The Team

Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance.

On the 26th January 2012, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.

Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand, the adventurers were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, and physically and mentally wasted…but most of all happy to be alive.

The boys are highly regarded as two of Australia’s premier public speakers and have written & produced four award winning books and documentaries about their expeditions. They have now shared their incredible story with over 200,000 people around the world including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Vietnam, Fiji, Indonesia and Dubai. Insights into leadership, teamwork, risk management and how to overcome adversity have captivated global audiences.

 

For more information on James "Cas" Castrission or Justin "Jonesy" Jones click the images below.

Facts You May Not Know About James Castrission

Cas is eldest of three children and was born and raised in Sydney, Australia.
As a youngster, Cas was offered a position in the Australian Institute of Sports for Diving, but turned it down to focus on his schooling and rugby.
Cas has written two best selling books on their last two major expeditions (Crossing the Ditch, Harper Collins 2009 and Extreme South, Hachette 2012).

James Castrission, 31, aka Cas, is a highly motivated, self-confessed outdoor junkie. If he’s not off on an epic adventure, he’s pretty much guaranteed to be found up in the mountains; climbing, trail running or canyoning.

The major assets Cas brings to the team are his ability to manage a project from inception, his high level planning/project management skills and passion to deliver a higher than expected ROI to all stakeholders.

Cas possesses a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has worked as a consultant and analyst for four years at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu before deciding that adventure should be the focus of his life. He has climbed some of the most challenging peaks in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the US, and has walked some of the most breathtaking tracks too. He also holds an Advanced Diploma of Event Management and Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

Cas has authored two best selling books; CROSSING THE DITCH, on their Tasman Odyssey and EXTREME SOUTH on their more recent Antarctic Epic.

He now lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife Mia and son, Jack. He also has a ridiculous head of hair.


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Facts You May Not Know About Justin Jones

Jonesy grew up in Indonesia, the youngest of three children before being sent to boarding school in Australia at age 11.
At school, he definitely was not a natural sportsman, more inclined to reading and computers , until be discovered bushwalking in his teens.
Jonesy was responsible for putting together the two documentaries of their expeditions which have now won over a dozen international film awards.

Justin Jones, 30, aka Jonesy, is a little more laid back than Cas. He loves the outdoor life and tries to cram as many experiences into the short time that we all have on this planet. Getting out and about gives him the means to live life to the fullest.

Jonesy brings to the team meticulous attention to detail, a passion to develop robust expedition systems and risk management leadership. He is passionate about getting people out into the outdoors and having their own adventures

He possesses an uncanny ability to push through pain when things get nasty; once running 88km of an ultra-marathon with a broken leg!

He completed an advanced science degree with Honours in Physiology at the University of New South Wales, before deciding against a life of academia and opting for one of adventure! Like Cas, he also holds an Advanced Diploma of Event Management and Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

Jonesy can also add documentary producer and director to his repertoire; having produced the Crossing the Ditch documentary and produced/directed the Crossing the Ice documentary. The two films have now won over a dozen international film awards – not bad for someone with no formal training in the film industry.

He currently resides in Bondi with his girlfriend, Lauren.

 

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