Before the age of 20 Jake Meyer had already climbed Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Denali, Aconcagua and Mount Kosciuszko. By 21, in 2005, he became the youngest Brit to top Mount Everest and the youngest man to conquer the Seven Summits: the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents. Let us introduce you to Jake ahead of his attempt on K2 in June.
Jake on Chimborazo (6,268m), Ecuador’s highest peak.
Jake is making his second attempt at summiting K2 (8,611m) in June. “My first trip to K2 in 2009 was far from being the perfect expedition, but it was incredible experience,” he says.
Jake climbing in Swanage, Dorset, where he found his calling.
Picking tick lists of mountains to climb has always been a great catalyst to explore the world. You have to go elsewhere to experience exciting mountains, especially for us in the UK. My first climb, however, was in Swanage at Dancing Ledge. Sometimes I regret that I focus on big mountains that are thousands of miles away from home. There are so many fantastic places and opportunities on our doorstep, like Stanage Edge or the Wye Valley. You don’t need to go to the other side of the world to have an amazing experience.
I consider myself a normal person who has done some slightly abnormal things. I want to demonstrate that you don’t need to be a superhero to complete these challenges. All you need is the determination, desire and tenacity to do something different. Whether you’re aspiring to summit Snowdon or Everest, I want to hear about your experiences. If you have a dream, listen to us share our own adventures and hopefully we can inspire each other.
Arc’teryx are masters when it comes to technical clothing and we are continually blown away by the level of innovation and attention to detail that is evident in their designs. The brand work closely with GORE-TEX to create activity specific products that each have their home on the mountain, but with so much tech doing the rounds, how do you know which Arc’teryx piece is right for you? Let’s demystify things a little.
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