Sam Mitchell

Young Ad­ven­turer of the Year

Australian Geographic - - Your Society -

SAM GREW UP in the small coun­try

Vic­to­ria town of Or­bost but at just 22 has al­ready achieved big things. In June 2016 he be­came the first per­son to suc­cess­fully tra­verse Aus­tralia’s most chal­leng­ing 4WD track, the 1850km Can­ning Stock Route, in WA, on an elec­tric ‘fat bike’. The re­source­ful en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent towed a trailer he whipped up from an old tram­po­line on which he’d mounted so­lar pan­els and a bat­tery. In this, he car­ried all the gear for the lengthy ex­pe­di­tion. Sam’s a sus­tain­abil­ity cham­pion and ded­i­cated ad­ven­ture seeker who, at just 16, built a so­lar-pow­ered tri­cy­cle from re­cy­cled junk and later used this in­ven­tion to cy­cle 18,000km around Aus­tralia in just eight months.

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