2020 Recipient: David Jones
Few have such intimate knowledge of Canada’s mountains as David Jones. A mountaineer, explorer, climber, photographer, writer, mentor and advocate, Jones has followed a passion for mountains not just for his own knowledge, but to share his insights with Canadians and the world. He has scaled more than 1,000 peaks and has over 100 first ascents under his belt. Jones has authored five guidebooks, with routes extensively researched and photographed, from the iconic Rockies to the Selkirks in B.C.’s Columbia Mountains.
More recently, Jones’ photographs have been recognized by the Mountain Legacy Project, and are an important part of their work in documenting changing mountain environments.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is proud to award the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration to David Jones for his prowess in exploration of, and education about, Canada’s mountain ranges.