In June 2005, at the age of 21, Jake stood on the summit of Mount Everest and achieved his dream of becoming the youngest man in the world to complete the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent) and the youngest Briton to climb Everest. Jake also broke the World Record for climbing the 48 highest peaks of Continental USA in the shortest time possible. The Freestyle ® Challenge 48 was completed in just 23 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes as Jake reached the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. The Englishman shaved a huge 5 days off the existing record of 29 days. In 2018, Jake successfully summited K2 on his third attempt.
K2 2018: RETURN TO THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN
Jake returned to K2 in 2016 as part of a British Team, the first to attempt the mountain in over a decade. The British Team was considered one of the strongest on the mountain in the 2016 season, but during the summit attempt, an avalanche destroyed camp 3 at 7300m. When Jake and the Sherpa team reached the site of Camp 3, there was nothing but avalanche debris - all tents, oxygen, rope and equipment had been destroyed, buried or swept away. This event caused all teams on the mountain to call off their summit attempts.
Very few people in history have ever summited K2, only about 8% of the number who have summited Everest. Truly a mountaineer’s mountain, the death rate is over 20% for those who attempt it. Record-breaking British climber Jake Meyer, who had already climbed Everest by 21, returned to K2 for the third time, where he finally conquered the world’s second-highest mountain and the tallest in the Karakoram range on the border of China and Pakistan.