Jon Muir (Author)
Jon Muir was born in 1961. At sixteen, after watching a documentary about Mt Everest, he decided to become a professional mountaineer. He climbed extensively in New Zealand and Europe before visiting the Himalayas in 1982. He has taken part in five Everest expeditions, pioneering new routes and reaching the summit alone in 1988. He has also travelled thousands of kilometres by sea kayak, including a 52-day solo journey. The first Australian to have trekked to both Poles and climbed Everest, Jon was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 1989, the Australian Geographic Society's Adventurer of the Year medal in 2001, and the Centenary Medal in 2003.