K2 Climb 2016
Welcome to the website for Jake Meyer’s expedition to climb K2
About the Expedition
IDG are proud to sponsor and support our own Jake Meyer in his 2016 attempt to climb K2, the second highest mountain in the world and considered one of, if not the, most dangerous to climb. Please watch the video below for Jake’s introduction to this challenge.
At 8,611m, K2, which is the second highest mountain in the world, could be considered the ‘gold medal’ of mountaineering. To date, there have been only around 350 successful ascents of K2 (compared with around 7000 ascents of Everest), and at least 80 people have died on the mountain – a summit/death percentage of around 23%. It may not be the highest, it may not have the worst ‘summit/death ratio’ (most likely Annapurna), it may not be the steepest, but when you combine the altitude, the statistics, the terrain, dangers of rock fall and avalanche, the fickle and rapidly changeable weather, remoteness and difficulty, you get arguably one of the most challenging climbs in the world. K2 truly deserves the moniker of ‘The Savage Mountain’.
Jake is part of a British organised and led team, and 2016 will be his second attempt to climb K2 (previously reaching 7700m in 2009). To date, only eight Britons have successfully summited K2, three of which tragically died on descent. If successful, Jake has a chance at becoming the youngest Briton to climb K2, and one of the youngest people in the world to have climbed both Everest and K2.
“Having climbed Everest at 21, it might be easy to think that there is nothing that would top that. Whilst Everest and the 7 Summits was an incredible experience, it made me realise that I wanted to keep pushing myself to see what I really could achieve, not to just fall back into my comfort zone. Of course you can’t go any higher than Everest whilst keeping your feet still on the ground, so I looked for different challenges, and amongst them K2 really stood out.
“For many people (if mad enough to attempt it in the first place), surviving a single attempt on K2 would probably be enough, but for me I am passionate about going back and see if I really do have what it takes to get to the top and back down. Not summiting a mountain should never be counted as failure (failure is not coming back…), but I think that a real test of a person is to see them return to face their demons with an even stronger desire to overcome the barriers.” – Jake, May 2016
The proposed dates for the expedition are 11th June to the 19th August 2016. We will be closely following Jake’s progress on this page, with updates on his position as well as regular blogs, tweets and photos from Jake himself. You can sign up for the weekly newsletter as well as follow Jake’s progress on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook below.
Although the summit attempt is over, there is still a challenge ahead: getting everything and everyone safely off the mountain…
It is with deep regret that Jake announces that the expedition is over, and the UK team will be heading home.
The Savage Mountain maintains its reputation, as Jake and the team’s worst fears are confirmed as they reach Camp 3.
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