Jamie Clarke (born 1968) is a Canadian adventurer, author, filmmaker, actor, and public speaker. He has summitted Mt. Everest twice, climbed the Seven Summits, and is one of the few westerners who have crossed The Empty Quarter on camels.
Clarke lives in Calgary, AB, where he co-owns two outdoor retail businesses, The Out There Adventure Centre and LiveOutThere.com. He also speaks around the world with Keppler Speakers.
Clarke was born in Calgary, and as a child spent time hiking and skiing with his family in the Rocky Mountains. As a teenager he started competitive cross country skiing and enjoyed national success.
Clarke first tried to climb Everest in 1991 in the "Climb for Hope" expedition. The team of 21 climbers reached 25,000 ft on a north side ascent before bad weather foiled their attempt.
Clarke's second attempt was in 1994 with the "Lungs Without Limits" expedition. Because the expedition was in support of the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Lung Association, the team climbed without bottled oxygen. Approaching from the north, the team of 14 made it within 150m of the summit before altitude sickness and bad weather forced them to descend.
Clarke summited Everest for the first time on May 23, 1997 on a south side approach. In 2010 Clarke returned to Everest to summit a second time as part of the "Climb With Us" expedition. The team of six summited May 17, 2010. The expedition was designed to test the HanesBrands "Super Suit".
Between 1993 and 2008 Clarke summited each of the Seven Summits:Mount Aconcagua (1993)
Mount McKinley (1996)
Mount Everest (1997)
Mount Kilimanjaro (2001)
Mount Elbrus (2005)
Vinson Massif (2006)
Carstensz Pyramid (2008)
Following his 1997 Mt. Everest Summit, Clarke set out to cross The Empty Quarter, by camel, a 1,126 km journey through Oman, Saudi Arabia, and ending at Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. He was accompanied by his brother Leigh, his friend Bruce, and three Bedouin guides. The expedition took 40 days.
Clarke began public speaking in 1987, and began speaking professionally in 1992. He speaks at schools, corporate conferences, meetings, and universities, and has spoken all over the world.
In 2003 Clarke and George Achilleos opened the Out There Adventure Centre in Calgary. It is a high-end outdoor apparel and gear store. In 2009 Clarke and Achilleos expanded their outdoor business online, opening LiveOutThere.com, an online outdoor retailer serving the Canadian market. Initially LiveOutThere.com was intended to be an online community for outdoor enthusiasts, but after two years the website was switched to a focus on e-commerce. LiveOutThere.com was listed as #39 on the 2013 Profit Magazine Hot 50.
Clarke co-authored The Power of Passion (re-published as Above All Else: The Everest Dream) with Alan Hobson after Clarke's 1997 Everest summit. Following his expedition across The Empty Quarter, Clarke wrote and released From Everest to Arabia: The Making of an Adventuresome Life, chronicling the journey.
Clarke has been a regular columnist for CBC Radio Calgary's The Homestretch since July 2013. His weekly segment is called "Get Out There" and focuses on getting outside and being active.
Clarke has appeared in two 1986 motion pictures; Rad as Luke and Hyper Sapien as Leo.Nominated for the Order of Canada
Three-time Canadian Junior Cross-Country Ski Champion