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Australiaʼs most well known mountaineer is a veteran of pioneering routes in remote regions of the Himalaya but is best known for his attempts of Mount Everest on two very different, pioneering expeditions. Remarkably he reached the summit on both occasions, without the use of bottled oxygen and in a style and substance of a class way beyond the realm of guided ascents so popular in recent times.
Of the dozens of climbs he has made in the Greater Himalaya, new and difficult routes on Gasherbrum IV and Annapurna II are his proudest achievements. As well as his extensive Himalayan experience Tim has climbed in Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. He trained as a biologist at the Australian National University, is also a qualified outdoor instructor, the author of several books, is active in business and promoting the biological explanation of the human condition.
Tim is a co-founder, director and part owner of the international outdoor equipment manufacturer, Sea to Summit Pty Ltd.
Tim has won respect as a speaker in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA and the UK. His talks are commonly underpinned by mountaineering and the inspiration people can draw from the powerful symbolism of mountains and the quest to climb them. He believes human’s innate urge to explore and understand our world is a primary motivation for mountaineering but at a deeper level psychologically it is a quest for self-understanding, ultimately the only solution to the plethora of great challenges that beset humanity.