Jon Muir - Canning Stock Route Walk - June July 2015 - unsupported

Does anyone have any information on Jon Muir's solo, completely unsupported, without resupply walk of the Canning Stock Route planned for June and July this year. He was to take direct line of 900km almost entirely off track, not using the CSR wells, pulling a cart designed specifically for off track terrain.
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Reply By: Mudripper - Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 20:14

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 20:14
Sounds like a suicide trip lol
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 20:18

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 20:18
Nah, Jon's done much bigger walks solo or with four legged mate.
He will take a rifle and live off the land a lot.
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Reply By: The Landy - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 08:46

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 08:46
I have found Jon an absolute inspiration and he makes one of my favourite sayings “Those that don’t think it can be done, shouldn’t bother the person doing it” ring so true!

I haven’t been able to find any further detail on the trek that he planned through the Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts, and I was in both during July / August and didn’t hear anything on it (not that I would necessarily so…).

A tough country for his proposed walk, but mind you, he’d be just the bloke to do it.

I’ve dropped a note to his partner, Suzan, hopefully she can provide an update on how it went…

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 08:53

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 08:53
Thanks Baz - I'm also keen on knowing how he went.


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Reply By: Gaynor - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 10:38

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 10:38
This is the article that brought Jon's challenge to my attention:

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2849365/adventurer-to-trek-across-untracked-desert/

Jon's crowdfunding account which raised $15,940 for trip preparations.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/470499327/john-jon-muirs-western-deserts-traverse

This is what he plans to do:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/470499327/john-jon-muirs-western-deserts-traverse/description

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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 10:40

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 10:40
There is also a video on the kickstarter page by Jon explaining what he wants to do
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Reply By: Gaynor - Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 12:53

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 12:53
Got word back from Suzan today(Jons wife)

Apparently Jon encountered some unspecified complications and has put the attempt off until 2016.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 14:21

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 14:21
Whoops, should I read the thread first before posting below...yes I also heard back from Jon.

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: The Landy - Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 14:21

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 14:21
I received an email from Jon (Muir) where he explained that due to complications, which he didn’t elaborate on, his was unable to complete the journey this year.

He is hoping for winter 2016.

I’m hoping to be able to catch up with him at some stage as he is based in Wollongong, and must add that if I could be a fraction of the adventurer he is I would be extremely satisfied.

Not that I don’t enjoy my bit in life, but to me Jon embodies all that I believe in…

And needless to say, “Those that don’t think it can be done shouldn’t bother the person doing it…”

I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything…

Cheers, Baz (The Landy!)
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Reply By: hooks - Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 11:53

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 11:53
Jon completed a similar solo trek from Port Augusta SA to Burketown NT in 2001. The account of this trip can be read in his book 'Alone across Australia', Penguin books. Its a great read and gives the reader an insight to this amazing explorer. If I had the chance I would love to meet him.
Bob.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 12:23

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 12:23
If you have a look at the fundraiser account link you will see that part of that effort was lunch with Jon at his home for any amount donated over $1500. Two people took him up on that so all is possible Bob :-)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/470499327/john-jon-muirs-western-deserts-traverse/description

Pledge $1,500 or more

2 backers

Lunch with John at his home and a personalised slide show of his adventure career.
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Reply By: The Landy - Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 12:34

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at 12:34
Hey Bob,

Yes, a great adventure and read. The amazing thing is that about 3-4 months after he finished that walk, he walked to the North Pole - amazing!

Cheers, Baz
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