"I have used Montane kit in some of the harshest and most challenging mountain conditions in the world. It was adaptable, precise, well made and reliable, and it kept me warm and dry which allowed me to concentrate on the climbing and staying alive."
Jon Gupta is one of the UK's most promising up and coming mountaineers with an impressive track record of big ascents from all corners of the world. By the age of 28, Jon had summited numerous major summits at 6, 7 and 8,000m peaks including: Island Peak 6189m (7 times), Denali 6196m, Ama Dablam (6 times), Korjenevskaya 7134m, Communism 7495m and Khan Tengri 7010m and Everest 8848m.In 2012 Jon became the first person to summit Ama Dablam 3 times in 7 days, all from basecamp, including the second fastest recorded solo speed ascent. This year Jon zipped up Mount Elbrus in similar fashion, with his skis, recording a time of 4.5 hours round trip. And again in September facilitating a world record breaking ascent of Kilimanjaro.His love for big expeditions started at 18 in the jungles of Belize and has since taken him to the Himalayas, Alaska, The Andes, Africa, The Alps as well as all over the UK, with a particular love for Scottish winter mountaineering. Jon now works as an expedition leader and instructor in the UK and overseas and runs his own company, Mountain Expeditions.
In 2012, alongside his climbing partner Nick Valentine, Jon undertook one the world’s hardest mountaineering challenges, 'The Snow Leopard Award’. Sponsored by Montane®, the pair summited three of the five 7,000m peaks in just 30 days. In 2014 they returned to successful climb and ski Peak Lenin 7134m – a British 1st ski descent. During the ascent of the fifth and final mountain – Pobeda 7435m, Jon has hit by rock fall at 6100m, resulting in serious head injuries and an epic 2 day descent!
'I have used Montane® kit in some of the harshest and most challenging mountain conditions in the world. It was adaptable, precise, well made and reliable, and it kept me warm and dry which allowed me to concentrate on the climbing and staying alive’.
Unable to stand still, Jon moves from one mountain to another and over the next two years he has many expeditions in the pipeline, including skiing/climbing 8,000m peaks, guiding ascents in Russia, Africa and Nepal as well as numerous days in Scotland over the winter!
Mt Everest 8848m (2013)
Peak Communism 7495m (2012)
Peak Lenin 7134m (2012, 2014)
Peak Korjenevskaya 7110m (2012)
Khan Tengri 7010m (2012)
Aconcagua 6962m (2009)
Ama Dablam 6812m x 6 (2011 – 2014)
Elbrus 5642m x 4 (2008 – 2015)
Denali 6218m (2010)
Island Peak 6189m x 7 (2011 – 2014)
Cotopaxi 5897m (2012)
Kilimanjaro 5895m x 9 (2008 – 2015)
Mont Blanc 4810m (2009)
Mt Meru 4484m (2011)
Toubkal 4134m (2007)
Everest – Standing on the top of the world in 2013
Peak Lenin – 1st British ski descent in 2014
Ama Dablam – 2nd fastest speed solo 14 hours 10min & 3 Summits in 7 days
Kilimanjaro – Speed ascent & world’s fastest female ascent (11hr 34min)
Winter Alpine climbing in Chamonix – M6 Solar M5+***
Mt Elbrus in Russia – 4hrs 50min Climb/Ski