AMplify: Episode 4, Trailblazers Talks – An Evening on Everest

By: Alice Gage, Category: At The Museum, Date: 19 Apr 2016

Listen to the live conversation between two giants of Australian exploration, Greg Mortimer and Howard Whelan

Howard Whelan and Greg Mortimer, 'An Evening on Everest'

Howard Whelan and Greg Mortimer, 'An Evening on Everest'
Photographer: Tim Levy © Australian Museum

Trailblazers curator and Australian Geographic founding editor Howard Whelan, and renowned Aussie explorer and mountaineer Greg Mortimer come together for An Evening on Everest – the first installment of our Trailblazers Talks series, held on 25 February 2016.

Greg Mortimer was the first Australian to reach the summits of Mount Everest, K2, Annapurna II and Chongtar in the Himalaya – all without supplementary oxygen. In this inspiring discussion, Greg recounts reaching the summit and the qualities of modern-day explorers.

“I think it’s an interesting thread in Australian Himalayan mountaineering: we’ve gone there with an enormous quotient of naïvity, given we come from the flattest continent on the planet. And that stood us in very good stead because we had no tradition to live up to or a certain style to match.” 

An Evening on Everest was the first of our 21 Trailblazers Talks taking place at the Australian Museum in 2016, held weekly in parallel with the Museum's Trailblazers exhibition celebrating Australia's 50 greatest explorers. 


 Australian Geographic



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