Jake Meyer’s return to Everest

The latest edition of the Marlburian Club Magazine looks at Jake Meyer BEM VR FRGS (C3 1997-2002) who last year climbed Everest for the second time.
 
Jake credits Marlborough for cementing his passion for the outdoors and with an early fixation on the Seven Summits, Jake had already climbed Kilimanjaro in Hundred and attempted Aconcagua in Lower Sixth. While at Bristol University, aged 21, Jake reached the summit of Everest.
 
Despite initially saying he’d never climb Everest again, when planning a trip to the mountains of Nepal in 2023, fate took a turn. In an idea to combine multiple peaks in one trip and recognising that 2023 was the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, the opportunity to return to Everest started to become an unexpected reality.
 
Marlborough College’s connection to Everest is significant with OM Colonel John Hunt (C2 1924–28) leading the 1953 expedition whilst joined by Charles Wylie (B3 1933-37) and expedition doctor Mike Ward (B2 1938-43).
 
Having spent six weeks on Kanchenjunga, Jake was well prepared for the climb of Everest and took the South Col route from Nepal. It impressively took Jake less than 60 hours from arrival in base camp to summit and back. However, despite his preparation, the climb was still brutal with extreme winds and freezing temperatures on their ascent, conditions that forced a number of other teams to have to abandon their attempts. As a result of this, Jake and his team were the only climbers on the final summit ridge.
 
Whilst still being a huge effort, was a vast difference in comparison to his initial climb in 2005 which Jake credits to his change in mindset from his younger self. From his first few visits to the Marlborough College Outdoor Adventure Centre in Capel Curig, and excursions to Snowdon, Tryfan and the Glyders, Marlborough instils an attitude of physical and mental fortitude with the aim to overcome a personal challenge, rather than compete against the mountain; a valuable life lesson for us all.