I caught up with British climbing Guide, Jon Gupta of Mountain Expeditions to discuss his amazing 2021 where he guided mostly one client, fellow Brit Rebecca ‘Becks’ Ferry on six 8000-meter mountains. He also climbed a 7000er with a friend and is now on Ama Dablam. Overall he climbed (time the discussion starts in the video)
- Everest (Summit) at 19:50
- Lhotse (Summit) at 22:00
- Makalu (reached 7500m)
- K2 (Summit) at 25:05
- Pobeda (reached 7200m)
- Manaslu (Fore Summit ~8160m) at 40:00
- Dhaulagiri (reached 7817m) at 36.09
- Ama Dablam – TBD
We cover a range of topics from how he got into climbing, why he prefers private guiding over the large commercial team model, his experience on Everest (at 19:50), especially with COVID (at 22:48), their experience on Makalu (25:05) which Becks considers her best moment even though they didn’t summit, their K2 summit (25:05) – a first for Jon and Becks, their summit experience on Manaslu (40:00) and the current discussion around the true vs. fore summit, and why they turned back on their summit push on Dhaulagiri (36:09).
Memories are Everything
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