When Jake 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 difficult North Col route as well as the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 Summits, breaking several climbing records on the way.
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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 College 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 and Australia respectively. 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 at Olympia and Birmingham NEC as well as the keynote speaker for senior management events for Royal Bank of Scotland and Deloitte.
“Unfortunately, getting to the top is only half the story – you have to get back down afterwards.” -Jake Meyer
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 – Mount Vinson, Antarctica
- Aged 21 – Mount Everest, Nepal (Asia)
“What was great about Jake was his ability to motivate and enthuse the audience in Moscow. We had excellent feedback, everyone thought Jake was an excellent speaker. He is able to deliver his message with drive, energy, passion, dedication and with a joke. He is a perfect fit with our young and ambitious professionals. The synergy was really there, and the audience was really energized by his presentation. Excellent work and a great story. Absolutely to be recommended and Jake clearly has a great future ahead of him”.
Gerard Uijtendaal, Managing Partner Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche CIS (June 2007)
“The reactions from the group were very good – we were very impressed with Jake’s charisma and humour. 9 out of 10”.
Save The Children UK Organisation, Building A High Performance Team Conference
“We received really positive feedback from delegates who heard Jake’s motivational presentation. They found Jake very engaging and a motivating start to the day. The visuals were great and we give him full marks for both content and delivery.”
Eloise Spearman, Hobsons. Conference 2007
“10 out of 10. Jake linked well into the theme of our conference and was happy to tailor his talk to fit perfectly with our brief – he had an interesting story and was very engaging. Jake was confident with a great manner and good presentation skills. We will definitely be using him again”.
Royal Bank of Scotland, Conference hosted by Steve Daniels, Head of HR and Tom Morrow, Managing Director.
“Jake’s talk was fantastic; please pass on to him my appreciation. He is an extremely engaging, confident and amiable speaker and told a great story. The kids warmed to him immediately, and he may well have inspired some budding mountaineers. Thanks again, I can wholeheartedly recommend Jake to any Sixth Form.”
(April 24th 2007) Dr Anthony Langdon, Assistant Head of Sixth Form (Higher Education) Kingston Grammar School
“The queue to see Jake speak went right round the whole exhibition hall; he was one of the most popular speakers this year at both Olympia and Birmingham NEC.”
Clarion Events, organisers of Destinations Show
“Jake was wonderful, we’ve immediately booked him again.”
The Whitgift Foundation
“Finding new speakers each year for our Awards, who really inspire is difficult, this year it was easy; Jake was superb and a real hit with parents and pupils”.
Ardingley College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
“Jake gave a great talk for our 6th form, parents and invited guests”.
Kings School, Worcester
“Jake was superb, speaking to an audience that comprised of 150 children aged between 10 to 14, parents and staff which can be quite tricky! He did a great job”
Pinewood School, Swindon, Wiltshire
“Jake worked really well with us, we were very pleased with the outcome”.