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Joe Bonington

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Joe Bonington
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Bonington
Main disciplinePersonal Training, Fitness Trainer, Strength and conditioning coach
Other disciplinesMountaineering, Climbing, Alpinism, Trekking, Endurance training
Born (1967-04-20) 20 April 1967 (age 57)
Whitehaven Hospital, Cumbria, England
SpouseJude Bonington
ChildrenEdie (b.2004) Honor (b.2006)
ParentsChris Bonington and Wendy Bonington

Daniel "Joe" Bonington, (born 1 April 1967) is a British/Australian strength and conditioning coach, fitness trainer, trek leader and mountaineer. He is an ambassador of the Australian Himalayan Foundation[1] and the director and co owner of Joe's Basecamp in Brookvale, Sydney.[2]

Early life and expeditions[edit]

Bonington was brought up near to the Northern Fells mountain range at The Lake District, UK. His father is mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.

Growing up among explorers and adventurers meant climbing and walking in the Northern Fells was a big part of his childhood.[3] He embarked on his first expedition with his father in 1992, at the age of 24.

In April 2000 Bonington accompanied his father on another expedition to Danga II (6,194m) which no other group had climbed before.[4][5] The training required to achieve this expedition led to Joe qualifying as a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2001 and kindled his interest in training people for outdoor and adventure sports.[citation needed]


Bonington has been based in Sydney, Australia since 1998 and began to work with his father.[6] As a trek leader he has taken groups to the Annapurna region,[7] Everest,[8] Kokoda, Kilimanjaro in 1992[9] and Bhutan.[10][11] The Kokoda Trail in 2004.[citation needed]

Between 2005 and 2006 while managing bootcamps for Fitness First he was instrumental in trying to stop local councils from initiating license fees for trainers to use council land, beaches and parks.[12][13][14][15]

Since 2009 he has been the director of Bonington Treks LTD[16] for which he is an expedition leader.[17]

In December 2014 Bonington formed Joe's Basecamp, a gym at Brookvale near the Northern Beaches of Sydney, that specialises in training people for endurance, wilderness and adventure sports, expeditions and treks[18][12] There is also an altitude chamber.[19]

Bonington is an authority on training strategies for endurance, wilderness and adventure sports and recreational activities and often writes articles for mainstream publications giving advice on the subject.[20] He has written for Auatralian Geographic Outdoors[21] and since 2016 has written regular articles for Wild Magazine.[3]

His appearances on television include a three part news special, Daring The Kokoda for Channel 7 news[22][23][24] in 2004 and was advisor, trek leader and wilderness expert in campDARE Channel 9 four part reality TV social experiment involving Australian teenagers from inner cities in 2005.[25]

Australian Himalayan Foundation[edit]

Through his work and connections in Nepal, Bonington has been involved in fundraising for the Nepalese people following the April 2015 Nepal earthquake and in 2017 was made an Ambassador for the Australian Himalayan Foundation.[26] Throughout 2015, the altitude chamber at Joe's Basecamp was used by Stephen Bock and TV presenter Pete Wells to simulate the conditions of their previous climb to the summit of Everest with weighted backpacks, an initiative developed by Bonington to raise money for those affected by the earthquake.[27] In February 2018 Joe organised the Australian film premiere of Bonington: Mountaineer, a documentary about his father.[28][29] in part to raise money and awareness of the Australian Himalayan Foundation.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Joe features in his father's autobiographies, The Next Horizon,[31] The Everest Years[32] and Ascent,[33] as well as in Jim Curran's High Achiever[34] Both he and his brother Rupert struggled in the school system with the pressures accompanying their father's fame and career, leading to premature departure from school at the age of 16.[35] He is an advocate of representing positive body images for women within the fitness industry, starting a body positive movement and campaign called My Body Moves in 2017.[36]

Bonington is married to Jude Bonington[37] and they have two daughters, Edie and Honor.[38]

See also[edit]


  1. "Who We Are - Australia Himalayan Foundation". Australian Himalayan Foundation. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. "About Joe Bonington & Henry Talbot | Joe's Basecamp". Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Joe Bonington introduces Base Camp column". Wild. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. Cook, Stephen (15 September 2001). "Bonington country". the Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. "Asia, Nepal, Western Nepal, Janak Himal, Danga II, First Ascent - AAC Publications - Search The American Alpine Journal and Accidents". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. Bonington, Joe; Bonington, Chris; Scott, Caroline (24 October 2010). "I Was My Dad's Greatest Challenge". The Sunday Times Magazine.
  7. "Keen to find out more about our Annapurna trip with Sir Chris Bonington? - Joe's Basecamp". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  8. "Great Everest Debate to be hosted by Joe Bonington". Wild. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. "Climbing mountains is the best business development course". Financial Review. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  10. UK, Bonington Ltd. Cumbria The Lake District, England. "Trek in Bhutan - Part 1 -". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  11. "About Joe Bonington & Henry Talbot - Joe's Basecamp". Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "The Many Daily". 15 February 2005.
  13. "The Many Daily". 17 November 2006.
  14. "The Many Daily". 10 September 2008.
  15. "BONINGTON TREKS LIMITED - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  16. Dixon, Suzi (2010). "Trekking team on an emotional journey". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  17. "Super gym is right on trek changing ordinary people into extraordinary athletes". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  18. Oakes-Ash, Rachael (25 June 2015). "How to get fit with altitude - at sea level". Executive Style. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  19. "8 reasons why you don't have to be a 'morning person' when it comes to exercise". Mamamia. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  20. Bonington, Joe; Bowen, Emma (April 2009). "Let's Get Physical". Australian Geographic Outdoors. Mariah Media Network LLC.
  21. "Dareing Kokoda (Today Tonight Part 1 of 3)". YouTube. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  22. "Dareing Kokoda (Today Tonight Part 2 of 3)". YouTube. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  23. "Dareing Kokoda (Today Tonight Part 3 of 3)". YouTube. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  24. "Brett Murray's campDARE - TV SERIES". YouTube. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  25. "Who We Are, Australia Himalayan Foundation". Australian Himalayan Foundation. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  26. "Duo have the right altitude to aid Nepal". daily telegraph. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  27. "Bonington: Mountaineer". IMDb. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  28. "Bonington Mountaineer - My Life Story Australian Premiere". Experience Sydney Australia. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  29. "The Australian". Review. February 10, 2018. p. 5.
  30. Bonington, Chris (2016). The Next Horizon: From the Eiger to the South Face of Annapurna. Vertebrate Publishing. ISBN 9781911342175. Search this book on
  31. Bonington, Chris (2001). The Everest Years (New ed.). W&N. ISBN 9780297842736. Search this book on
  32. Bonington, Chris (2017). Ascent. ISBN 9781471157547. Search this book on
  33. Curran, Jim (2000). High Achiever: The Life and Times of Chris Bonington: The Life and Climbs of Chris Bonington (New ed.). Robinson. ISBN 9781841192611. Search this book on
  34. "An Interview: Growing up the Son of Sir Chris Bonington- The North Face Australia". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  35. "An Interview: Growing up the Son of Sir Chris Bonington The North Face Australia". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  36. Bonington, Chris (2017). Ascent. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781471157561. Search this book on
  37. "My Body Moves". YouTube. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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