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Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

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 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. Ben guides for us on Kilimanjaro (8 times in the past two years), in Alaska, South America, in the Himalayas and most of the seven summits. Recently Ben has been vary active in the Himalayas , as he summited Lhotse, and guided for our 2012 Everest Trek and Island Peak and our 2011 & 2013 Mount Everest Expeditions where he guided the Everest/Lhotse combo in less than 24 hours. Ben Led Ch0-Oyu in 2013 and 2014 and most recently led our 2016 Everest team with 100% success. Active in 2016,  Ben will be leading Everest, Denali, Mongolia, Cho-Oyu, and Kilimanjaro to round out his season as one of the most active guides in the industry.

10-year

Significant Ascents

  • 4 ascents of Everest, 6 expeditions (guided 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 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)
  • 16 ascents of Kilimanjaro (13 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)

Certifications

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

A 100% success! Alpine Ascents lived up to my expectations and beyond. Any bumps in the road were handled with smooth transitions and appropriate management.

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