Jon Muir Lifetime of Adventure 2017
Jon Muir is the recipient of the Society’s highest honour that recognises those who haven’t just lived an extraordinary life of exploration and adventure, but who have given back and inspired others by their actions.
Jon Muir’s expeditions have spanned decades. He is a legend in the global adventure community, renowned for his trailblazing philosophy which he applies to real life, tackling everyday obstacles with the same gusto and resilience that he brings to his expeditions. From making the first unsupported ascent of Everest in 1988, to his trek to the North Pole in 2000, to his 6000km ocean traverse by sea kayak, Jon is arguably one of the most experienced adventurers in Australian history. He holds several world records, including for the first solo traverse on foot of Australia’s largest salt lakes. In 2001, Jon made history by becoming the first person to walk, unsupported, across Australia from Port Augusta to Burketown. This expedition covered 2500km over 128 days. In 2007, he trekked 1700km, unassisted, from the Spencer Gulf in SA, to the the Geographic Centre of Australia. Jon has received many accolades, including the Order of Australia and the Centenary Medal for contributions made to Australian society.