Andrew Lock OAM


26 December 1961

Known for:

  • Being the only Australian to climb all fourteen 8000-meter peaks, resulting in him to be honoured with the medal of the Order of Australia.
  • Climbing 13 of the 14 without using bottled oxygen, only using it on Mount Everest, which he has summited twice.
  • Being the first Australian to lead a commercial expedition to the summit of Mt Everest.
  • Performing solo ascents on four of the 8000-meter peaks and is also notable for his alpine-style climbing in very small teams, mostly climbing without even Sherpa support and bottled oxygen.
  • Accomplishing 18 individual ascents of 8000-metre peaks, with double ascents of Mt Everest, Cho-Oyu and Shishapangma Central
  • Holding a bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Emergency Management)
  • Being Australian of the Year nominee in 2010 and the Adventurer of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and has also been awarded twice with the Mount Everest medal by the Government of Nepal.
  • Being a professional corporate speaker and is a regular speaker at charity events, also the official ambassador for Scouts Australia, the Sir David Martin Foundation and the Australian Himalayan Foundation.
  • Being the author of books “Summit 8000” and “Master of Thin Air” which relates to his amazing journey of climbing the fourteen 8000-metre peaks.

Notable ascents:

  • All 14 highest peaks of the world

Andrew Lock is not just a mountaineer. Besides being the only member of the British Commonwealth to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8000 metre – death zone – mountains and being the first Australian to lead a commercial expedition to the summit of Mt Everest, he has led over 100 exploratory, research and remote area teams to every continent on earth, for private entities, government and the corporate sector.  Additionally, he has worked in both State and Federal public sectors, emergency services, military and the private sector.

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