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RJ7 Co-Founder Rhys undertaking Arctic Challenge in aid of Camps Foundation with Mrs Jones!

RJ7 Managing Director Rhys Jones with his wife Laura


Eight years after climbing Mount Everest, it’s time to dust off my climbing boots and take on a new challenge. This time, Laura (my wife/ Camps International Ops Manager UAE!) will be joining the team and we’ll be raising money for the Camps Foundation.

I’ve missed the mountains, and climbing the Seven Summits feels like a long time ago. I’ve been busy since then, setting up RJ7, and my personal life has also changed a lot. Now living in Dubai (and determined not to go soft!) I wanted to take on a new expedition and share the experience with Laura. Climbing big mountains is amazing and the thought of sharing it is equally exciting.

So, what exactly is the challenge? First, a bit of history.. In 2007, I sailed to Greenland with a plan to ski 200km to the Arctic’s highest peaks. Early on in the expedition, I fell into a crevasse and fractured my arm, which meant we never made it to the highest mountains. This year, I want to finish what I started. We want to climb the three highest peaks in the Arctic Circle, and make a first ascent of an unclimbed peak, which we’ll name after the sponsor.

We’ll fly from Iceland by ski plane to a remote patch of glacier, 4.5hrs away from the nearest habitation. From there, we’ll ski to approach the peaks, pulling all of our supplies on sleds. We’re both pretty rusty skiers so this will no doubt be a challenge in itself. Once the ground steepens, we’ll climb up to the summits of Mt Gunnbjornsfjeld, Dome and Cone, over a period of around 10 days. For the remainder of the 2 week trip we will search out and climb a virgin peak. The cumulative height gain is almost twice that of Mount Everest, but achieved in half of the time it takes to climb the World’s highest mountain.

We need to generate significant investment to fund the expedition, and are inviting sponsors on all levels. We will be fundraising for the Camps International Foundation, which supports our projects in rural communities. 

We’ll be writing regular updates here on the RJ7 blog, with training and preparation. Also, follow us on twitter @RJ7Expeditions.

- Rhys


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