2013 Lifetime of Adventure: Colin Putt
COLIN’S FIRST FULLY-FLEDGED adventure was an attempted climb of Carstenz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya), in what is now Indonesia’s West Papua province, in 1960. Although his team were unsuccessful on that occasion, Colin saw this attempt as the perfect reconnaissance trip for future missions.
Trained as a chemical engineer, Colin has a reputation as a man who can fix anything. In 1987, he won the AGS Adventurer of the Year Award for his part in the Project Blizzard voyage to Antarctica.
Among many other expeditions, Colin was a member of the first team to climb Big Ben, on Heard Island, in the early 1960s. Colin’s achievements have inspired others to embark on similar expeditions.
The Australian Geographic Society is honoured to have been a part of his adventures and to have shared his stories.