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. In 2014 Jon zipped up Mount Elbrus in similar fashion, with his skis, recording a time of 4.5 hours round trip. And again in 2017 facilitating a world record breaking ascent of Kilimanjaro.
2018 saw Jon help mastermind the world record breaking '7in4' Expedition, helping Steve Plain summit the highest mountain on each continent in the fastest time ever.
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.
"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."
The Further, Faster, Podcast. In association with Montane and hosted by Daniel Neilson.
Jon is a mountaineer. A very, very good mountaineer, one who specialises in very very big mountains. But he's also an expedition guide, notably working with a previous interviewee Steve Plain for his 7 Summits project. He's a penchant for more remote, lesser-known mountains. But over the last couple of years, he's also run the Bob Graham round, and the the 430-Yukon Arctic Ultra.. on his second attempt. We chat as Jon was on his way to Chamonix, in his van, to climb, just for himself. At the age of 32, Jon is also going through something that nearly everyone listening to this will recognise - the search for balance. In this podcast, we delve into the choices he makes. The choices of risk and the choices of training, the choices of summits and the choices of life balance. It's a fascinating listen, disarmingly honest, plus he's a lovely fella. Listen in.
Mt Everest 8848m x3 (North & South)
Peak Communism 7495m (2012)
Peak Lenin 7134m x3 (1st British ski ascent)
Peak Korjenevskaya 7110m (2012)
Khan Tengri 7010m (2012)
Aconcagua 6962m x2
Ama Dablam 6812m x 8
Elbrus 5642m x 14
Denali 6218m x2 (Winter ascent)
Island Peak 6189m x 7
Kilimanjaro 5895m x 27
Mont Blanc 4810m
Mt Meru 4484m
Everest – Standing on the top of the world 3 times
Peak Lenin – 1st British ski descent
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 & Mountaineering
Mt Elbrus in Russia – 4hrs 50min Climb/Ski