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
a vital component of any school's curriculum and of course we are
to have such a great resource for it in this country"
Tim's ProfileAustraliaʼs 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
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
- Mountain Adventurer (for schools) 1991,
From Sea to Summit 1992,
- Being Outside 1993.
- 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
- 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.