2019 Recipient: Dr. Charles (“Chas”) Yonge
Dr. Charles (“Chas”) Yonge has made significant contributions in Canada and internationally as a climber, cave explorer, scientist, entrepreneur and author for over forty years. Chas has combined his skills as one of Canada’s premier explorers with lifelong, pioneering scientific contributions and building a groundbreaking educational business. His achievements have added to our knowledge of the world and have influenced countless Canadians in adventure and scientific discovery.
As a climber he has pioneered many first ascents and new routes in the Bow Valley and has recently produced a guidebook for a popular rock climbing area.
As a cave explorer, he has over 40 major expeditions or projects to his credit. His exploits have taken him to many of the world’s major karst areas including Cuba, Barbados, Belize, Mexico, United States, Norway, Indonesia, Australia, China, Vietnam, Bhutan, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Turkey, Papua New Guinea and Canada. Chas has discovered, explored, and mapped numerous significant caves in the Rocky Mountains, and published his results.