3D Live Tracking at Mount Everest
Live Tracking 2021 – Jon Gupta
With this year’s Live Tracking we accompany Jon Gupta and Becks Ferry on Mount Everest and Lhotse.
The two peaks are just the prelude of what seems to become a super exciting year 2021: Starting in April/May with Everest and Lhotse the small team will then move on to the Karakorum, where they will tackle K2 and Broad Peak. Later this year, in September/October they will move on to Manaslu and Cho Oyu.
Jon is a professional mountain athlete and high altitude guide. He has already guided more than 80 high altitude expeditions, including 4 expeditions on 8000m peaks (3x Everest and 1x Lhotse). In 2018 Jon organized and guided the 7 summits world record for Steve Plain which stands at 117 days.
It is our pleasure to accompany Jon for the third time with our Live Tracker.
In 2017 we eagerly watched him and Mollie Hughes slowly but steadily moving up the North Ridge from China and reaching the summit on the 16th May 2017.
In 2018 he returned to Roof of the World, this time from Nepal and alongside Australian Steve Plain. They reached Everest via the South Route on May 14th, 2018. After spending the following night on South Col (7.906 m), they moved on to the adjacent Lhotse. Less than 24 hours after Everest, they also reached the summit of the 4th-highest peak, becoming two of the few people to successfully complete the “High Double“.
Previous Live Trackings
Jost Kobusch's mission 2019/2020: solo, in winter and without artificial oxygen to Everest
In winter 2019/2020 we accompanied the German extreme mountaineer Jost Kobusch on Mont Everest. Jost’s trademark is solo ascents at high altitudes. His minimalist approach is a way for him to set difficult goals and achieve them in a way that conserves resources and the environment. He deliberately turns away from today’s age of extreme tourism and is committed to the ‘departure into the unknown’. This extraordinary expedition was to take him across the west ridge to the winter roof of the world. Jost carried a SPOT tracker with him, which regularly sent us his location on the 3D map.
Jost ended his expedition with a partial success after a good 2 months. The conditions on the mountain did not allow him to climb the summit, but he reached the highest point on the west ridge at 7300 m. Many of his followers have been watching live tracking on www.everest3d.de in the past few weeks. Jost previously planned the way to the summit using our high-resolution 3D map, which shows all the important details of the ascent, including also the dangerous ice break on the way to Camp 1 on the Lho la Pass. We congratulate Jost on his strong performance – maybe the summit will work out next year!
“Visiting the routes virtually and evaluating options step by step in combination with tour reports was very valuable for my preparation – at the same time, the 3D live tracking made communication a lot easier and helped many people to participate”