Ben Jones

    Ben Jones

    Senior Guide: International, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Denali, Mount Rainier, Mountaineering School

    Ben Jones has been guiding for us on Kilimanjaro for the last 7 years and boasts a 100% success rate on the mountain (18 summits, 18 expeditions).  For the rest of the year, Ben can be found guiding in Alaska, Antarctica, South America, in the Himalayas and most of the 7 summits.  Ben 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 proficient on rock, ice, and snow but spends a majority of his time in the snow on high glaciated peaks. Ben has instructed courses in mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and horse packing. 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, practicing Spanish, and Swahili.

    Recently Ben has been very active in the Himalayas.   He guided Everest in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 notably guiding the Everest/Lhotse combo in less than 24 hours in 2013.   He also led our Cho-Oyu expeditions in 2013 and 2014.   With yet another busy year planned in store,  Ben will also leading expeditions to Carstenz Pyramid,  Cho-Oyu, and Kilimanjaro as well as guiding 3 Vinson expeditions to round out his season as one of the most active guides in the industry.

    Significant Ascents

    • 18 ascents of Kilimanjaro (15 expeditions guided)
    • 6 ascents of Everest, 7 expeditions (guided 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
    • 2 ascents of Lhotse (personal 2012, guided 2013)
    • 1 ascent of Everest and Lhotse in less than 24 hours (guided 2013)
    • 2 ascents of Cho-Oyu (guided 2013, 2014)
    • 7 ascents of Denali, West Buttress and Muldrow Glacier routes (5 expeditions guided 1 personal)
    • 11 ascents of Aconcagua (12 expeditions guided)
    • 1 ascent of Carstensz Pyramid (guided, 2012)
    • 2 ascents of Orizaba, Mexico (guided)
    • 2 ascents of Iztaccihuatl, Mexico (guided)
    • 1 ascent of Khuiten, Mongolia (guided)
    • 2 ascents of Island Peak, Nepal (guided, 2012, 2013)
    • 1 ascent of Lobuche East, Nepal
    • First ascent of Mustang Himal in Mustang, Nepal (2014)
    • 5 Everest Basecamp treks
    • 4 Machu Picchu Lodge treks ( guided 2014, 2015)
    • 30+ ascents of Mt. Rainier
    • Mt. Baker (6), Mt Shuksan (3), Mt Hood (2)
    • Mt. Stuart, Washington, North Ridge
    • 1 ascent of Tharpu Chuli, Nepal
    • 1 Ski decent of Mt. Moran
    • 1 Ski decent of Mt. Rainier
    • 3 ascents of The Grand Teton (2 in summer, 1 in winter)


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

    I have to say, that I can only speak of Alpine Ascents, the Seattle office, Gordon Janow, Joe in equipment, Chris, Ellen Cravens and Eric Murphy in superlatives. From the first phone call with Chris, through the end of our trip, and followup, our experience with Alpine Ascents has been great, without reproach. At every step of the way, we felt that fine attention was given to our every need.

    Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

    • 2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

      Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

    • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

      by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

    • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

      by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

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