Quick-fire questions with adventurer and GetOutside Champion Kate Jamieson

Mountaineer, adventurer and GetOutside Champion Kate Jamieson answers a round of our 'quick-fire questions'.


Kate Jamieson is an adventurer, mountaineer and writer who also runs operations for a private maritime security company.

What do you see as your biggest achievement in the last few years?


Probably climbing Kilimanjaro, not only because it’s a big mountain, but also because I managed to do it with a dislocated kneecap and shredded cartilage! I guess if anything it showed me that I’m mentally strong and can overcome most obstacles. I also conquered my fear of heights (almost) this year whilst climbing in Chamonix, so that was a pretty big thing for me.


What would you like to achieve next in your career?


Ooh, there’s a question. I’m actually looking elsewhere at the moment (it’s okay, my bosses know) because after almost four years pirate fighting, it seems the right time for a change. Who knows what adventure will come next?! Hopefully something in the mountains.


What’s your favourite movie?


So I actually have two… Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World and the Disney version of Robin Hood!


And Actor?


Kevin Spacey.


And musician?


Freddie Mercury, I’m a huge Queen fan!


And author?


John Le Carré.


Is there a sport you haven’t tried which you’d really like to?


Speed riding… maybe one day!


Where’s your favourite place to relax?


By the sea.


Tell us about a really embarrassing moment?


I once asked if rabbits lay eggs.


Easter eggs… rabbits… there’s some logic there?!


Do you have a tattoo?


I do, I have Kilimanjaro permanently etched on my foot.


Which athlete’s inspiring life story has had the biggest impact on you?


Lindsey Vonn. Not because I’m a downhill skier, but because she is the most motivated person I’ve come across in sport. She’s faced potentially career-ending injuries and then still managed to come back & win

world championships. She also runs the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, which is worth reading about if you have time!


What’s your best characteristic?


I’m very motivated and will push myself to get where I want to be.


And worst habit?


I doubt myself whenever I try something new and expect to fail, but then the motivation kicks in and I push through.



Katie is an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion.

If you could order any three-course meal what would it be?


Bruschetta, a seafood risotto and tiramisu!


If you had to get stuck in an elevator with someone who would that person be?


Elizabeth Hawley. She chronicles Himalayan expeditions, was the first journalist to get the scoop the US Everest first ascent and has met so many famous mountaineers throughout the years, including Sir Edmund Hillary. I bet she’d have the best stories!


What’s your most used curse word?


Shit. I use it a lot, probably far too often!


What are you most afraid of?


Failure. Oh and spiders… I cry and panic. It’s embarrassing for a 27 year old!


What makes you happiest?


Being outside, I recently got back from a trip to the Alps and there’s something so peaceful about being out walking with barely anybody around.


What one word would you use to describe the last three years of your life?




You can read Kate’s writings and follow her most recent adventures at www.adventuresofkate.co.uk

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