Greg Mortimer, a geologist and mountaineer by profession, lives in the Blue Mountains.
Some of Gregs achievements in mountaineering include: the first ascent of the South face of Annapurna II in 1983; the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest in 1984; the first Australian ascent of the highest mountain in Antarctica in 1988; the first Australian ascent of K2 in 1990; and in 1994, the first ascent of Mt Chongtar which was the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
He has been involved in Antarctic science, tourism and private expeditions since 1979 and has been in Antarctic every summer since 1990. In 1988 Greg organised and led the Bicentennial Antarctic Expedition which sailed into the Ross Sea, and climbed Mt Minto.
Greg has the Order of Australia Medal for mountaineering, and is the recipient of three Australian Geographic Society medals. He is a trustee of the Australian Geographic Society, vice president of the Youth Hostel Association, and director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation.
Reflections on Danger
1pm Saturday 18 October, Scarpa Room
Greg will talk about Everest, K2, Mt Minto, Annapurna 2 and Chongtar and why we go there when, for example, the death rate on K2 is about 20%.
He will also be a panelist on the Hot Topic seminar on adventuring and climbing (10.30am Sunday)