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Andrew Lock OAM

Andrew Lock OAM


Andrew Lock OAM is the most accomplished mountaineer in Australian history and we are honored to count him as a past employee of Mountain Equipment. We are also proud to have sponsored Andrew since the beginning of his mountaineering and guiding career in the early 1990’s. He is the only Australian, the first person in the entire British Commonwealth, and just the 18th man in the world, to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8000 metre mountains.  His achievements encompass 18 summits of those 8000 metre peaks, including Mt Everest (twice), three times that of any other Australian, placing him in a select group of the world’s best alpinists. Additionally, Andrew accomplished the first Australian ascent of 6 of those mountains, a record that can never be broken.  His continuing mountaineering successes include:


  • The only Australian in history to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8000 metre peaks.
  • The first Australian to lead a commercial expedition to the summit of Mt Everest.
  • The first Australian ascent of six of the world’s 8000 metre peaks
  • Solo ascents of four 8000 metre peaks: Broad Peak, Lhotse, Shishapangma Central and Cho Oyu
  • Climbs without oxygen or Sherpa support
  • 18 individual ascents of 8000 metre peaks, with double ascents of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma Central
  • Lived at high altitude, on the mountains themselves, for over 4 years
  • Andrew was featured in the DISCOVERY CHANNEL 6 part mini series – Everest: Ultimate Survival and is the published author of SUMMIT 8000.


He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management) with Distinction.  In addition to being a professional corporate speaker, he is a regular speaker at charity events and is the official Ambassador for Scouts Australia, the Sir David Martin Foundation and the Australian Himalayan Foundation.  He has been appointed an Australia Day Ambassador six times and was awarded the Order of Australia for Services to Mountaineering, the Australian National Medal , the Australian Defence medal and received a Commendation for Bravery for saving three climbers on Mt Everest.  He has twice been awarded the Mount Everest medal by the Government of Nepal.


He was an Australian of the Year nominee in 2010 and the Adventurer of the Year in 2009 and 2010.  He is listed in the Who’s Who of Australia.

See Andrew Lock OAM website