An introduction to modern-day adventurer Rupert Jones-Warner
Rupert Jones-Warner is one of those throwback British adventurers, cast from the same mold as George Mallory or Ranulph Fiennes. He’s tough, refined and well-spoken and has a mix of derring-do and panache that we really admire here at Everwrist.
March 2017, Rupert, 25, will attempt to set a new record by becoming the first and the youngest Briton to summit Mount Everest twice. In order to break this record, Rupert will climb both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the Earth’s tallest mountain. Rupert is taking on this challenge to not only fulfill a lifelong dream but to also support a charity he shares a deep connection with. Aiming to raise £50,000, the money will help aid Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice in Sussex.
We recently had a chance to catch up with Rupert, who was gracious enough to answer some questions about his trip and kind enough to take one of our watches on his expedition.
1. Describe yourself in the most straight-forward way
I would say I am someone who follows my interests and someone that is not afraid to try and fail.
2. What is the hardest thing you have ever done in your life?
Definitely some of the stuff I have done with the military in the last few years. I have also been pushing myself extremely hard while training in Snowdonia recently with heavy backpacks and long distances. Even sometimes going through the night. But that’s just training!
3. What are you working on right now?
At the moment I am working towards my Mount Everest expedition. I am planning on attempting to climb the mountain from 2 routes consecutively. The 70 day expedition will start from the Nepalese side of the mountain. After my first summit attempt I will descend, fly by helicopter around to the North (Tibetan) side of the mountain and make my second summit attempt. If I am successful, I will become the first Briton to do this and the youngest ever.
4. We know that you are attempting to become the first Brit to summit Everest twice in one go, how are you preparing for this?
Last year, while prepping for Everest, I went to the Himalayas and trained. When I was in the UK, I trained on the South Downs in Sussex and in the gym. This year I have been focusing on endurance by training in the hills in Wales. It is particularly good and where George Mallory and Sandy Irvine trained for their expedition in 1924.
5. Name one thing you can’t live without.
Running and an iPod! I have to run everyday and get out of the house. I always run with music as it allows me to completely switch off.
6. Who or what influences you?
I really admire people that go and do their own thing, whether they are successful or not! I am a massive daydreamer with a very short attention span. This means my attention ends up going on huge things like Everest. Unless these things don’t completely captivate my imagination, then I lose interest very quickly!
7. We can see from your Instagram feed that you are an avid reader. What are you reading right now?
I am reading ‘The Maverick Mountaineer’. It is the life of Australian climber George Finch who accompanied George Mallory on the famous 1924 expedition. He was one of the best climbers of his day as well as an inventor and scientist. I have only just started it though and looking forward to getting stuck in!
8. Name one thing no one knows about you.
I am actually a massive wimp, very shy and terrified of heights! I have to really concentrate to try and hide my fear.
9. If you could go back and tell your younger self something, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to try everything. Be more confident and don’t be afraid to fail.
10. How do you want to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who stuck to their moral compass. Someone who wasn’t afraid to go after what they wanted and wouldn’t give up.
We would like to thank Rupert for the time he has taken to answer these questions and for taking part in this interview.
Please make sure you take a moment to look at his site and Facebook page below.
View Ruperts website here