Jaco Ottink
Nickname: Jaco


Jaco Ottink





What wilderness sports/adventures are you into?

Climbing Everest in May 2016

Other activities /Hobbies?

Traveling (exploring) and all kind off sport like soccer, diving, mountain climbing, skiing

What do you do for a living?

After working 16 years with Unilever I am now enjoying a career break with 3 main goals. Accelerate the development of our 3 children, Quality time as a family and something for ME

Tell us about you? Give us a potted history of your journey so far?

I am from the Netherlands and have been living there for 37 years. I have 2 great parents and sisters and as a family we found a great balance.

I met my wife 11 years ago and she is the biggest driver behind all my dreams. We are fortunate to have 3 beautiful kids, Lente 8 (which means spring in Dutch) Iris 6 and Tom who just turned 1 in December.

The four of us moved 5 years ago to Singapore and 2 years later we stated a new chapter in Sydney.

List your Adventures and achievements so far?

Most of my adventures are related to climbing.

My father told me once a nice lesson by saying "you like all kind of different sports but if you want to move the needle than you need to choose. So I started to become more serious with climbing when I was 18.

After several courses in the Alps I was asked to participate in an expedition to Alaska. Our Goal climbing Mt Mc Kinley 6192m. Over the last 20 years I have spend more than a year in the mountains and have been climbing many of them.

As a result of this I hope to complete in May this year the 7 Summits (climbing on each continent the highest mountain)

How long have you been training at Joe's Basecamp?

I am now in my third month with Joe

whats your favorite training?

Although Matt is driving me nuts I really enjoy the 4 session I have with him every week. His knowledge and perfection is great. With many exercises its like learning to walk again.

Whats the worst thing Joe and his crew make you do?

Besides that they expect me to come back every day I still remember day one. Stepping up and down on a box 500 times with 12kg on my bag was not the session I enjoyed

What does a training day look like for you?

At the moment its full on. Training 20 hours a week and its will go up to 30 but I enjoy the progress I make. A day during the week starts with a nice breakfast a drive to Joe followed by 30 minutes stretching.

That most times I have my session with Matt for an hour and after that I jump into my favourite altitude room for 60 or 120 minutes. The afternoon I try to stay away from training only some stretching.

If you could be stuck on a mountain or in a tent with anybody who would it be and why?

Ideally with my wife who is also a very good climber but on most expeditions she takes care of the kids. So if its needs to be somebody else then I prefer one of my climbing partners which I met over the last 20 years.

Its great to spend time with people who understand why you want to climb mountains.

What are your strengths?

I have a great passion for sales, I am a people manager and I am easy going. I am good with motivating people and famous as a coach within Unilever in several countries.

I am always honest and very open about myself and what I feel.

What are your weaknesses?

I can be inpatient and I am really a perfectionist with almost everything which can be difficult for people around me because I always have high expectations

Tell us a secret?

What is the key to happiness?

Live Life to the Max. Put yourself in the driver seat and make it happen. And never stop Exploring

What are you reading?

Besides emails and internet pages related to news I am not a real fan of reading books. When I am reading its mostly related to mountains or other kind of upcoming holidays or adventures

What do you watch?

I can really enjoy our Friday evening Crisps night with the kids. We do this on most Fridays. After diner we sit down on the couch and watch a movie together on the big screen.

After putting the kids to bed my wife and I watch another one and ideally with a good glass of wine.

What are you listening to?

My favourite band is still U2 but I start to enjoy some more relaxing music as well like Ludovico Einaudi

What is the one thing that you always take on an adventure/expedition/trip?

To be successful you need to set yourself a goal that is beyond your current capabilities. By doing that you will enjoy the journey before the adventure starts

What is the one piece of advice you would give any would be adventurer?

Although or because the world is a tough place we need to find the spots that create and give us energy. And by taking the first step you will soon discover that you are not alone and that we are surrounded by so much beauty

What does living a life of adventure mean to you?

Although or because the world is a tough place we need to find the spots that create and give us energy. And by taking the first step you will soon discover that you are not alone and that we are surrounded by so much beauty

What next? What are your next goals?

7 weeks from now I will jump into a plane on my way to Katmandu. I will be away for almost 11 weeks which will be mentally and physically very tough but my goal is 100% clear. Safe back home as a group and ideally with the Everest Summit in the pocket.

Joe Bonington

Joe Bonington

Joe Bonington's mission is to help as many people as possible lead a fitter fuller and more adventurous life by helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.
This philosophy has seen Joe become a well respected expert and  leader in his field,  Possibly the southern hemisphere's leading strength and conditioning coach, for outdoor and adventure sports.   He has seen 6 of his clients summit Everest, clients cross the Greenland Ice cap, ski to the North Pole, ski tour and ski mountaineering in Antarctica, Iceland, South America and Norway, climb peaks all over the world, trek all the continents and enter trail running , ultra and multi stage events in the Gobi, Andes, Himalayas and the Sahara.

As well as a sought-after coach, Joe is a presenter and speaker.
He is also the founder and owner of Joe's Basecamp Gym, based in Brookvale on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The gym is home to unique functional fitness, strength and conditioning, and endurance training programs for trail running, trek training and mountaineering. The facility caters for all outdoor, adventure sports and wilderness activities - a one of a kind Bucket List gym!

If you want to know more about our coaching programs contact us here to find out how you can be a part of our great community of like minded people.

If you would like to know about working with our trainers to get the most out of your adventures, your events, your sport contact us here.
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