Living my dreams, following my passions
"Great to hear you're still at it! Am delighted you're still
trying to get it "right". You have a sense about that, I now realize, that others
- Dana Alford
Jamie is the founding owner of Project Himalaya and has been trekking in the Himalaya for 25 years (I started young!) and has written guide books including "Trekking in the Everest Region", speaks Nepali, was the first Kiwi (New Zealander) to climb Broad Peak in Pakistan and has climbed Everest five times.
Although I have enjoyed the challenge of organizing large expeditions what I really love is exploring. My first treks were all exploration for me, and I still love trekking new areas or exploring the nooks and crannies of familiar areas, for example the seven (!) 42 day Kanchenjunga treks.
Jamie, professional photographer
I love photography and the intrinsic challenge. My photos have been used in newspapers around the world, and in major climbing magazines, some photos are with Getty. Highlights include a 4 page double foldout panorama from the top of Everest in Geo Magazine, the cover of Action Asia and the cover of a German treks of the world coffee table book.
I have images on this site, also on Flickr.
Once young and invincible, I knew that if others could climb Everest, I could. After five summits now I have more appreciation, am far more in awe. I see Everest from Base Camp, even photos, it is so huge, high and forbidding, and I gulp. Big expeditions require real teamwork and a detailed understanding of basically everything to do with an expedition, radio comms, working with the crews, oxygen systems, weather forecasting, dealing with the authorities. And this is what I do...
2017: Esther, Stacey, Fred, Kurt, Mike, James & Micheala and Jamie
atop the 5160m Pandang La - the Zanskar Spring trek team
2017: star crew: Lobsang, Sunoj, Tenzin, Jamie, Kunga, Tej and Raj - missing Ram Lal
2016: standing L-R: Jamie, Abhishek, Pasang, Sunoj, Lobsang, Ranjan, Tenzin Ram Kumar, Raju, Ram Lal, Balu and Tej Singh
Sitting: Piotr, Romany, Pete, Esther, Amanda, Melissa and Raj
2015: Alan Kerr, Marco Camozzi, Jamie McGuinness, Jim Robinson, Greg Danforth, Roger Nix and Celesta Fong
2014 Great Divide team atop the remote Pangpo La, a real achievement.
Lobsang, Luca, Tod (hidden) Demet, David, Arabella, Len, Helena, Jussi and Jamie
2013 GHT Tilman's
Second row: Dawa (porter cook), Esther Tan, Tom, John, Ole, Paul
Third row: Emma, Henning, Celesta, Aiteram, Samden, Pasang
Sitting: Dawa Gelje, a porter, Jamie, Mingma Lhakpa
Missing, minding the camp: Kami (cook), Dhirendra
L-R: Jamie, Sitar (Rithar), Lobsang, Sophie, Esther, Tenzin and our six horses plus the tough mule
2012 Aconcagua: Arabella, Peter and Jamie on the summit of Aconcagua
The 2012 Aconcagua team: Dan, Amy, Shane, Jamie, Markus, Wasfia and Michele at the park entrance - photo by Wasfia
2011 Zanskar Tribute for Joel
L-R: Lois, Jamie, Lobsang, Steve, Ram Lal, Peter Sih, Kunsang, Sonam, Sam Palsmeier, Punsok
The tough 2011 GHT team less one porter and the horse team
2011 Aconcagua team: Sam, Ben, Jamie, Matt, Demet, Miriam, Raffi, Ian, Esther and David in front - Photo © Kenneth Koh/Adventure Nomad
The 2010 Aconcagua team in Penitentes, L-R: Ken, Malcolm, Tom and Jamie - Jamie
Jamie sleeping out at Saipal Base Camp - photo by Jamie
Jamie on top of Everest 2008
Our 2006 Kanchen Gola Exploratory trek team at the end
Standing L-R: Clive, Humphrey (climbing independently), Ian, Ashraf, Hameed, Ibrahim, Tia, Jahan Beg, David, Jamie and Merhban
Squatting, L-R: Catherine, Mehdi, Adrian, Soren (front), Kees, Mehdi and Wolam Nabi - photo by Jamie
The K2 Concordia trekkers and the Gasherbrum II expedition
members together at the beginning.
L-R top row: Captain Komal (Liaison Officer), Kees Terhell, Jane B, Jamie, Ian R, Adrian H, Catherine C, Clive C, Dave B, Humphrey M, Terje S
Lower: Pete P, Ornella C, Soren G, Tia T, Pik C, Raewyn M, Kay B
2005: Standing L-R: Bal Bahadur (porter naike), Pasang (sherpa-cook), Bir Bagh
(sherpa), Dawa Gelje (sirdar), John SS, Da'Yula (sherpa-sirdar), Natasha, Niels,
Alphonse, Dallas C, Jerry C.
Lower row: Pasang (kitchen), Namgyal (sirdar-leader), Zangbu (sherpa), Pik C, Gerardo, Rachel, Megan, John, Mike, Ornella, Jamie, Andrew
2005 L-R: yak driver, Samantha, Tashi. Toby, Dawa Norbu (another yak drivers' son),
Da'Nuru (front), unknown behind, Temba, Chris Klinke and Jamie
2006 L-R: Jamie, Thinleys (assistant guide), Netti, Nicole, Martin, Raewyn*
Nedup (guide), Miriam* and Anna. (Missing Robert)
2005 on Shishapangma
2004: Dawa, Andrew Lock and Jamie McGuinness
2004 Cho Oyu memories: Dawa, Namgyal and Jamie on the summit of Cho Oyu
2004 Cho Oyu summit
2003 working as a climbing sherpa with David Sharp
1997 memories: Pasang, Reid, Andy Emms, Richard and Jamie
My favourite self-portrait, from quite a few years ago