Mountaineer, explorer, international speaker, author, entrepreneur and Order of Australia recipient.
Tim is best known as the only person ever to climb Mount Everest’s entire 8,848 metres from sea to summit. Although he began the three-month expedition with a small film crew on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, he climbed alone from Base Camp, without the assistance of sherpas, fellow climbers or bottled oxygen. The documentary of this achievement won prizes in seven countries for best mountain film.
That achievement followed on from a string of first ascents on difficult routes across the Himalaya, most notably the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest. After conceiving the climb, Tim was a driving force in organising the expedition. The small team climbed alpine style, without sherpa support or bottled oxygen pioneering a new route directly up a difficult and dangerous part of the north face with Tim one of two to reach the summit.
Mt Everest historian Walt Unsworth described the climb as “one of the greatest climbs ever done on the mountain”.
John Roskelley, America’s most accomplished Himalayan climber said it was “the mountaineering coup of the century”.
Tim co-founded leading international outdoor adventure brand Sea to Summit. The company takes its name from the aforementioned extraordinary 1990 ascent of Mount Everest. Sea to Summit equipment is now sold in over 60 countries and has won design and business awards in Australia, Europe and America.
Tim is also a consultant to adventure travel company World Expeditions and continues to pursue his chief outdoor interests of exploratory mountaineering, rock climbing and skiing.
He is a twice-honoured Order of Australia recipient. Tim is founder and Patron of the World Transformation Movement, Chairman of Leave No Trace Australia and a member of the Fred Hollows Foundation.