Jamie Clarke is a natural born explorer. He grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada and fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. In his teens, he was a competitive cross-country ski phenomenon, enjoying success on the national stage. Soon though, he had his eyes set on higher things.
His first attempt of summiting Mount Everest came in 1991 at the age of 23. Bad weather stymied the ‘Climb for Hope’ team. Three years later, Jamie was back, this time with the Canadian ‘Lungs Without Limits’ team. Again, Mother Nature intervened within sight of the summit.
Success came in 1997, and again in 2010, when Jamie stood proudly on top of the world. Between Everest expeditions, he had been collecting the other of the Seven Summits, the tallest places on each of the seven continents: Mount Aconcagua (1993), Mount McKinley (1996), Mount Kilimanjaro (2001), Mount Elbrus (2005), Vinson Massif (2006), and Carstensz Pyramid (2008). And he also spent 40 days crossing the Empty Quarter of Arabia by camel in 1999.
He retired in 2010 to spend more time with his wife Barb and their two children. He became an early e-commerce entrepreneur, launching an outdoor gear website alongside a bricks-and-mortar store. He also became a sought-after speaker on podiums across North America, Europe and Asia.
But the call of the wild is strong with Jamie. He has been harbouring a desire to go on an expedition with his son since they spent a month together in Nepal in 2010, when Khobe was just nine.
The latest expedition will have son Khobe at 18 years of age teaming up with dad Jamie at 51. It’s a completely different dynamic.
“You spend all your time looking after your kids and then one day, they start to look after you. Maybe this will be that trip; when Khobe steps from boy to man and says, “Hey Dad, I’ll take it from here.”
Expedition.Life Mongolia is the first of Jamie’s new ventures as an advocate for reassessing our relationship with digital media and encouraging a life connected to nature and the great outdoors.
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