Jacob Cook


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© 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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Bivy on the Tom Egan, August 2018  © Cook/Hodgins Collection

Interview Perfect Partners #12: Jacob Cook and Bronwyn Hodgins

In this series of articles, Tom Ripley interviews some well-known - and lesser known - climbing partnerships to dig up their dirty secrets and find out what they really think of one another... Based in Squamish, British Columbia, Jacob ...

Tony McLane and Jacob Cook having fun on Mt. Slesse  © Jacob Cook
Tony McLane and Jacob Cook having fun on Mt. Slesse  © Jacob Cook

News Jacob Cook in Canada - New Route on Mt Slesse

Jacob Cook moved to Canada last year and has been busy packing in as much climbing as possible ever since. He recently established a new route on the East face of Mount Slesse in the Coast Mountain range alongside Tony McLane, named Welcome to the...

Robbie Phillips - El Nino  © Jacob Cook
Robbie Phillips - El Nino  © Jacob Cook

News VIDEO - Free climbing El Cap with Jacob Cook and Robbie Phillips

Pete Whittaker on crux pitch 24 of Freerider  © Jacob Cook
Pete Whittaker on crux pitch 24 of Freerider  © Jacob Cook

News Brits on Form in Yosemite Valley

Robbie Phillips has just returned from Yosemite, where he made a rare free ascent of the Pre Muir Wall. British climbers were out in...

Jacob Cook and Robbie Phillips  © Robbie Phillips
Jacob Cook and Robbie Phillips  © Robbie Phillips

Newsflash El Niño for Cook and Phillips

Jacob Cook and Robbie Phillips have repeated El Niño 5.13c (8a+) on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. This...

Chris, Bronwyn and Jacob on top of El Cap  © Jacob Cook
Chris, Bronwyn and Jacob on top of El Cap  © Jacob Cook

Video Freerider by Jacob Cook

Last Spring Jacob Cook, Bronywn Hodgins and Chris Bevins travelled to Yosemite to climb Freerider on El Capitan. Jacob and Chris managed...

Jacob on pitch 2 - 8a+  © Jacob Cook
Jacob on pitch 2 - 8a+  © Jacob Cook

News Disco 2000: First Free Ascent by MacLeod, Muskett and Cook

A strong trio of British climbers - Dave MacLeod, Calum Muskett and Jacob Cook - recently travelled to...

Bronwyn and Jacob on El Capitan  © Jacob Cook
Bronwyn and Jacob on El Capitan  © Jacob Cook

Interview Jacob Cook on Big Walls and Bivouacs

Moonlight Buttress  © UKC News
Moonlight Buttress  © UKC News

Video Big-Walling on Moonlight Buttress

Jacob Cook climbs new Ilkley E9 #4  © jacobjacob
Jacob Cook climbs new Ilkley E9 #4  © jacobjacob

News Jacob Cook Climbs New Gritstone E9 at Ilkley

Jacob Cook on his flash ascent of the hard and high Cindy Crawford 7C, Ilkley  © Alistair Brash
Jacob Cook on his flash ascent of the hard and high Cindy Crawford 7C, Ilkley  © Alistair Brash

News Jacob Cook Ticks His Way Through Ilkley Testpieces

Jacob Cook - Roaches Roof VIdeo  © Jacob Cook
Jacob Cook - Roaches Roof VIdeo  © Jacob Cook

Video New Route - Biggest Roof on Grit?


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Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten mode...

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

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our eye.

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

We so often hear of revolutionary new fabrics that it's hard not to be cynical. But Rab's Proflex fabric really is a step forward, says Rob Greenwood, combining the breathability of softshell with the waterproofness of a hard shell.

The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear
The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Vapour V

The original Vapour V came out in 2010, but the latest version has seen some big changes. This is very much a shoe of two halves, says Rob...

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean?...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...


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Phantom Tech  © Scarpa

Scarpa Phantom Tech

The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing. The new waterproof gaiter design uses PU Tek technology to create a lightweight but extremely durable outer with a high degree ...

Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab
Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab

The Next Generation of Rab

Since our founding in 1981 we have worked at the forefront of insulation technology, becoming masters of our craft. Developing cutting-edge insulation designs requires the same approach that we bring to the mountains. Moving constantly forward with careful...

Rab Young Alpinists Meet  © Ben Tibbetts
Rab Young Alpinists Meet  © Ben Tibbetts

Bringing up the next generation of Young Alpinists

This year Rab embarked on a landmark new project aimed at inspiring the next generation of young alpine climbers. Together with IFMGA Mountain Guide Ric Potter, the brand funded a project in which nine 16-year-old novice Alpinists...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

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

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...

ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa
ZG Thumbnail  © Scarpa

The Scarpa Zero Gravity Collection

The Zero Gravity (ZG) family of product represents a new class of product for Scarpa, designed around a fluid and dynamic...