Growing up, Greg Mortimer was quick to show an interest in rock and mountain-climbing, and despite breaking his pelvis at the age of 15, his love for the sport didn’t falter – instead, it grew to new heights.
On 3 October 1984, Greg Mortimer and his expedition partner, Tim Macartney-Snape became the first two Australians to reach the summit of Mt Everest, and even more impressively – they did so without the aid of supplementary oxygen. From there, Greg would go on to climb K2, Chongtar and Annapurna II – again, without supporting oxygen.
Since scaling some of the world’s highest mountains, Greg has been awarded with an Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to mountaineering, along with three Australian Geographic Society Medals. He was also recently named as one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers.
Greg’s passion for adventure didn’t stop at mountain-climbing. In fact, it was after he set sail to Antarctica, that his love for expedition cruising was ignited. Wanting to share his incredible experiences with like-minded wanderers of the world, Greg and his wife, Margaret decided to set up their very own expedition cruise company, Aurora Expeditions – named in honour of a legendary Australian explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson’s ship.
In 1992, Greg and his team embarked on their first voyage as Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica. The voyagers were able to adapt quickly to changing weather conditions thanks to the flexibility of being in such an intimate and dynamic-sized group, allowing them to make landings in places that many others could not.
Greg stepped down from running the business at Aurora Expeditions in 2009 and focused on new professional projects but his adventurous spirit remains at the very core of Aurora Expedition’s values.
This season, we are both honoured and excited to have Greg and Margaret return to Antarctica on our new, custom-built expedition ship named after our intrepid co-founder.