“2017 is Jon Gupta’s year. Starting in January, he and Tom Sutherland became the first team ever to complete the 430 mile category of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, enduring temperatures as low as -44°C over a gruelling 12 days. In May, not only did he guide client Mollie Hughes into the record books (she became the youngest woman in the world to scale Everest successfully from both north and south sides), but Jon himself became the youngest British male to summit successfully from both sides also. Closer to home, he then followed this up by achieving his Mountain Instructor Award in the summer – the highest UK qualification attainable for rock climbing.

After acclimatising with a rapid ascent on Mt Kenya’s (5,199m) big ultra classic North Face rock route (800m IV+ 5.9), Jon headed to Tanzania for his Kilimanjaro speed ascent attempt. Without much ado, he achieved this via the steepest route in an incredible 8 hours, 11 minutes, setting a new English speed record in the process. Jon’s route for the approx. 60km round trip saw him ascend the Unbwe / Western breach and descend the following morning via the Mweka Route via Baraffu high camp.”

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