Jake Meyer is a world record breaking British Mountaineer, having started climbing aged 12. At 14 he set his sights on becoming the youngest person to climb the ‘7 Summits’, the highest mountain on each continent. Starting by watching the Millennium dawn from the summit of Kilimanjaro when he was 15, Jake completed the challenge on the 4th June 2005, when aged 21 and 134 days he became the youngest Briton to climb Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 Summits.
In 2009 Jake attempted K2 – reaching 7700m before turning back due to poor snow conditions, and an account of this expedition was made into an award winning documentary – K2: Siren of the Himalayas.
In 2016 Jake returned to K2 for his second attempt, and Victoria was delighted to help with coordinating some areas of his expedition. Sadly, it was not another summit year on the savage mountain, and Jake and the rest of the climbers narrowly missed being swept off by a huge avalanche which obliterated the whole of camp 3, leaving no trace of any life. Luckily, all climbers were just below Camp 3 and mercifully there was no loss of life.
This was a stark reminder of the notorious danger presented by this unrelenting mountain, and Jake will return again to have his 3rd attempt when parenthood allows.
An extra special thank you to Vicks Nicholson who has been a huge support and great friend throughout this expedition.
Jake returned to K2 in 2018 and successfully summited – becoming only the 10th Briton to summit the notoriously dangerous ‘Savage Mountain’.
See what he is planning to conquer next, here.