From conquering Everest to pioneering Antarctic tourism: Greg Mortimer (Part 2)

Greg Mortimer is one of Australia’s best known and highly respected mountaineers. In 1984 Greg was one of the first two Australians to ever summit Everest. He also conquered the world’s most dangerous mountain K2, as well as two of the highest peaks in Antarctica. He later became a pioneer of Antarctic tourism and even has a groundbreaking new ship named after him.

On this episode of Talking Australia Greg talks about his mountaineering days and how his groundbreaking summit of Everest was also due to his liberal parents and a free upbringing, as well as a bit of naivety and pure will.

This is part two of our conversation with Greg.

This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (

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