“Chris Bray represents the future of ground-breaking exploration.” ~GORE-TEX®
Chris Bray, now 24, living in Sydney, Australia, was born into a life of adventure - sailing around the world for 5 years with his family on their homemade yacht Starship. Leading an active outdoor lifestyle, when he was just 20 Chris organised and embarked on a 30-day expedition in Tasmania’s untracked south-western wilderness – complete with airdrops of supplies. Australian Geographic labelled this trek ‘one of the toughest foot journeys in the world’ and named him, along with his hiking mate Jasper Timm, the ‘Young Adventurer of the Year’ in 2004.
This trek was soon followed by other journeys and in 2005 Chris lead a 2-man, world-first, 58-day, unsupported expedition across the largely unexplored Victoria Island in the Arctic. Together with companion Clark Carter they hauled their home-made wheeled kayaks behind them, loaded with 250kgs of gear and supplies each. Crossing regions never before seen by human eyes, they filmed unforgettable encounters with arctic wolves and polar bears and documented archaeological sites while the temperature plunged to minus 38 deg with wind-chill.
When Chris was just 16 he established BlackJackal.com - a business retailing electronics online, and performed highly academically - coming ‘dux’/’first’ of both Primary and High Schools. A UAI of 99.2% earned him a 5yr scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at UNSW, which he completed in 2006 with first class honours and awards in Project Management. In the same year he started up his second Australian business, ‘Expedition Facilities’ www.ExFac.com. In May 2008, he and fellow explorer Clark Carter will return to Victoria Island to finish what they set out to do.
Elected as a member of – and now Membership co-ordinator for - The Explorers Club, as well as being a part of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments, Chris is fast forging an exciting career blending all his passions including photography, writing, film making, and applying his engineering skills to developing innovative approaches to adventuring. Having presented numerous lectures for the Australian Geographic Society, Air Canada, Icebreaker, Gore-Tex, The Explorers Club, adventure expos, climbing festivals and motivational talks for both high schools and primary schools, Chris hopes to encourage others to reach for their own life goals.
On the side, when he’s not scaring himself with giant kites, freediving, kayaking, bike riding, or generally carrying on like a pork-chop, Chris spends his time cobbling together and managing the websites for organisations including Australian Geographic and ANZEC.