Cas and Jonesy

Keynote Presentation
To hell and back: A journey across a frozen wasteland


Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. They are no strangers to navigating unchartered and uncertain waters in order to undertake bold and seemingly impossible objectives.

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. After 89 grueling 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 for over 62 days at sea.

Starting with very limited experience before both expeditions they spent months researching, consulting with experts from all round the globe, training and rehearsing the skills they would need to survive in the most hostile environments on the planet.


Although they had planned for almost every inevitability before departure, problems and major issues threatened to derail the best-laid plans. Their ability to adapt to their ever-changing and volatile situations and an unwavering focus on the task at hand proved crucial in them completing both journeys.

The boys will share with you the lessons that they learnt along the way, about staying focused, planning for every contingency, the willingness to adapt to the relentless hostility of their environment and how they were able to succeed when so many other before them had failed, and ultimately that success is a measure of planning, foresight and commitment.


Earlier in their lives, James and Justin paddled the infamous Bass Strait and became the first to kayak the length of the Murray River, all 2560km. They have run numerous ultramarathons, attained their yachting crew qualifications and duelled with the open waters under sail. International climbing expeditions have been led in America (Mt McKinley,Alaska and The Nose, El Capitan), New Zealand (notable ascents: Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring) and Papua New Guinea.

The boys have now shared their incredible story with over 150,000 people around the world. Insights into leadership, teamwork, risk management and how to overcome adversity have captivated global audiences. In addition, James has authored 2 best-selling book (Harper Collins 2009, Hachette 2012), and Justin produced two award winning documentary.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney, and has worked both as an Accountant and Management Consultant for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu. Justin has completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours at the University of New South Wales. They became firm friends whilst at Knox Grammar School in Sydney.

This business and science foundation allows the duo to draw on relevant anecdotes to convey crucial business lessons in their keynote presentations.

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