FIND YOUR FIRE
GLOBAL ENDURANCE ATHLETE
Born in Ireland & growing up in Co. Donegal as a young boy, Jason Black’s 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 women & men
“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 or stand in the way of living your life your way & to its complete fullness….Believe in yourself & find a way.
Jason Black, 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 and only Donegal person to stand on the summit of Mt Everest the highest place on the planet at 29,029ft on 19th may 2013, climbing the challenging North-face route via Tibet. On 22nd of July at 6am Jason Black went one better and top of his Endurance career by been the first republic of Ireland person to successfully summit and survive K2 the second highest mountain and revered as the toughest mountain in the world.…..K2 was everything and more, beyond belief.
Jason Black has summited the savage mountain K2. On the 22nd July at 6am Jason Black as part of an 8 person team made history in being the first Republic of Ireland person to summit & survive the toughest mountain in the world standing at 8611mtrs.
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.
In 2014 20,310ft standing as the highest mountain in America. The route selected was the difficult West rib approach. Extreme weather conditions brought the expedition to a premature end and leave the door open to return.
Jason Black opened his Adventure account on 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 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.
19,349ft highest mountain on the African continent, in 2015 Jason Black set the world mountaineering record speed climbing the mountain west-2-east and back with a double summit in 22.5hrs.
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. 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.
4 Mont Blanc summits , the mountain name meaning "White Mountain", is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia's Caucasus peaks. It rises 4,808.7 m above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence.