When Jake Meyer was just fourteen years old he set himself the challenge of becoming the youngest person to climb the 7 Summits; the highest mountain on each continent. On the 4th June 2005 he achieved his dream, standing on top of Everest; he became the youngest Briton at just 21 to conquer the world’s highest peak via the difficultNorth Colroute as well as the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 Summits, breaking several climbing records on the way. On Tuesday 1st August 2006, Jake Meyer and his team of six, young British adventurers smashed the existing World Record for climbing the 48 highest peaks of Continental USA in the shortest time possible.
Jake has just got his degree in Environmental Science from Bristol University. Studying the environment has been a natural progression after seeing some of the most beautiful and fragile parts of the earth at such a young age. Jake has always been aware of man’s effect on nature having been brought up on an organic farm. As an Army Scholar, he plays an active part in the Bristol University Officer Training Corps (UOTC), and is looking forward to going to RMA Sandhurst. Jake has a real passion for action and adventure. Jake has shown the ability to organise from an early age; to plan and start his five year mission at the age of fourteen is quite remarkable.
Born on 20th January 1984 in central London, he was educated at Marlborough Collegea and began climbing at 13. Aged 15, he watched the dawn of the new millennium with his father, from his first summit, Kilimanjaro. At 18, he climbed Mount Elbrus in Southern Russia, Europe’s highest peak. In 2002, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship to climb Denali, Aconcagua and Kosciusko, the highest peaks in North and South America andAustraliarespectively. Jake is an Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and has presented Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace.
Jake brings his youth and vigour to speaking; his confident and natural style has held the interest of even the toughest business audience. He has been a regular speaker at events like The Times Destinations show atOlympiaand Birmingham NEC as well as the keynote speaker for senior management events for Royal Bank of Scotlandand Deloitte.
“Unfortunately, getting to the top is only half the story – you have to get back down afterwards.”
Ascended from the Tibetan side, via the North Col-North East Ridge route. The climb started on April 2, 2005, reaching the summit on June 4, 2005 around 0050hrs. He was accompanied by: Diahanne (Di) Gilbert – leader, Mingma Nuru Sherpa and Anil Bhattarai. Jake’s climb was in aid of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Jake holds several records:
- Youngest ascent of Mount Vinson(highest mountain in the Antarctic)
- Youngest solo ascent of Mount Aconcagua (highest mountain outside the Himalayas)
- Fastest British ascent of McKinley/Denali in 2003 (highest mountain in North America
- Aged 15 –Mount Kilimanjaro,Tanzania (Africa)
- Aged 18 –Mount Elbrus,Russia (Europe)
- Mount Aconcagua,Argentina (South America)
- Aged 19 –Mount Denali,Alaska (North America)
- Aged 19 –Mount Kosciusko, Australia
- Aged 19 –MountVinson, Antarctica
- Aged 21 -Mount Everest, Nepal(Asia)