Emeritus Professor Thomas Campbell James, D.Sc., Aberystwyth
Every summer from 1908 onwards Jones concentrated on the southern side of Mont Blanc , completing many first ascents, a number of them in the company of Young and the guide Joseph Knubel : among the most important were the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey from the west ( 1909 ), the usual path up the Brouillard ridge (the pinacle of his pioneering work on Mont Blanc , according to Young ), the western ridge of the Grandes Jorasses and the west face of the Grépon ( 1910 ) and L'Isolée ( 1912 ). His wife too was a skilful climber ; she led the Pinacles’ Ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean without male company. Jones was elected to the Alpine Club and the Mountaineers Club in 1910 , serving on the committee of the latter. The little he contributed to the mountaineering journals was strictly factual but he read the works of Welsh authors like O.M. Edwards ( DWB , 192-3) . There is a memorial to him in Lewis' School , Pengam ; La Pointe Jones is the name given to the north summit of Aiguille Blanche (4104 m.) in the Vallot Guide ( 1930 ed.).
Dr Ioan Bowen Rees, (1929-99), Bangor
Published date: 1959