First of all thank you for checking out this blog; it’s a fun way to share the journey with friends and others. I hope you enjoy!
When I first started hiking in 2012 it was an 8.5 hour struggle just to complete the 10km Heart Mountain loop! My strong desire to be fitter and healthier, however, became my greatest asset. I had wanted to be fit my entire life but never had a strong enough reason…until I discovered that all the beautiful mountains in the Bow Valley could be climbed!
Recently people have begun labeling me as a ‘runner’ and lumping what I’ve done and what I’m doing into the ‘runner’ category, like it’s something only a certain type of person can do and that’s bullshit. It is important to realize that I started from square one 5 years ago, as someone who rarely hiked even. You need to know that you can achieve any level of fitness you want, at any point in your life. How long it takes is only determined by the strength of your desire. If I can do it, you can too!
Jamie Junker is a mountain endurance athlete training out of Canmore, AB, Canada.
Jamie’s passion is climbing mountains and continually striving to the highest levels of great health. He devotes his life to the pursuit of realizing the true and full potentials in himself and others.
Jamie’s mission is to help & inspire others to achieve the full fruition of their wildest dreams in any arena.
Climbing mountains is my true calling and it is what I was born to do.
My dream is to summit the most beautiful, exciting and highest peaks all over the world and it will come true. “
Main Disciplines: Alpine Running, Scrambling, & Mountain Running
Current City: Canmore, AB
Active Since: 2012
Education: 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate, Certificate in Chemical Process Operations (SAIT), Journalism Arts Diploma (SAIT)
Occupation: Young Living Essential Oils Team Leader, Freelance adventure writer and photographer
Hobby’s: Peak bagging, Climbing, Swimming, Cycling, Writing
Mountain Summits Reached Alltime:
537 (*current as of Jan 10, 2017)
Mountain Elevation Logged by GPS since 2014:
504,669m (*current as of Jan 10, 2017)
Distance Logged by GPS since 2014: 7878.2 km
(*current as of Jan 10, 2017)
Total Summits reached 2016: 182
Unique Summits reached 2016: 123
Elevation Gain GPS Logged 2016: 200,998m
Trail Distance GPS Logged 2016: 2,649.1km
Climbers Scramble FKT’s:
Goat Mountain Solo Traverse: 5 hours 45 mins – solo
Mount Northover via the South Ridge: 8 hours 4 mins – solo
Mount Vaux: 7 Hours 56 mins -solo
One Lap of Mount Smuts: 4 hours 55 mins – solo
Two laps of Mount Smuts: 8 hours 9 mins -solo
Mount Baldy via West Ridge: 1 hour 41 mins -solo
The Lougheed Traverse: 9 hours -with Ruchel Stevens
Current record holder of the fastest GPS FKT’s times (via Strava) on the following mountains (round trip):
Prairie Mountain Winter Double: 1 hour 58 mins
Prairie Mountain: 53 mins
Mount Baldy North Circuit: 1 hour 31 mins
Mount Baldy West Circuit: 1 hour 57 mins
Mount Baldy Car to Car: 1 hour 17 min
Wasootch Peak: 1 hour 40 mins
Mount Galwey (ascent): 1 hour 9 mins
Notable Speed Trips:
Mount Yamnuska: 1 hour 22 mins
Heart Mountain Loop: 2 hours 6 mins
Glasgow to Banded: 8 hours 7 mins
Mount Ishbel: 6 hours 3 mins
Mount Smuts: 5 hours
Ha Ling to Grassi: 4 hours 44mins
Mount Crandell: 3 hours 38 mins -via Bears Hump
Mount Galwey: 2 hours 20 mins
Twin Towers from Heart: 4 hours 35 mins
Mount Ernest Ross: 3 hours 33mins
Observation Peak: 3 hours
Future Goals and Challenges Short Term:
-Finish the Kane scrambles! (only 75 to go from the 3rd edition)
-Develop mountaineering skills needed to summit all 58 of the 11,000 foot peaks in the Canadian Rockies.
-Create a massive network of friends with the common interests of excellent health, financial freedom and mountaineering.
Future Goals and Challenges Long Term:
-Climb all 58 of the 11,000 foot peaks in the Canadian Rockies (very quickly)
-Promote the sports of Alpine Running, Mountain Running and Scrambling
-Climb every single mountain within a 200km radius of Banff and beyond (admittedly this will be dictated more by time and finances than skill)
-Summit Mounts Assiniboine, Columbia, Robson, Alberta, Logan, Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, K2, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, Shisha Pangma, Kangchenjunga, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Annapurna, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Denali and many more by the fairest means possible and as quickly as possible.
-Help others achieve financial freedom so they too have the necessary means to develop their full athletic potentials.