Caradog Jones

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Caradog "Crag" Jones (born 1962) is a Welsh climber. He is the first Welshman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a feat achieved on 23 May 1995. He was the 724th climber to reach the summit. [1] The final ascent was made with Michael Knakkergaard-Jorgensen, the first Dane to the summit.

Mount Everest Earths highest mountain, part of the Himalaya between Nepal and China

Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) and in Tibetan as Chomolungma (ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ), is Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal and China runs across its summit point.

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Jones was born and bred in Pontrhydfendigaid, a village near Tregaron, Ceredigion, in mid-Wales.

Pontrhydfendigaid village in Wales

Pontrhydfendigaid is a village in Ceredigion, Wales. It lies on the western flank of the Cambrian Mountains, and is located between Devil's Bridge and Tregaron. The village lies on the River Teifi, the source of which is just 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to east at Llyn Teifi.

Tregaron town in Wales

Tregaron is an ancient market town in Ceredigion, Wales, astride the River Brenig, a tributary of the River Teifi. Tregaron is 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Lampeter. According to the 2011 Census, the population of the ward of Tregaron was 1,213 and 67% of the population could speak Welsh. Tregaron is a community.

Ceredigion County

Ceredigion is a county in Wales, known prior to 1974 as Cardiganshire. During the second half of the first millennium Ceredigion was a minor kingdom. It has been administered as a county since 1282. Welsh is spoken by more than half the population. Ceredigion is considered to be a centre of Welsh culture. The county is mainly rural with over 50 miles (80 km) of coastline and a mountainous hinterland. The numerous sandy beaches, together with the long-distance Ceredigion Coast Path provide excellent views of Cardigan Bay.

Everest expedition

Jones and Jorgensen were part of a larger world team, led by Henry Todd of the UK, and using Himalayan guides.

The team took the northern route (North Col – North East Ridge)

His ascent of Everest was made into a 52-minute film for television, [2] and featured camera work by Eric Jones).

Eric Jones (climber) British mountain climber

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Other peaks and "firsts"

He made the first ascent of Hunza Peak (6200m).[ citation needed ]

Hunza Peak mountain

Hunza Peak lies in the westernmost subrange of the Karakoram range in Pakistan, along with the Ladyfinger Peak (Bublimating). It lies on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar massif, the most southeasterly of the major groups of the Batura Muztagh. The whole massif rises precipitously above the Hunza Valley to the southeast.

On 25 January 2001 Jones made the first ascent, solo, of the highest of the Three Brothers peaks (2008m) at the north west end of the Allardyce Range on South Georgia. [3]

Three Brothers, South Georgia mountain in South Georgia

The Three Brothers is a group of three mountain peaks at the north west end of the Allardyce Range on South Georgia. They aligned in a north-south direction, situated 4 miles (6 km) west of the head of Cumberland West Bay in the central part of South Georgia. The origin of the name which dates back to the 1930s is not certain.

South Georgia Island Island in the South Atlantic

South Georgia is an island in the southern Atlantic Ocean that is part of the British Overseas territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The main settlement is Grytviken. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometres (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km wide. It is about 830 km (520 mi) northeast of Coronation Island and 550 km (340 mi) northwest from Zavodovski Island, the nearest South Sandwich island.

In 2005, together with Julian Freeman-Attwood, Rich Howarth and Skip Novak, Jones completed a 17-day south-north traverse of South Georgia. As part of this they made the first ascent of Pk. 5680 (1,727m). [4] (Some pictures here)

In October 1996, with Mick Fowler and Julian Freeman-Attwood, Jones made the first ascent of Yes, Please, a crag in Orkney. (A picture here)

Jones now lives with his wife and daughter in Frodsham, Cheshire, working as a freelance fisheries consultant. [5]

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References

  1. Climber Lists: Everest, K2 and other 8000ers
  2. films which leo has made or worked on since 1969 Archived 2 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:WnTBwJjYYfEJ:www.uiaa.ch/web.test/visual/ExpCom/newa2002.doc%5B%5D
  4. BMC – International
  5. High society | Magazine | The Observer