take only memories
leave only footsteps
Mt Everest 8848mtrs, known as Sagarmāthā in Nepal in Tibetan as Chomolungma, Jason Black became the first person in history from Donegal to summit Mt Everest and did so via the Northface on 19-05-2013 at 7am. The Earth‘s highest mountain above sea level is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal runs across its summit point.e
K2 – Located in Pakistan and is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of its ascent, scaling the massive obstacles in K2 makes it the mountaineers mountain. Jason Black wrote himself into history as the first ROI summiteer and survivor on 22nd July 2018 at 6am. It is the second-highest mountain in the world at 28,252ft. With around 320 successful summits, It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of K2 than any other in the world and then you’ve got to get back down.
Denali is the tallest land-based mountain on Earth. In 2014 the route selected by Jason Black was the difficult West Rib approach. Extreme weather conditions brought the expedition to a premature end but the door has been left open to return. Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America—with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet. Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.
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Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside Asia, at 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft), and the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere located in the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina,
Jason Black opened his Adventure account by successfully summiting 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 30 years with a 95% failure rate forcing his five other team members to abandon the climb and retreat. However Jason Black’s 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.
Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. 19,349ft highest mountain on the African continent.
In 2015 Jason Black shocked the mountaineering world speed climbing the mountain in full mountaineering style (complete expedition carry) west-2-east and back with a double summit in 22.5hrs setting the world mountaineering record to the roof of Africa.
Mt Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe, and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. It has two summits, both of which are dormant volcanic domes. The taller west summit is 5,642 metres (18,510 ft), the east summit is 5,621 metres (18,442 ft).
In June of 2017 Jason black was successful on summiting the west summit solo and in one push Europe’s highest mountain in Russia in just 18hrs (Up and Down) – limits like fear are often just an illusion.
Le Mont Blanc Italian: Monte Bianco meaning “White Mountain” is Jason Black’s training ground and a mountain that he truly loves. He can been seen on the mountain on a regular basis with great friends, approaching from multi directions. Mt Blanc rises 4,808.7 m (15,777 ft) above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence. The mountain stands in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Savoie and Haute-Savoie, France. The areas surrounding Mt Blanc makes for the perfect winter ice & rescue & Ski mountaineering training in Europe and in summer the incredible rock make for the perfect bouldering playground.
Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak standing at 6,189mtrs – Jason Black was successful on the mountain summiting in 2012 and it proved to be a vital part to his Mt Everest mountaineering apprenticeship. Island peak located at the head of the Kumba in Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton‘s party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar
Explore the jewel of eastern Asia, the kingdom of the million elephants. Challenge yourself in a mountain race across the tropical jungle, Follow the Mekong river and go meet the many ethnic villages. Start and finish of the race: Luang Prabang, cultural capital city of Laos. 780km and 11,000m of climbing to be completed within the five-day time limit. But cycling in Laos has the added challenge of climate. During the day, the riders experienced 40-degree heat and humidity far beyond what most were used to.
Eco Challange Fiji
Eco-Challenge is the ultimate expedition race in which international teams of adventure athletes will race non-stop, 24 hours a day, across hundreds of miles of rugged backcountry terrain complete with mountains, jungles and oceans. Each team is comprised of a racing team of four competitors and must include at least one member of the opposite sex, plus one assistant crew member. The race will encompass a variety of non-motorized forms of transportation including outrigger paddling, mountain biking, rappelling, climbing, whitewater rafting, pack rafting and paddle boarding. Navigation must be done with map and compass only and teams will be required to use expedition problem-solving skills in their quest for the finish line.
The first team to complete the entire course and cross the finish line will be the winner. If a team loses a member along the way, whether due to injury, exhaustion or disagreement, they will be disqualified. Only teams that can work together under extreme stress and fatigue have any hope of reaching the finish.
Eco-Challenge Fiji is true expedition racing, where adventure meets sport. As our host nation, Fiji will deliver stunning terrain including volcanic cliffs, remote villages and turquoise seas … but it will also provide seemingly impenetrable barriers of dense jungle, rushing rivers, narrow canyons and coral reefs. This will be a life changing experience and more than you could ever have expected!
1 continent, 10 countries, over 4300km self supported with a legendary destination, the Arctic Circle!
This is the North-Cape4000, the Ultra-cycling Bike Adventure.
We’ve worked hard to bring you the most exciting bikepacking event in the world. So sit back, relax and get ready to launch yourself into the most challenging event on two wheels ever seen.
Fight the distance or enjoy the landscapes, or both. There is no time limit, no support, just a few rules. We’ll give you an amazing track and 4 Gates that you must reach but then the rest is up to you.
An extraordinary geographical evolution and an epic challenge from the land of the Beauty to the Arctic Circle and ultimately the NorthCape.
We traced 4300km of timeless atmospheres, amazing landscapes and natural sceneries. All united, to the Great North.
There are 4 obligatory checkpoints or “Gates” where participants have to pass through. Here one can catch their breath whilst having their pass validated.
A legendary adventure requires legendary participants. No outside support whatsoever; total autonomy. You have to earn the title of finisher.
The very famous and possibly the toughest unsupported bikepacking race in the world.
TransAtlanticWay is a 2500km one stage self-supported road bike race between Dublin and Cork via The Wild Atlantic Way. With the pounding swell of the Atlantic as your constant companion, you follow the blue zig-zag signposts through seven of Ireland’s westernmost counties and be treated to many of Ireland’s scenic showstoppers, welcoming towns and villages, heritage sites and plenty of unexpected thrills.
Errigal (Irish: An Earagail, possibly meaning “oratory“) is a 751-metre (2,464 ft) mountain Near Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains and the tallest peak in County Donegal. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the “Seven Sisters” by locals. The Seven Sisters includes Muckish, Crocknalaragagh, Aghla Beg, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Aghla More, Mackoght and Errigal. The nearest peak is Mackoght, which is also known as Little Errigal or Wee Errigal (Irish: an Earagail Bheag).
Jason Black’s passion in mountaineering was clearly honed as a young boy on this very precious mountain, The mountain’s partnership as the perfect training ground made all Jason Black’s summit successes possible. In 2014 Donegal County Council honoured Jason Black by placing a hand crafted stone memorial at the Mountain base to celebrate the first Donegal ascent of Mt Everest.
Ice climbing Italy – The Cognac Valley in Italy is paradise for ice climbers. Cognac is located 1 and a half hour from Chamonix by car. You have two small parallel valleys, the “Valnontey” and the “Lillaz”. The place is wild and beautiful, and sometimes you find yourself climbing side by side with the local fauna! The ice routes are located all along these two valleys, 5km deep. Thanks to the multitude of lines and routes, it’s possible to climb on your own without crossing other parties. There are approximately 100 routes which are easy to access in this fantastic area
The Arctic Circle is the most Northerly of the five major circles of latitude as shown on maps of Earth. It marks the Northern most point at which the noon sun is just visible on the December solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun is just visible on the June solstice. The region North of this circle is known as the Arctic, and the zone just to the South is called the Northern Temperate Zone. Jason Black made the crossing in 2014 spending 6 weeks sledge pulling into the abyss.
A view from heaven
Standing on Top of the World 19-05-2013 at 7am Mt Everest
From the gutter to the summit , was truly a humbling and gratifying moment.
Race across Italy
Finishing 9th overall – Race across Italy is an Ultracycling non stop Race. It crosses three regions, two times into the Appennine touching both the Tirrenian and the Adratic sea, and after 775km and around 10.000mts of elevation is finally back to Silvi. RAI is qualifying race for the famous Race Across America , it is a World Ultra-cycling Cup’s Race. Jason Black made his first solo RAAM qualification at this race finishing 9th over all.
Race around Ireland
Jason Black and his Team were the Winner’s in the 2017 Ultra distance 1000km setting a course record of 70hrs. which has since been broken at 68hrs … just mean’s we have to go back. lol
The Race Around Ireland
Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime?
Are you looking for a unique way to cycle NON-STOP for 2,150 km or the 1000km course (with 22,000m of climbing) around the whole of the island of Ireland? Ultra cycling has no mercy and takes many prisoners.
Race across Oman
Finishing 6th overall in 2018 after leading the totally unsupported 1100km race across the Oman desert with Rodney, Jason Black fell victim to six punctures and vowed to return and in doing so finished second overall in 2019 – a whopping 12hrs faster than last year’s course record.
The Unsupported Race explores the south east Arabian Peninsula the Hajar Mountains the spectacular Jebal shams pass and the Ash Sharqiyah desert.
Race across America
Jason Black has achieved solo qualification for the toughest supported ultra cycling endurance race in the world 2020 – 5000kms west to east non stop across America – and now has the problem of finding a slot to fit the race into his crazy busy adventure life….
Wild Atlantic 555km
Finishing second overall in 2017
The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is an ultra cycling event along 555km of rugged and beautiful Donegal coastline.
The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race route follows the Wild Atlantic Way around the rugged and beautiful coastline of Donegal. Competitors depart Letterkenny and take on some of the most scenic roadways to be found anywhere in the World. The route takes you past Malin head, Mamore Gap, Knockalla, Atlantic Drive, Horn Head, Carrickfin, Glengesh Pass, Sliabh League and Barnesmore Gap all within 40 hours.
World 24hr Indoor record attempt
Chasing Christoph Strasser’s world indoor record of 940km in 24hrs Jason Black attempted the official 24hr world indoor WUCA record at the UK Derby velodrome. After 12hrs Jason Black was ahead of the world record but was struggling with an inner ear imbalance which eventually lead to his withdrawal due to safety reasons. Jason Black stated “This has to be one of the toughest endurance disciplines – 3800 laps around in circles holding the black line your only friend eventually drives you bonkers… ” will he return ? Do cats drink milk!!
Race Across Oman
The summit of Mt Everest 2013
Standing on the summit of the world. 8848mtrs 19-05-2013 at 7am via the North ridge.
Explore the south-east Arabian Peninsula: the Hajar Mountains, the spectacular Jebel Shams Pass, the Ash Sharqiyah Desert and Arabian Seaside Roads. Start your season by joining the first ever self-supported ultra-cycling 1000km race in the middle east, experiencing spectacular scenery and pleasant temperatures! Race starts and finishes in Muscat.
Race around ireland 2017
1100km non stop supported ultra endurance race around Ireland and a qualifying race for RAAM.
Race around ireland 2016
2500km non stop supported full distance endurance race around Ireland and a qualifying race for RAAM. Cut-off time of 114hrs.
Race across italy 2017
RAI “Adriatico-Tirreno-Adriatico” is a Tirreno-Adriatico Round Trip race, crossing three regions, two times into the Appennine touching both the Tirrenian and the Adratic sea, and after 775km and around 10.000mt of elevation is finally back to Silvi. RAI is qualifying race for the famous Race Across America , it is a World Ultracycling Cup’s Race
JASON BLACK || SUPPORTING CLIMATE ACTION