Our Patron

The OCA is very pleased that Tim Macartney-Snape has agreed to become our Patron and to be the public face of the organisation presenting outdoor recreation to a wider audience. Tim is a committed supporter of the power of the outdoors to positively affect lives, relationships and the environment itself.

I agreed to be patron because I think that outdoor education should be a vital component of any school’s curriculum and of course we are lucky to have such a great resource for it in this country.

Tim’s Profile

Australiaʼs most well known mountaineer is a veteran of pioneering routes in remote regions of the Himalaya but is best known for his attempts of Mount Everest on two very different, pioneering expeditions. Remarkably he reached the summit on both occasions, without the use of bottled oxygen and in a style and substance of a class way beyond the realm of guided ascents so popular in recent times.

Of the dozens of climbs he has made in the Greater Himalaya, new and difficult routes on Gasherbrum IV and Annapurna II are his proudest achievements. As well as his extensive Himalayan experience Tim has climbed in Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. He trained as a biologist at the Australian National University, is also a qualified outdoor instructor, the author of several books, is active in business and promoting the biological explanation of the human condition.

Tim is a co-founder, director and part owner of the international outdoor equipment manufacturer, Sea to Summit Pty Ltd.


Significant mountaineering expeditions with summits climbed

  • Dunagiri 1978,

  • Ama Dablam north ridge 3rd ascent,

  • Anyemaqen Ist ascent NW face 1981;

  • Annapurna II first ascent south spur 1983;

  • Everest first Australian ascent, first ascent great couloir/Australian route – no supplementary oxygen, lightweight style 1984;

  • Gasherbrum IV, second ascent, first ascent nw ridge 1986; Everest, first ascent from sea level (no supplementary oxygen, solo) 1990;

  • Sarmiento (Tierra del Fuego) first ascent south face of west summit 1995;

  • First ascent Yangma Peak 6500m Nepal, 2010


Books published

  • Tim Macartney-Snape, patron of Outdoor Council of Australia Mountain Adventurer (for schools) 1991,

  • Everest From Sea to Summit 1992,

  • Being Outside 1993.


Curriculum Vitae

  • Born Iringa, Tanzania January 5 1956. His Australian father and British mother were pioneer farmers.

  • Migrated to Australia in 1967, settled near Benalla, Victoria, educated at Wangaratta High School (2 terms) then Geelong Grammar School, five years, ANU four years, qualified with a BSc in biology.

  • 1979 Technical assistant at Australian Botanic Gardens.

  • 1979 -1983 Trekking guide for Australian Himalayan Expeditions four years, and operations manager one year.

  • 1983-1988 Director Wilderness Expeditions Pty Ltd. (operators of trekking, mountaineering, skiing and rafting holidays in Australia, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Argentina and Japan).

  • 1993 – Trekking guide for World Expeditions in Nepal, India, Argentina, Kenya and Tanzania from 1994 until present also acting as a consultant for them in mountaineering trekking and promotional activities.

  • Co-founder, owner and director Sea to Summit Pty Ltd. outdoor equipment manufacturer and wholesaler 1990 to present.

  • Founding Chair of Nepal Eye Progamme Australia, member of Fred Hollows Foundation.

  • Director Foundation For Humanity’s Adulthood.

  • Founding Chair of Leave No Trace Australia.

  • Order of Australia medals: OAM 1988, AM 1992, for mountaineering and international relations.


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