Andrew Lock is the most accomplished high altitude mountaineer in Australian history. He is the only Australian, the first person in the British Commonwealth, and just the 18th man in the world, to climb all fourteen of the worlds 8000 metre death zone mountains.
He achieved the first Australian ascent of six of those 8000 metre peaks – a record that cannot be beaten – and completed solo ascents of four of those peaks.
In addition to being the only Australian, indeed the only member of the British Commonwealth, to have climbed all of the world’s death zone mountains, Andrew has guided multiple teams to the summit of Mt Everest and some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. His exceptional achievements in the face of such adversity have demanded supreme levels of resilience, motivation and leadership.
But success did not come easily. He has survived avalanches, crevasse falls, frostbite, bivouacs at extreme altitude without equipment and lost more than twenty of his friends to the mountains.
He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management) with Distinction. He is the official Ambassador for Scouts Australia, the Sir David Martin Foundation and the Australian Himalayan Foundation. He has been appointed an Australia Day Ambassador four times and, in 2011, he was awarded the Order of Australia for Services to Mountaineering.
In addition to being one of the worlds most accomplished high altitude climbers, Andrew is also a skilled and highly professional expedition leader. He will be leading two remote and exciting treks with World Expeditions in 2015 – the Zanskar Ice Trek (Feb 2015) and Bhutan Snowman Trek (Sept 2015). Andrews amazing knowledge of Himalayan history and entertaining tales of mountain feats will add another dimension to any expedition.
4.15pm Sunday 19 October, Scarpa Room
Meet and listen to Australia’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineer Andrew Lock as he talks about Summit 8000’, his project to become the first in the British Commonwealth to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8000 metre peaks.
Andrew will have copies of his new book, Summit 8000, during his presentation. Be sure to see Andrew after his talk and grab a personally signed copy.