JOBY OGWYN: High altitude climber/wing-suit explorer

Joby has a passion to explore, a passion that has led him from his home in the flat lands of Louisiana to the highest places on earth. He is world renowned for his prowess as an alpinist, wing-suit pilot and BASE jumper.   Joby started his adventures at the age of fifteen by driving a beat up van south of the border to Guatemala with friends. Climbing volcanoes and exploring ancient Mayan ruins ignited his passion for travel and adventure. It was then that Joby started to plan his worldwide expeditions.  Joby climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at eighteen and by twenty-six he had become the youngest person in the world to climb the “Seven Summits.” Joby then returned to his playground of the Himalayas to lead expeditions to some of the world’s most daunting peaks. After solo climbs of Lhotse, Makalu, and Everest, Joby made a name for himself by making speed ascents of the highest mountains in the world.  In 2004, Joby climbed Cho Oyo, the 6th highest mountain in the world, in just eight hours. In 2006 Joby climbed the north east ridge of Everest in less than 24 hours. In 2008 Joby climbed Everest from the base of the route to the summit in just nine and a half hours. With more than 30 global expeditions completed, the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Patagonia continue to be a playground for Joby’s adventures but now he is seeking new ways of exploring the world.

In the summer of 2007 Joby teamed up with National Geographic Adventure producers to make a new kind of extreme action television series. “Adventure Wanted” showcases Joby’s skills at car racing, BASE jumping, bull riding and white water kayaking to name a few. The documentary series can be seen in over 100 countries in over 140 million households around the world.

Joby’s other passion is human flight. Joby continues to explore his world from above using wing-suit technology. In 2009 Joby made the first ever wing-suit flight next to the north face of the Matterhorn and led an expedition to study the high slopes and ridges of the Eiger.  On October 8th 2010 Joby became the first human ever to fly a wing-suit next to Mt. Everest, landing at over 17,000ft, a world record. 2011 saw Joby make the first ever wing-suit flight around all four faces of the Matterhorn. Joby continues to explore the mountains of the world using these amazing flying suits. When not traveling the world, Joby lives in Italy and California.  

First World Achievements:

  • First wing-suit flight around all four faces of the Matterhorn.
  • First man to fly a wing-suit next to Mt. Everest.

Career Highlights:

  • Three BASE jumps from the Eiger north face in one day (world record).
  • Summits of four out the six highest mountains in the world.
  • Speed ascents of Everest, Cho Oyo, and Ama Dablam (world records).
  • Seven summits completed.