We are absolutely delighted that Greg Mortimer, one of the first two Australians to successfully climb Mt Everest without oxygen has agreed to come along and share a bit about himself.
Greg Mortimer, is an Australian mountaineer (born December 10, 1952). Mortimer is most well known as one of the first two Australians (with Tim Macartney-Snape) to successfully climb Mount Everest on 3 October 1984 without oxygen.
Mortimer was also the first Australian to climb K2 (1990), the first to climb Annapurna II by its south face (1983), the first Australian to climb Antarctica’s highest peak, Vinson Massif (1988) and the first to climb Mount Minto in the Admiralty Mountains of Antarctica (1988).
Mortimer trained as a geochemist and geologist, has worked as a survival-training instructor and as a Scientific Affairs Adviser for the New Zealand Antarctic Division. Since 1992 he has led over 80 expeditions to Antarctica, many on a commercial basis with his company Aurora Expeditions.
Mortimer is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and three Australian Geographic Society medals.