Arqiva keeps Jake Meyer connected all the way from K2

We are delighted to be supporting Jake Meyer in his attempt to be the youngest Briton to climb K2.

As main communications sponsor, we are providing Jake with vital communications equipment to keep him and his team connected and safe during his expedition. Our kit enables Jake to broadcast regular updates about his climb and also provides access to vital emergency services.

A serving Army Reservist, Jake is raising funds for the charity Walking with the Wounded, which provides support to wounded ex-service men and women making the often difficult transition into civilian life after leaving the military. Arqiva has been supporting Walking with the Wounded as part of our ongoing corporate responsibility programme since 2013.

“For Arqiva to be able to support is a tremendous help, but it also demonstrates how we can be connected wherever we are in the world and how Arqiva really is number one at being able to do that. So it doesn't matter whether or not you're on a mountain or at the South Pole, Arqiva is front and centre about keeping people connected.”

Jake started climbing at the age of 12, and now at the age of 32 he is attempting K2 for the second time, in the hope to becoming the youngest Briton to climb K2. K2 is located in Pakistan in the Karakoram Mountain Range and at 8,611m (28,251ft) is the second highest mountain in the world (less than 250m/750ft lower than Everest). It is known as ‘The Savage Mountain’ – as it is considered one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains in the world. Jake first attempted K2 in 2009, as part of an international climbing team on the Cesen route. However after 2 months of climbing, they had to turn back only 900m below the summit, due to the snow conditions and faulty oxygen equipment.

The current expedition started on 11 June 2016 and is expected to last about 70 days. The team reached base camp on 28 June and will attempt the summit after a few weeks’ acclimatisation and altitude training.

Whilst at base camp Jake has been using the communications equipment provided by Arqiva to share details of the expedition. You can follow Jake’s progress through Twitter (@jakeclimber or @K2climb2016) and his official website

All of us at Arqiva wish Jake the best of luck in his exciting challenge.

Before he left, we took the opportunity to interview Jake about the expedition – you can read it here.