Ben Jones

    Ben Jones

    Senior Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

    Ben is one of the premier high altitude guides in the world, with over 20 years of experience leading expeditions and courses across the globe. Ben’s guiding resume includes 10 expeditions to Everest, 4 expeditions to Cho Oyu, and numerous ascents of other 8000m peaks. Ben is an expedition leader on the seven summits, and has first ascents in remote areas around the world. Ben guides full time, leading expeditions to Everest, Denali, Cho Oyu, Kilimanjaro, and Vinson to round out his season as one of the most active guides in the industry. When not on an expedition, he instructs courses in mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and horse packing. While teaching mountaineering at National Outdoor Leadership School, Ben extensively explored 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.

     

    15-year

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Favorite movie
    Once upon a time in Hollywood

    Guilty Pleasure
    None, no guilt:-)

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week
    Bob Dylan

    In another life I’d…
    Have gone to a trade school or art school…

    Most people don’t know that…
    I can golf equally as good (or bad) left and right handed

    Significant Ascents

    10 ascents of Everest, 10 expeditions (guided 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)
    2 ascents of Lhotse (personal 2012, guided 2013)
    1 ascent of Everest and Lhotse in less than 24 hours (guided 2013)
    3 ascents of Cho-Oyu (guided 2013, 2014, 2016)
    1 ascent of Manaslu (guided)
    1 ascent of Ama Dablam
    9 ascents of Denali, West Buttress and Muldrow Glacier routes (10 guided 1 personal)
    10 ascents of Vinson (guided)
    2 ascents of Elbrus (guided)
    12 ascents of Aconcagua (13 expeditions guided)
    40 ascents of Kilimanjaro ( guided)
    2 ascent of Carstensz Pyramid (guided)
    2 ascents of Orizaba, Mexico (guided)
    2 ascents of Iztaccihuatl, Mexico (guided)
    2 ascents of Khuiten, Mongolia (guided)
    2 ascents of Island Peak, Nepal (guided, 2012, 2013)
    2 ascents of Lobuche East, Nepal
    First ascent of Mustang Himal in Mustang, Nepal (2014)
    1 Ascent of Mt. Stanley (highest peak in Uganda, 3rd highest in Africa)
    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
    4 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

    Ben was a particularly effective leader. The three made a great team – Ben providing the leadership, Admil the local knowledge (which was amazingly broad) and Yosif helping with individual issues.  Admil was never at a loss when asked about local flora or fauna – if he did not know (rarely), he provided  the answer […]

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