Monday, 24 October 2016

Westonbirt Charity Talk Raises £900 for Walking With the Wounded

On Thurs 20th Oct Jake Meyer gave a thrilling talk for charity Walking With the Wounded about his summer expedition to K2 in Pakistan. 

Waiting for the talk with refreshments supplied by
Cotswold Barristers.
With at least 100 in attendance, we all gained a fascinating insight into behind the scenes climbing. We saw all the things you don’t see on the front page! K2 is known as one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Isolated from society, it has an ominous 25% summit to death ratio. This was the second time Jake would attempt the climb.


Having survived Everest and all the other seven summits, with a talented team to work with, it was certainly not a shot in the dark. But we discovered how K2 has so many intricacies, skill and planning don’t guarantee success.


Your house on a mountain.
Demonstrating the hooves of a mountain goat and jumping onto a chair, Jake explained the sport of climbing was relatively simple. It’s just getting higher than you were before. But imagine this: At 7000m, you need to tether onto a rope in the snow. Only you´re surrounded by a web of ropes, some potentially from 40 years before, running low on oxygen, surrounded by the bodies of people who couldn’t be buried when they succumbed to the elements. Getting just that little bit higher isn’t so simple anymore.


Keep warm!
Climbing is very safety conscious, but also requires a leap of faith once all precautions have been taken. Riding the tiger, Jake has managed to summit mountains that needed more than one go, and despite all the setbacks and confusion (one man in the team left because he couldn’t get internet access), it doesn’t seem like this is the last time he will confront K2.

To find out more about Jake, visit www.jakemeyer.co.uk  and to discover what the charity does, click here.

The event was kindly sponsored by local law firm Cotswold Barristers, who also attended and enjoyed the talk!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

From Kilamanjaro to K2 Ticket Winner Announced

Daisy and friend.
 Congratulations to our competition winner, Daisy Alban-Jones of Hardcastles Cirencester!

Daisy has won two tickets to see Jake Meyer´s hair raising talk, from Kilamjaro to K2. The talk is on Thursday 20th Oct at Westonbirt school. Tickets are still available through http://wwtw.nutickets.com/kili2k2 so be sure to sign up! 
The clock is ticking! Get your tickets.



Time is running out. The tickets were kindly donated by Cotswold Barristers.

Find out more about Jake here: http://www.jakemeyer.co.uk/

Friday, 7 October 2016

Win Tickets for Local Climber Jake Meyer Charity Talk: From Kilamanjaro to K2

Watch out! Make sure you're on time.
Jake Meyer from Tetbury is giving a scintillating talk on Thurs Oct 20th at Westonbirt School! 

In July this year Jake was in the first British expedition to tackle the Pakistani giant, K2. Considered one of the most difficult, we caught up with Jake to find out more, and get a taste of what we will learn on the night! Two tickets are being kindly donated by event sponsor Cotswold Barristers. If you don't win, they are just £15 and the evening is in aid of a great cause, Walking With the Wounded. See the end for the question, and purchasing options!


Can you briefly outline what happened with your recent K2 expedition?
This summer I was part of the first British Team to attempt K2 in 12 years. Early season was relatively smooth. Acclimating, deciding the route and preparing, we were poised to make a summit attempt in July. We set off fit, healthy and with beautiful weather. It would be a five day climb, but we were excited and confident of our chances of reaching the top. The following 7 days turned into an epic journey. Come along to my talk 20th Oct talk for the full story!



What is it about K2 that makes it so difficult?
There are steeper, tougher and higher mountains. The main reason K2 is considered such a challenge is that is it not only incredibly high (8611m), but equally remote. Taking a 120km walk to get to base camp, the weather is fickle. Even the easiest route represents a formidable challenge. Since 1980, 40% of seasons have seen no summits. Ominously, it is the only 8000m peak not to be climbed in winter. Despite that, it still has a 25% summit to death ratio. This tends to raise some eyebrows!


You have come a long way, what is it about climbing that gave you the bug?
It’s rare to find a ‘sport’ where you don’t compete with others. It’s you against the environment. I love that mountaineering forces you to travel the world and seek out some of the most incredible environments and cultures. Whatever the goal, you know it’s only tenacity, determination and hard work that will get you there. 



Soloists can have a great time climbing, but the biggest mountains need a team. How do you make group decisions like putting on an expedition, or in fact calling it off?
I’ve done several solo expeditions. I relish the autonomy and ability to make your own decisions. The flip side is it’s harder to motivate oneself. You miss sharing the experience with others. Being a part of a team is an honour never to be taken for granted. Whether leader or follower, clear recognition of how a team works to achieve its goal is key. Leaders may make difficult and seemingly unpopular decisions, other times the team needs to reach consensus for synergy.



For people who are starting out in climbing, what benefits can be gained socially as well as technically?
Like anything new, the opportunity to meet and engage with likeminded individuals is brilliant. The greatest gift for me is the intensity of the shared experience. There aren’t many situations where you choose to spend days or weeks in unpleasant conditions, making life or death decisions, then at the end of it say “Where next?”



Climbers seem to want to share experience and encouragement, is that because a climber knows how close a success or failure can be?
Experiences from expeditions can create memorable, visceral and meaningful anecdotes for our everyday lives. Many attend a lecture, listen to a story or buy a book because they want to experience the endeavour from the comfort of their armchair. They then find themselves at the edge of it! In the mountains every experience is magnified: teamwork, danger, boredom, pain, the ecstasy and sense of achievement. This offers clarity for peoples own adventures or life choices.


If you could give something to people from your experiences, what would it be?
That given the motivation and desire, you can achieve a hell of a lot more that you might give yourself credit for. The only question is, are you giving yourself the opportunity to find out exactly how much?


Check out Jake's bucket list for his next adventures! How do they compare to yours?
 
· Row an ocean

· Go to a pole

· Canoe a river

· Cross a desert

· Climb K2!

To win two tickets, simply answer this question! How many mountains are in the Seven Summits? Send your answers to Evan@Cirencester-Scene.co.uk. The winner will be announced on Weds 12th!

Tickets can be prebooked at http://wwtw.nutickets.com/kili2k2 and are priced at £15. All proceeds from the tickets go directly to Walking With The Wounded. The doors open at 1830 on the 20th October, and refreshments are provided.