Tim Cope

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Tim Cope (1978) is an Australian adventurer, author, filmmaker, trekking guide, and public speaker who grew up in Gippsland, Victoria. He has learned to speak fluent Russian and specializes in countries of the former Soviet Union.

Biography[edit]

Tim Cope was born in 1978 in Warragul, in Australia, and raised in Drouin South, Victoria.[1] He is the oldest of 4 children. His father was an outdoor educator who took his family on adventurous trips around south Australia including hiking, climbing, boating and skiing.[1]

Cope's expeditions include riding on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary which spanned over three years (2004–2007) and 10,000 km;[2][3][4][5] rowing a boat down the Yenisei River in Siberia to the Arctic Ocean in 2001 with adventurers Ben Kozel, Colin Angus, and Remy Quinter;[6] and riding a recumbent bicycle 10,000 km across Russia to Beijing (2000) with fellow Australian Chris Hatherly.[7] He has also traveled into North Korea, among other places.[8]

Books and films[edit]

Cope has authored books about his journeys including Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing by Bike (2003),[9] and On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads (2013).[10]

Cope has also made films about his journeys including as director and cinematographer of Off the Rails: On the Back Roads to Beijing (2002);[11] and filmed The Yenisey Expedition co-produced by National Geographic Channel. Cope directed and filmed a four-hour program for ZDF and ARTE channels in Europe titled On the Trail of Genghis Khan which received backing from Screen Australia.[12] This series was screened in Europe in February 2010 on German/French channel ARTE. Cope's 6-part documentary series premiered on Australian TV channel ABC2 on Wednesday 28 July 2010.[13]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2000 "Spirit of Adventure Award", Australian Geographic.[14]
  • 2001 "Young Australian Adventurer of the Year", Australian Geographic.[15]
  • 2002 "Best Adventure Film", for the film Off The Rails. Mountain and Adventure Film Festival, Graz, Austria.
  • 2006 "Australian Adventurer of the Year", Australian Geographic.[16]
  • 2008 "Adventurers of the Year", National Geographic Adventure, one of fifteen.[17]
  • 2010 "Special Prize of the Jury", for the film The Trail of Genghis Khan, Mountain and Adventure Film Festival, Graz, Austria.[18]
  • 2013 "Grand Prize", Banff Mountain Book Festival, for The Trail of Genghis Khan.[19]
  • 2015 "Mongolian Tourism Excellency Medal" by the minister for tourism and environment. Also officially inaugurated as tourism envoy for Mongolia.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tricia Welsh (20 September 2013). "Spotted By Locals: Tim Cope's Gippsland". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Three-year Genghis Khan trek ends". BBC. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Tim Cope: 'Civilisation feels like death to me'". The Independent. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Horseback adventurer finishes big trek". Australian Associated Press. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Tim Copes 6,000 mile ride in the hoofsteps of Genghis Khan". Exploreres Web. 6 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  6. ^ Tim Cope. "Yenisei River". Tim Cope's Journeys. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  7. ^ Tim Cope. "Cycling Siberia". Tim Cope's Journeys. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  8. ^ Tim Cope. "Into North Korea". Tim Cope's Journeys. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  9. ^ Tim Cope. Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing by Bike. Penguin Books, 2003. ISBN 978-0-14-300556-8
  10. ^ Tim Cope. On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads, Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 978-1608190720
  11. ^ Off the Rails: On the Back Roads to Beijing. ABC Australia and Beyond Distribution, 2002.
  12. ^ "Screen Australia announces support for 16 new projects including de Bernières' Red Dog". Screen Australia. 5 August 2009. Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  13. ^ Tim Cope. On the Trail of Genghis Khan, ABC2 Australia.
  14. ^ "AG Society Spirit of Adventure Awards". Australian Geographic. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  15. ^ Fran Kelly (26 September 2006). "Tim Cope: Adventurer of the Year". ABC. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Past winners of the Australian Geographic Society Adventure Awards". Australian Geographic. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  17. ^ Daniel Duane. "Tim Cope: Horse Whisperer". National Geographic Adventure. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  18. ^ "„Auf den Spuren der Nomaden (Teil 4): Die letzte Hürde"". Graz Mountain and Adventure Film Festival. 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  19. ^ "Grand Prize". Banff Mountain Book Festival. 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Tim Cope becomes Mongolian Tourism Envoy & Awarded Tourism Excellency". timcopejourneys.com. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.

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