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About Joby Ogwyn

Ever since he was a kid, Joby Ogwyn imagined what it would be like to fly. This May, Joby takes his dream to the ultimate height with an epic wingsuit jump from the top of the world's highest mountain. "I can’t think of a more spectacular backdrop than Everest,” Joby said when announcing the LIVE event on Discovery.

Joby Ogwyn's passion for travel and adventure began at age 15 with a trip to Guatemala to climb volcanoes and ancient ruins. Since then, Joby has set world records for jumps and speed ascents on some of the highest mountains on the planet. He first summited Everest when he was 24, at that time the youngest American to make it to the top. In 2008, he set the world record for the fastest ascent with a nine-and-a-half-hour climb (it typically takes three to four days). Now, he tackles his ultimate challenge on Everest – something he's aimed for all of his life.

In addition to wingsuit piloting, Joby is also a world-renowned alpinist and BASE jumper. When not traveling the world, Joby lives in Italy and California.

Timeline of Joby’s Life

as an adventurist
  • 1992

    Joby climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak at 19,340 feet
  • 1996

    A rare chance to meet Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mt. Everest
  • 1999

    At 24, Joby became the youngest American to conquer Mt. Everest
  • 2000

    Joby becomes the youngest climber to achieve scaling all Seven Summits
  • 2009

    Joby makes the first wing suit flight around all four faces of the Matterhorn
  • 2011

    A happy plunge into marriage with Italian Flaminia Bove in Bergamo, Italy