Tim Jarvis

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Tim Jarvis recreating Sir Douglas Mawson's journey

Tim Jarvis, AM is an environmental scientist, adventurer and author with Masters qualifications in environmental science and environmental law, and is a Senior Associate – Sustainability at Arup. His environmental work is mainly focused on sustainable aid provision in developing countries and improving corporate environmental sustainability. Jarvis says he is "committed to finding pragmatic solutions to global environmental sustainability issues" and as a public speaker he talks regularly about motivation and leadership to both individuals and organisations.[1] On 20 November 2014 Tim Jarvis was announced as WWF-Australia Global Ambassador [2]

Born in 1966, he is best known for his Antarctic expedition of 1999, undertaken with fellow Australian explorer Peter Treseder. This took him into the record books as Joint World Record holder for the fastest unsupported journey to the Geographic South Pole and the longest unsupported Antarctica journey in history.[3] He holds joint Australian\UK citizenship and spends his time primarily in Australia, with visits to the UK for business and exploration based activities and speeches.

He is the author of 'The Unforgiving Minute' which recounts his expeditions to the North and South Pole as well as the crossing of several Australian deserts. He is also involved in various philanthropic ventures including his former role as councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and is currently Patron of Nature Play (South Australia),[4] a national organisation established to increase the time children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature to improve their fitness, problem solving ability, emotional resilience and mental wellbeing. He is also co-writer of a course for the Open University in environmental management. The course was linked with the BBC's Frozen Planet series that aired in 2011.

Jarvis was accepted into the Yale World Fellows Program for 2009.[5] The program aims to broaden and strengthen the leadership skills of emerging leaders from across the world as they work on progressing thinking on global issues and challenges.[6]

He received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010 for 'service to conservation and the environment, particularly through advisory roles to developing countries regarding land sustainability and resource management, as an explorer, and to the community.[7]

Jarvis was awarded Adventurer of the Year 2013 by the Australian Geographic Society [8] and was voted Person of the Year 2014 by Classic Boat Magazine[9] for his re-enactment of Shackleton's 1916 Journey.

Tim Jarvis is Patron of NaturePlaySA (South Australia), an organisation established to increase the time children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature to improve their fitness, problem solving ability, emotional resilience and mental wellbeing. [10]

Recreation of Douglas Mawson's Expedition[edit]

In April 2007[11] Tim Jarvis completed an expedition in Antarctica where he attempted to recreate the amazing expedition and human feat of Sir Douglas Mawson. Jarvis walked close to 500 km pulling a sleigh full of supplies, and living on almost the same rations as Mawson himself. Jarvis wanted to find out if the story of Mawson was physically possible. At the end of the expedition Jarvis said, "I haven't really done what Mawson did because I have doctors checking my situation, a film crew following me and a number of other safety precautions. Mawson had none of that."

The 2008 film of the expedition is available on DVD, "Mawson – Life and Death In Antarctica". The summary reads, "Combining the drama of Jarvis' contemporary adventure with chilling dramatic reconstructions, expert commentary and footage from the original expedition photographed by Frank Hurley, this is an extraordinary story of human survival." Tim is also author of a book of the same name (Melbourne University Press, 2008 (ISBN 978-0-522-85486-2).

Shackleton Epic[edit]

In February 2013 [12] Jarvis and five others successfully recreated Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic crossing of the Southern Ocean in the Alexandra Shackleton, a replica of the James Caird.[13] Using the same materials, clothing, food and a Thomas Mercer chronometer as in the original voyage,[14] Jarvis and the team sailed their replica James Caird to South Georgia, just as Shackleton did in 1916.[15] The construction of the replica James Caird was started in June 2008 and was finished in 2010. It was officially launched on 18 March 2012 in Dorset, England.[16] The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton is patron of the expedition.[15]

A documentary of the epic crossing has been made and Shackleton Death or Glory went to air in the UK in September 2013 on Discovery UK and Australia in November 2013 on Special Broadcasting Service Australia; titled Chasing Shackleton for the USA market, it went to air in that region in January 2014 on the Public Broadcasting Service. [17]

A book authored by Tim titled Shackleton's Epic, Recreating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival, published by Harper Collins, went on sale in the UK and Australia in November 2013; titled Chasing Shackleton, Recreating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival for the USA market, it went on sale in January 2014 in the USA. ISBN 978-0-00-754952-8 [18]


  1. ^ http://www.timjarvis.org/bio/background/
  2. ^ http://www.wwf.org.au/?11840/Tim-Jarvis-AM-announced-as-WWF-Australia-Global-Ambassador
  3. ^ Transantartic Expedition 1999/2000. Tim Jarvis. Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.natureplaysa.org.au/about/our-patron
  5. ^ Yale World Fellows Program. Yale.edu. Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  6. ^ Upcoming Events/Latest News. Tim Jarvis. Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  7. ^ Tag Archive for "tim-jarvis" – Boomerang Books Blog for the latest Australian book news and reviews. Content.boomerangbooks.com.au (2010-01-28). Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/society/awards/2013/10/2013-adventurer-of-the-year-tim-jarvis-am
  9. ^ http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/cb-awards-2014-and-the-winners-are/
  10. ^ http://www.natureplaysa.org.au/about/our-patron
  11. ^ http://www.timjarvis.org/expeditions/sir-douglas-mawson-antarctic-journey
  12. ^ http://shackletonepic.com/test/wp-content/uploads/SE-NEWS-RELEASE-TEAM-ARRIVES-IN-STROMNESS-11-Feb-2013.pdf
  13. ^ Marks, Kathy (2 January 2013). "Team sets out to recreate Shackleton's epic journey". The Independent. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/lifestyle/salon-qp/10425336/thomas-mercer-legacy-marine-chronometer.html
  15. ^ a b [1]. Tim Jarvis. Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  16. ^ http://www.timjarvis.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ShackletonEpicMediaNotificationFinal.pdf
  17. ^ http://shackletonepic.com/film/
  18. ^ http://shackletonepic.com/book/