Jon Muir

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Jon Robert Muir OAM (born 1961) is an Australian Mountain man. Although his name is similar to John Muir the American environmental advocate and hiker they are not to be confused. Jon R Muir has hiked through many terrains, supporting himself through his travels, becoming very skilled at hiking, hunting and finding resources.[1] He is well known for hiking alone across Australia, the North pole, South pole, Mt. Everest and kayaking in the ocean.[2] He has many different achievements that are listed below, in chronological order.


Jon Muir spent his childhood growing up in Australia, starting in 1961 when he was born.[1] He first fell in love with adventuring and being outdoors at about age fourteen while sailing in the ocean with a friend.[3] After sailing he started rock climbing, he began rock climbing professionally and exploring even more.[3] Just a few years later at age sixteen Jon Muir decided to drop out of school and pursue adventuring and climbing full time, at this point he started adventuring mountains in New Zealand.[3] This was just the beginning of Muir's adventures, he started many large adventures and journey's like climbing Mount Everest solo and hiking across Australia without assistance or any help to re-supply him with food and water.[1] He still continues to adventure and make solo trips through different parts of Australia and the world.[1]




1982 Summitted Mont Blanc (4807m) via the Freney Pillar
1982 Summitted Grand Jorasses (4208m) via the Walker Spur.
1982 Summitted Changabang (6864m) via the south-west pillar.
1983 Summitted the Matterhorn (4478m) solo via North Face
1983 Summitted Piz Badile (3370m) solo via the North Face, setting a speed record ascent in the process.
1984 First attempt at climbing Mount Everest (8848m) via the West Ridge.
1985 Completed a winter traverse of Mount Maudit, Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Blanc.
1985 Attempted Mount Shivling via the south-west pillar.
1985 Summitted the Kedarnath Dome (6850m) in a single day.
1986 Summitted Shivling via the south-west pillar.
1986 Again summitted Mont Blanc solo, this time setting a speed record via the Frontier ridge.
1987 Attempted the multi-peak traverse of the Kedarnath Group (Dome 6850m,Peak 7015m, Kirti Bamak 6500m).
1987 Successfully summitted the Kedarnath Group of mountains, with a solo ten-kilometre traverse of the peaks in 41 hours.
1987 Second attempt of Mount Everest via the South Pillar.
1988 Successful summit of Mount Everest from the south as a member of the Australian Bicentennial Expedition. Jon reached the summit alone, and set a record when climbing the south side without sherpas.
1989 Summitted Aconcagua (6960m) in a single day.
1989 Recipient of the Order of Australia for services to mountaineering.
1990 Attempt to again summit Aconcagua via the South Face.
1993 Fourth attempt at Mount Everest via the north-ridge, acting as a guide.
1995 Fifth attempt at Mount Everest via the north-ridge, acting as a guide.
1995 Completed a 900 km sea kayaking trip down the Daintree River to Cape York in 62 days.
1996 Completed a solo waterless 620 km desert trek through Lake Eyre and the Tirari Desert in 34 days, pulling a 260 kg cart.
1997 Attempted an unsupported traverse of Australia.
1999 Reached the South Pole as part of an expedition with Eric Philips and Peter Hillary. Arrived via the Shackleton Glacier, covering a distance of 1500 km over a period of 84 days.
1999 First solo traverse on foot of Australia's largest salt lakes – Lake Eyre, Lake Frome and Lake Gairdner.
2000 Completed an 800 km solo sea-kayaking trip along east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in 52 Days.
2001 First ever unassisted crossing of Australia from Port Augusta to Burketown, covering 2500 km over 128 days.
2001 Australian Geographic Society's Adventurer of the Year.
2002 Reached the North Pole from Siberia, with Eric Philips.
2003 Recipient of the Centenary Medal for contributions made to Australian society.
2004 Sea-kayak hunting and gathering journey with his wife Suzan Muir, covering a distance of 1000 km in 120 days.
2006 Attempted to walk to geographic centre of Australia.
2007 Completed a solo walk to geographic centre of Australia, covering a distance of 1800 km in 70 days.
2011 Lake Eyre, first human powered traverse of wet lake. (With Suzan Muir in double kayak). From mouth of the Warburton River down the Warburton Groove to Dulhunty Island then to shore at Belt Bay. 120 km-24hrs.
2015 Attempting Little Sandy and Gibson desert solo trip in Australia [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jon Muir OAM - Australian Museum". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ "PortalGuard - Portal Access". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Australian Jon Muir honoured with Lifetime of Adventure award". ABC News. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

External links[edit]