Jacob Cook

I'm drawn to climbing by big lines on impressive bits of rock, the kind of thing you look at and think "imagine being up there!" I like to climb more for the intense experiences to be had on the rocks rather than for particular ticks or numbers. I'm most inspired by people who seek out true adventure in the sport.

I started climbing aged 7 at the Castle Climbing Centre in London and got into comps at a young age. It wasn't until I was 20 that I truly discovered outdoor climbing and the climbing lifestyle. I learned to climb trad by working my way up through the grades in the UK, repeating classic test pieces like Lord of the Flies (E6 6a) and The New Statesman (E8 7a). In Spring 2014 I went to Yosemite Valley to try Big Wall climbing for the first time. That trip changed my life, it's like a switch flipped in my brain and all I wanted to do was more big wall climbing! Since then I've made 5 return trips to Yosemite, climbed El Capitan 10 times and made many trips to other big walls in Norway, Greenland, France, Canada and Morocco.

In the future I’m interested in climbing more big walls, being part of more expeditions to remote areas, continuing to improve as a climber and living a life of adventure!


-Hometown-

I was born in London, England. I now live in Squamish, BC, Canada.

-Projects-

I'm most inspired by big walls and adventure climbing, but I also enjoy single pitch trad and sport climbing. I am also a mathematician; the mental challenge of mathematics meshes well with my love of climbing.

-Successes-

Redpoint of Revival 8c on the Big Show in Squamish | 3 free ascents of El Capitan including El Nino (8a+) in 6 days and Freerider (7c+) in 17 hoursFirst free ascent of "Disco 2000" on Blamman, Norway | First Free ascent of the East Face of Mount Slesse in BC | First ascent of the Horn of Upernivik on the West Coast of Greenland | First ascent of "The Lizard King" E9 7a at Ilkley in Yorkshire | A Phd in Pure matemtics which I completed in 2015. My Thesis was titled "Ordinal Analysis of Set Theories; Relativised and Intuitionistic"

-Favourite Scarpa-

My go-to shoes for almost everything are the Vapour Vs, from all day alpine trad routes to 8b granite slabs to 8c sport climbs, they do everything! That being said I recently tried on a pair of the Maestros, which could spell the end of an era for the Vapour Vs.

-No Place too Far-

Yosemite is the area I will keep coming back to, it feels like there is an endless succession of challenges and inspiring routes to push myself on there. Climbing on Yosemite Big Walls over the past few years I have discovered a new level of "try hard" that I didn't know I possessed..


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