Greg Mortimer

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Greg Mortimer
Personal information
Name Greg Mortimer
Nationality Australian
Born (1952-12-10) December 10, 1952 (age 61)
Sydney, Australia
Climbing career
Type of climber Mountaineer
First ascents Mount Everest, Nepal by a new route (1984), Mount Minto, Antarctica (1988), many first Australian ascents of major peaks.
Major ascents Annapurna II (1983), Mount Everest (1984), K2 (1990), Manaslu (2002),

Greg Mortimer, OAM is an Australian mountaineer (born December 10, 1952).[1] Mortimer is most well known as one of the first two Australians (with Tim Macartney-Snape) to successfully climb Mount Everest[2] on 3 October 1984 without oxygen.[3] Their ascent was the first via the North face and Great Couloir and is now one of the established routes used to climb the mountain.[4]

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[5] to climb Mount Minto[6] in the Admiralty Mountains of Antarctica (1988).[7][8]

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.[9]

Mortimer was born in 1952 in Sydney, Australia and grew up around Gladesville and Bondi Junction.[10]

Mortimer is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and three Australian Geographic Society medals.

Books about Greg Mortimer[edit]

  • White Limbo: The First Australian Climb of Mt Everest (1985) by Lincoln Hall, Kevin Weldon, Sydney.
  • The Loneliest Mountain: The Dramatic Story of the First Expedition to Climb Mt Minto, Antarctica (1989) by Lincoln Hall, Simon & Schuster, Sydney.
  • First Ascent: The Life and Climbs of Greg Mortimer (1996) by Lincoln Hall, Simon & Schuster, Sydney.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/tv/talkingheads/txt/s2698247.htm accessed 27 March 2012
  2. ^ White Limbo: The First Australian Climb of Mt Everest (1985) by Lincoln Hall, Kevin Weldon, Sydney.
  3. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2009/09/06/2674391.htm accessed 27 March 2012
  4. ^ http://www.suburbia.com.au/~anarensw/midwinter/previous/2006Greg_Mortimer.htm accessed 27 March 2012
  5. ^ http://museumvictoria.com.au/learning-federation/antarctic-collection/half-sledge---greg-mortimer-mt-minto/ accessed 27 March 2012
  6. ^ The Loneliest Mountain: The Dramatic Story of the First Expedition to Climb Mt Minto, Antarctica (1989) by Lincoln Hall, Simon & Schuster, Sydney
  7. ^ http://www.everesthistory.com/climbers/gregmortimer.htm retrieved 27 March 2012
  8. ^ *First Ascent: The Life and Climbs of Greg Mortimer (1996) by Lincoln Hall, Simon & Schuster, Sydney
  9. ^ http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/about
  10. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/tv/talkingheads/txt/s2698247.htm accessed 27 March 2012