Wilderness Navigators

Wilderness Navigators are Jake Gardner and Samuel “Deano” Dean

Jake served in Afghanistan with 15 Sqn as a Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner.

Jake was injured in January 2013 in Afghanistan on Herrick 17 sustaining a complex fracture to his left arm, nerve damage and lower back problems and as a result was medically discharged in February 2015.

Since his injury Jake has successfully summited Mt Aconcagua (6,960m) in Argentina and The Grand Paradiso (4,061 m) in Italy.

Jake is passionate about hill climbing, summiting many of the UK’s highest mountains whilst also leading teams over the National 3 Peaks and the Yorkshire Dales 3 peaks for charity.

Jake was also part of a self-sufficient remote expedition in Sierra Leone pack rafting over 120km down the Moa River.



Samuel – “Deano” served alongside Jake during Herrick 17 and has since served in multiple countries on operations around the globe, with 15 SQN & 2 SQN Royal Airforce Regiment.

Whilst serving as a commander he has acquired a vast amount of instructional knowledge and is keen to pass his experience onto others.

A confident leader and navigator, with a true passion for adventure and the outdoors, including rock climbing, mountaineering and kayaking.

Deano has plenty of experience of hiking and acquiring UK Hill time and has numerous summits under his belt, he is looking forward to securing his first Summit of Mt Elbrus this year.

Jake and Deano will be heading out to Russia at the end of August with a mission to summit Mount Elbrus.

Mount Elbrus is officially the highest summit in Europe and stands at 5642m/ 18,510ft.


This will be a two week expedition and will take on average seven days depending on weather conditions and time to acclimatise.

The event will enable them to raise awareness of Mental Health and PTSD. All donations will be going to Rock 2 Recovery.

You can follow their progress online on Instagram @wildernessnavigators and on Facebook Wilderness Navigators.


Fast Facts: Mount Elbrus

  • Elevation: 18,510 feet (5,642 meters)
  • Prominence: 15,554 feet (4,741 meters)
  • Location: Caucasus Range, Russia. On the border of Asia and Europe.

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