One Mile Closer - Rob Gauntlett

Rob Gauntlett


In 2006 Rob reached the summit of Mount Everest and in doing so became the youngest Briton to scale the world's highest mountain.

On May 17th 2006 Rob reached the summit of Mount Everest and in doing so became the youngest Briton to scale the world's highest mountain, shortly after his 19th birthday.

In 2003 and with no climbing experience at all, Rob along with school friend James Hooper, decided during their GCSEs at school that they wanted to climb Mount Everest. The seed was sown and the "Gauntlett" had been laid down. After years of relentless training Rob and James turned their dream into reality and proved their critics wrong who insisted that it was impossible.

Not content with this achievement, and still just 19 years old, they wanted to prove to other young people how important it is to believe in your own abilities. This message along with their passion for the environment was enough to drive them onto even bigger projects. In March 2007 Rob and James set off on an epic journey from the North Geomagnetic Pole to the South Magnetic Pole using entirely human and natural power.

One year, one month and one day later they sailed past Sydney Opera House having traveled 26,000 miles, Pole to Pole, through 15 different countries inspiring the millions who logged onto their award winning website

2002 - Rob cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats at the age of 15, covering a total distance of 1108 miles

2003 - Rob undertook a cycle tour of arctic Norway. The idea of climbing Everest arose when Rob was 16.

2004 - Rob ran the London Marathon in 3 hours 30 mins. He climbed in the Alps, Scotland and attempted Mt Spantik (7,032m), Pakistan.

2005 - Expeditions and training for Mount Everest including climbing Mount Ama Dablam (6856m) and cycling from Bilbao in Spain to Instanbul, Turkey.

2006 - Ascent of Mount Everest (8,848m) from Tibet. Rob became the youngest Briton to summit the mountain.

2007-2008 - 180 Degrees Pole to Pole expedition using only human and natural power; more than 26,000 miles using only skis, dogsleds, sails and bicycles.

2007 - Honorary Diploma from the University of Queretaro, Mexico for the 180 degrees Expedition.

2008 - Rob and James Hooper become National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. Rob also became the youngest fellow of The Royal Geographical Society.