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Jake Meyer FRGS
World-record breaking British mountaineer and adventurer
Jake Meyer is a world-record breaking British mountaineer, adventurer and keynote speaker. Jake has been passionate about climbing and mountaineering since the age of 12. At 14, he set his sights on wanting to climb the ‘7 Summits’ – the highest mountain on each continent. At 6.30am on the 4th June 2005, aged only 21 and 135 days old, he reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and his 7th continental highpoint. At the time, he was the youngest Briton to climb Mt Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 summits.
Not content with just the 7 Summits, he also led a team which broke the record for the fastest ascent of the highest mountain in each of the 48 states in the contiguous USA. This culminated in 48 mountains, 350 miles of trekking, 100,000ft of climbing and 15,000 miles of driving in 23 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes.
Since 2008 Jake has been focusing on trying to climb K2 in Pakistan, the second highest mountain in the world and arguably the most difficult and dangerous in the world with a 1 in 5 death to summit ratio. He made attempts in 2009 and 2016, but on both occasions he was forced to turn back on his summit attempt, mere hours from his goal. Undeterred, in 2018 he returned for a third time, and on the 21st July 2018 he finally stood on the summit of K2. In doing so he joined an extremely small group of some of the world’s best climbers to have done the same – fewer than 400 people who have stood on the top of K2 (more people have been into space) and 85 have died trying. Jake’s 10 year odyssey shows that perseverance can truly pay off.
IDG and Leadership Development Consultant
Jake is a full-time leadership development consultant for the Inspirational Development Group (IDG), and is the Project Director for IDG’s unique partnering agreement with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. IDG offers first-class development designed to transform the behaviour of individuals and teams, and lead to sustainable change within an organisation. They offer a range of bespoke Leadership Development programmes focussing on the interlocking areas of Leadership, Followership and Partnership, to produce accomplished leaders who are also effective followers and highly skilled team players.
Patronage and Charity Work
Jake is an ambassador for Walking With The Wounded, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, and has worked closely with a number of other charities including Help for Heroes, The Prince’s Trust, the Prince’s Teaching Institute, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the CAIRN Trust. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Jake is a serving officer in the Army Reserve with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry – the UK’s only Armoured Reserve Regiment. He has served overseas, including an operational tour of Afghanistan as a Battlegroup Influence and Consequence Management Officer.
Jake is currently planning his next big trip – an attempt to climb the highest mountain in 50 countries in Europe – in only 50 days!
Please visit Jake Meyer’s website for further details.