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30 Years from The Summit

Tim presents the trials and tribulations of the first Australian ascent of Everest

7pm Friday 17 October, Paddy Pallin Stage

If you would like to see Tims talk, please purchase a Friday Day Pass (or a Full Festival Pass for access to all three festival days). Buy tickets here. 


On 3 October 1984, Tim and his small expedition reached the summit via an audacious new route in semi alpine style – without oxygen. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, and they lived to tell the tale. Nothing has recounted this captivating story in such raw detail since Lincoln Hall’s book White Limbo until now.


On the international stage, Tim is Australia’s best known mountaineer, this is largely due to the success of his solo, oxygen-free, second ascent of Everest on his famous Sea to Summit expedition. After that ascent he founded equipment manufacturer Sea to Summit with fellow climber Roland Tyson. Now twenty-four years on, the pair are still hands-on owners and the brand is recognised around the world as a leader in the fiercely competitive market of technical lightweight gear.


Tim’s preference for exploratory climbing in the Greater Ranges is marked by fist ascents on many peaks including Gasherbrum IV and Annapurna II and once a year, in conjunction with World Expeditions, Tim takes small groups into the most isolated and wildest places. He is an inspiring leader and brings different tangents to exploratory treks with his natural history knowledge and true understanding of the Himalayan culture. In May 2015 Tim will lead the World Expeditions Api Himal Exploratory trip into the remote Api-Saipal region of western Nepal.


Tim is a patron of the World Transformation Movement, patron of The Outdoor Council of Australia, a founding member of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Chair of Leave No Trace Australia and recipient of two orders of Australia.





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