, Mexico (guided) 17,343ft
30+ ascents of Mt. Rainier, 14,411ft
6 ascents of Mt. Baker
3 ascents of Mt. Shuksan
2 ascents of Mt. Hood
1 ascent of Mt. Stuart, Washington, North Ridge
1 ascent of Tharpu Chuli, Nepal 18,579ft.
1 Ski decent of Mt. Moran
1 Ski decent of Mt. Rainier
3 ascents of Grand Teton

Certifications

WEMT (EMT and WFR) / CPR for the professional Rescuer
Level II Avalanche
Leave No Trace Master Trainer