High altitude malaria in the Andes, a broken collar bone in an Indonesian tomb, trailing polar bears across the Arctic, days adrift in the pack ice on fire ravaged Aurora Australis, Michael has walked across deserts and tracked gorillas in the war torn jungles, climbed 4 of the 7 Summits and been turned back by bad weather and sick team mates near the top of 2 others. On Everest in 2006, his team mate Lincoln Hall was left for dead but regained consciousness and miraculously survived a night in the Death Zone.
Michael received the first Australian Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the first Australian Geographic Spirit of Adventure Award and is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Inspired by Hillary’s work among the Sherpas, he became a founding director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation and volunteer filmmaker for the Himalayan Trust NZ. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his services to the Australian film industry as a pioneer in adventure and mountain film cinematography, and to the community through support for international humanitarian work.