Jacob Cook


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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!


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Approach Shoes

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...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

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The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket & Pants

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Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

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mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

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ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

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Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

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OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

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OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

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OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

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ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa

The Scarpa Zero Gravity Collection

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Kinetic Alpine Action 2  © Rab

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Rab Down  © Rab

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ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

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