Jason Black


Renowned Global endurance Athlete & Irelands leading Adventurer Mountaineer.

Born in Ireland & growing up in Co. Donegal as a young boy, his love for the great out doors was heavily influenced through cubs and scouts. Mother nature providing the mountains waterways & unspoiled coast line, Ireland was to be his perfect adventure play ground. Jason’s light hearted fun filled nature makes expedition life an adventure to enjoy. But his unfaltering determination as a very keen athlete from a very early age, has always played centre stage in his daily life allowing no obstacle stand between him and success in life.

Not the best at school, sport has always been his salvation, giving him self belief discipline and a competitive attitude to be the best he could ever be twenty years in Judo association of Ireland competing for Ireland on international duties. Alongside this a further twenty years a member of cycling Ireland racing competitively in regional and Irish national road races including three FBD International Milk Ras.  Years followed in sport and Mountaineering once again came to the fore in his passion for adventure. Honing his skills around the world climbing with exceptional athletes prepared him to tackle the might of the +8000mtr giants and the greatest mountains in the world.

Today Jason Blacks passion to either climb high or go long in global endurance sports, testing his physical and mental capabilities is as strong today as ever placing him as one of Irelands leading mountaineers & endurance adventurer. A daily ritual of 3/4 hours training six days a week places him as an elite global endurance athlete & the formidable irish power house.

Jason’s belief “success in life“,is shared with the youth of the Irish communities as he travels the globe encouraging young men & girls “Not to be afraid of setting new goals, finding away to overcome the obstacles, visualising the prize and delivering your dreams and ambitions”. He echoes, having a dream in life and finding a way to achieving it (at times against all the odds) is the greatest summit success you will ever achieve. Don’t let dream stealers pull you down put you of or stand in the way of living your life to the full….Believe in yourself & find a way.

Jason, like others has had his fair share of lows & losses in his life. But his residence to continue and stand up each time he’s been knocked down truly shows his real strength. His self belief and commitment as a person seen him making Irish history, being the first Donegal person ever to stand on the summit of Mt Everest the highest place on the planet at 29,029ft on 19th may 2013.

Denali in Alaska in 2014 and in 2015 set the bar even higher setting the world record on Kilimanjaro speed climbing the mountain via the west-2-east and back with a double summit in 22.5hrs.

K2 – In June of 2015 Jason in the foot steps of Ger mc Donnell was just the second Irish person in history to take on the “mountaineers mountain” the toughest endurance adventure on the planet, the mighty K2 mountain in pakistan. K2 standing at 28,251ft and the second highest in the world, yet boasts the biggest prize in mountaineering. With only 360 persons successfully to survive K2 the facts paint a picture of the gravity of the challenge.

Aconcagua – 2016 Jason Black opened his Adventure account on successfully summiting Aconcagua the highest mountain in south America and one of the elusive seven summits. His attempt was riddled with extreme weather conditions and the worst weather recorded in 30years with a 95% failure rate forcing his five other team members to abandon the climb and retreat, however Jason Blacks personal self belief and strong will to survive allowed him to persevere with the hardships, eventually solo summiting the mountain on 13th January 2016 and in doing so setting a new mountaineering record climbing expedition style from Argentina base-camp to the summit 22,834ft direct and traversing to Mulas base-camp on the other side in 32hrs in what should have taken fifteen days allowing for a progressive acclimatisation, an incredible physical feat.

Race Across Italy 2016 – Jason Black took on the 850km world cup endurance cycling race across Italy with 35,000ft of climbing across the Abruzzi mountains touching both the Triennia and the Adriatic sea coast 2 coast. 
Race Around Ireland 2016 – Jason Black took to his native country roads of Ireland racing against the clock on the 2250km non stop World cup Ultra endurance cycle race.
Donegal Atlantic way ultra 2016 – Jason Black finished a fantastic second on the inaugural 555km Donegal Atlantic way ultra cycling endurance race. 
Race Across Italy 2017  Jason Black took to the challenging roads of Italy again, this time chasing a Solo qualification for Race across America. 
Mt Elbrus 2017 In June of 2017 Jason black was successful on summiting Europes highest mountain Elbrus in Russia.  

Jason Black ,this very proud & modest Irish man can be seen training harder than ever surely plotting and planning his next wild and wonderful expedition as brand Ambassador for Renault Ireland & associated sponsors to dance globally with mother nature once again.


Comments: 10

  • Linda fogarty
    10/04/2013 8:15 pm

    Hi Jason best of luck with your climb stay safe and know all your cousins are right behind youxxx

  • David, Sinéad, Gráinne and Órlaith
    11/04/2013 3:58 pm

    Hey Jason,
    Just want to say a big “Happy Birthday” and wish you a safe ascent. David has just the book for your return. It’s called “The Ascent of Rum Doodle” and is sort of a spoof on the first ascent of Everest. It’ll give you a laugh! Lots of love from all of us. xx

  • Linda fogarty
    17/04/2013 6:14 pm

    Keep going Jason you sound in good form enjoy every minute really enjoy your updates take care xxxx

  • David, Sinéad, Gráinne and Órlaith
    21/04/2013 10:00 pm

    Hey Jason,
    Following your exploits with great interest. David is very envious but too old too old to follow suit! Take care,

  • Linda fogarty
    22/04/2013 5:48 pm

    Great stories Jason keep them coming good to know you in safe hands.take care,

  • Kevin Shields
    25/04/2013 2:14 pm

    Jason, you are effing inspirational – amazing stuff !!

    This might not be the time ask something of you … but … the Dave Gallaher International Summer (23 – 27 July) would LOVE to have you as a guest speaker at one of our conference modules. We have a very interesting programme and a 25-strong delegation of New Zealand Maori’s are coming to play their ancient sport of Ki-o-Rahi.

    They – and us – would love to hear the story of your ascent of Everest. especially since New Zealander Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was the first man (with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay) to make it to the top back in 1953 (60 year anniversary on May 29th).

    We’ll talk when you return.

    Onwards and upwards Jason……
    We’re all behind you – pushing like mad !!

    Kevin Shields


  • Linda fogarty
    26/04/2013 8:11 pm

    Jason you are now the man who deserves all our respect glad you are getting better ,keep up the good work and the blogs are great take care x

  • Ed ODonnell
    19/11/2015 10:07 am

    Hi Jason
    Great to finally meet you at the Scout Mountain Moot
    Last weekend in Donigal and to Thank you for your time and sharing your personal moments on the hills. I think speaking for all really fantastic talk and very much appreciated.
    Yours in scouting.
    Ed ODonnell
    P.s the Samon fish was really lovely too

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