Greg Mortimer was one of the first two Australians (with Tim Macartney-Snape) to summit Mouth Everest on 3 October 1984, without supplementary oxygen.

VIDEO: Greg Mortimer recounts his Everest summit

  • BY AG Staff Writer |
  • March 03, 2016

Australian explorer and mountaineer Greg Mortimer OAM speaks to AG founding editor Howard Whelan about his 1984 Everest summit (without supplementary oxygen) – an Australian first.

THE FIRST OF 21 weekly Trailblazers Talks taking place at the Australian Museum kicked off last Thursday with a conversation between AG's founding editor, Howard Whelan, and renowned Aussie explorer and mountaineer, Greg Mortimor.

Greg was the first Australian to reach the summits of Mount Everest, K2, Annapurna II and Chongtar in the Himalaya – all without supplementary oxygen. During his adventures Greg also set up a company, Aurora Expeditions, for adventurous tourists who wanted to explore Antarctica and he pioneered ship-based adventures.

In this short extract from the hour-long intimate and inspiring discussion, Greg recounts reaching the summit. 

"An Evening on Everest" was the first of 21 Trailblazers Talks taking place at the Australian Museum in Sydney between now and July 2016, held weekly in parallel with the museum's Trailblazers exhibition celebrating Australia's greatest modern-day explorers. 

Tonight, at another sold-out event, the museum will be screening the film The Crossing followed by a Q&A with the film's adventurers Chris Bray and Clark Carter.

More Trailblazers Talks coming up this month

9 March: Pioneering women: Jessica Watson and Kim McKay

See Australian Museum resident Trailblazer Executive Director and CEO Kim McKay AO interview Jessica Watson AOM about her extraordinary solo sailing adventure.

17 March: Walking with Camels: Observations of Landscape

In this wide-ranging talk, cameleer and explorer Andrew Harper reflects on what 20 years of walking with camels has taught him about his country. Book now

**We're giving away two free double passes to this event. Find out how to enter here** 

24 March: Astronomy: The unsung trailblazers

In this entertaining and fully illustrated talk, astronomer Fred Watson selects just a few of astronomy’s unsung trailblazers. Book now