Andrew Lock

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Andrew Lock
Personal information
Nationality Australian
Born (1961-12-26) December 26, 1961 (age 53)
Climbing career
Type of climber Mountaineer
Known for First Australian to climb all 14 eight-thousanders
Updated on 17 March 2013.

Andrew James Lock OAM (born 26 December 1961) is an Australian mountaineer. He completed his personal mountaineering project to be the first Australian to climb all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level) in October 2009. In all he has climbed all 14 8000m peaks, with 18 personal 8000 metre summits, having climbed several twice. Andrew also has climbed to both summits of Shishapangma (most climb to the false summit and only very few have completed the 14 x 8000m by climbing to the true summit of Shishapangma). Andrew is currently an ambassador of Sir David Martin Foundation.

His preferred climbing style is in small teams, climbing without sherpa support or auxiliary oxygen and along the way he has achieved six first Australian ascents (Dhaulagiri, Nanga Parbat, Hidden Peak, Manaslu, Annapurna and Shishapangma) and four solo ascents (Lhotse, Broad Peak, Shishapangma Central and Cho Oyu). He has summited Mt Everest, twice.

His first 8000-metre summit was of K2, which he climbed in 1993 with a small team that included Anatoli Boukreev. The mountain lived up to its fearsome reputation when two of his climbing partners were killed in separate falls and Lock rescued a Swedish climber. In 2004, he was a climber and cinematographer for the Discovery Channel six part mini series, Ultimate Survival – Everest, which has been broadcast on multiple occasions throughout North America. On that expedition, Lock personally rescued 3 members of other teams coming down from the summit, giving up his own oxygen along the way.

Lock has climbed with many of the world’s best, including Anatoli Boukreev (K2 in 1993), Göran Kropp (Broad Peak in 1994), Doug Scott and Wojciech Kurtyka (Nanga Parbat Mazeno Ridge in 1995) & Ivan Vallejo and Inaki Ochoa (Annapurna 2007).

In 2009 Andrew Lock was awarded the Australian Geographic Society's Adventurer of the year award.

In May 2011 Lock's attempt to summit Everest without supplementary oxygen reportedly was unsuccessful due to high winds and blizzard conditions.[1]

On 13 June 2011, Lock was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to mountaineering.[2]

8000 metre accomplishments[edit]

  • 1993 K2 (8,611 metres) - 1st Australian ascent via Pakistan
  • 1997 Dhaulagiri (8,167 metres) - 1st Australian ascent
  • 1997 Broad Peak (8,048 metres) – Solo ascent
  • 1998 Nanga Parbat (8,125 metres) - 1st Australian ascent
  • 1999 Hidden Peak (8,068 metres) - 1st Australian ascent
  • 1999 Gasherbrum II (8,035 metres) - Alpine style ascent
  • 2000 Everest (8,848 metres) - 1st Australian to lead a commercial expedition to the summit of Mt Everest
  • 2002 Manaslu (8,163 metres) - 1st Australian ascent
  • 2002 Lhotse (8,516 metres) - solo ascent
  • 2003 Shishapangma Central (8,008 metres) - solo ascent
  • 2004 Everest (8,848 metres) - 2nd personal ascent — Discovery channel expedition climber and cameraman
  • 2004 Cho Oyu (8,201 metres) - solo ascent
  • 2005 Cho Oyu (8,201 metres) - 2nd personal ascent – commercial expedition leader
  • 2005 Shishapangma Central (8008 metres) - 2nd personal ascent — commercial expedition leader
  • 2006 Kanchenjunga (8,596 metres) - 2nd Australian ascent
  • 2007 Annapurna (8,091 metres) - 1st Australian ascent
  • 2008 Makalu (8,496 metres) -
  • 2009 Shishapangma Main Summit (8,027 metres) - 1st Australian ascent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Belinda Merhab (2011-05-30). "Wind thwarts oxygenless Everest attempt". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Lock OAM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 13 June 2011.