Tim Cope - National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007, Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2006 - is an adventurer from Gippsland, Victoria, who has dedicated himself to sharing his personal discoveries with the wider community. This has become his profession with the writing of books, making of documentaries, and professional speaking.
Between 2004 and 2007 he travelled for three and a half years by horse from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of nomads made famous by Ghengis Khan in what Australian Geographic billed as 'one of the greatest journeys of modern times'. In what can only be described as an epic, Tim encountered challenges ranging from physical hardship in extreme environments (-50 degrees to +50 degrees), coming to terms with the need for patience and resolve when the journey ballooned from an 18 month plan to more than three years, and then not only confronting dangerous situations but death itself when his father was tragically killed in a car accident. During this and previous journeys Tim learnt to speak fluent Russian and was privileged to be welcomed into hundreds of homes where he came to intimately understand the fate of the nomadic people of the steppes. Well documented by BBC World Service, Radio National Australia, CNN news, the Sun-Herald, National Geographic, The Australian, Australian Geographic, WHO magazine, and many other media outlets, Tim has become widely known not only as an adventurer, but an inspirational storyteller who goes out of his way to discover people, lands, cultures, and history, and then make it all powerfully relevant to an audience.
His journey is the subject of the enormously popular six part ABC TV series The Trail of Genghis Khan, the recipient of the prestigious Special Prize of the Jury at the 22nd Mountain Film Festival in Graz, Austria and the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
Other highlights in Tim's career have included rowing a wooden boat through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean (2001), riding a bicycle for 10,000km across Russia and Mongolia (1999-2000), and training as a Wilderness Guide in the Arctic and forest regions of Finland and north-west Russia (1998-1999).
He is the author of Off the Rails, and was involved in the making of the Grants Film Festival-winning documentary of the same name for the ABC, and The Yenisey Expedition for the National Geographic channel. His stills, which have been published by Australian Geographic, National Geographic Adventure and many other publications, are used as an important tool in his presentations.
Accolades have included being honoured in Washington DC by National Geographic in November 2007, being awarded the prestigious Australian Adventurer of the Year 2006 by Australian Geographic, accepted as a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London (2005), the recipient of the Young Adventurer of the Year award and selection in Outside magazine's top twenty five young adventurers in the world (2002).
For more information visit on Tim's many adventures visit timcopejourneys.com.
Client Comments for Tim Cope
- Tim's re-telling of his life on horse from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of the nomads was an amazing story that brought to life his passion for adventure. The linking of his journey with the challenges facing today's business leaders provided a timely reminder for all of us of goal setting, resilience and determination, at times the need to act outside one's comfort zone, looking outwards and that working in harmony with others is the key to success.
The Illawarra Connection
- The principals of the Shepparton Network recently had the privilege of hearing Tim Cope speak about his journey from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of Genghis Khan. He was truly inspirational.
The account of his adventure held much innate interest from an historical and geographical perspective but it was so much more. It was a journey of self discovery, challenge, courage and persistence.
It was an account of cultural diversity and human capacity, connectedness and bonding. Tim spoke to us for about an hour and a half and we could have listened to him much longer had time allowed.
He shared [the highlights] of his journey and it was enthralling. Questions to him afterwards clearly showed that there were many other aspects of the journey that were still left untold.
Many principals have already indicated that they will be looking at booking Tim as a speaker for their school community.
- Fantastic. A gentle but self-assured man with wisdom and maturity well beyond his years. He took our audience through a raft of emotions and inspired us all to chase our dreams and fullfil our aspiratrions. I cannot praise Tim enough.
Gippsland Principals Conference
- Refresing and surprisingly relevant with Tim's 'Learnings and Insights'.
- Tim is a very passionate and well organised speaker, everyone enjoyed his presentation... a very inspirational speaker.
- Tim was like a breath of fresh air, so nice to know that Saxton have all types of speakers, and not just high powered business professionals.
- Staff were amazed at Tim's presentation and still talk about his achievements. This has never happened before.
- Tim spoke very well and with the film it added that extra dimension. We had over 200 kids all together and he held their interest right through.
Trafalgar High School
- I have had Tim speak at my leadership program a number of times now and he always delivers. He is thoughtful, insightful and also provides some humour. He is very easy to deal with and is always one of the favourite speakers of the year for our program.
- Tim, I want to thank you for your excellent presentation. You are an amazing young man with limitless enthusiasm, courage and 'can do, never give up' attitude was contagious to us. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Retirement Village Association Ltd
- Absolutely fabulous, entertaining and inspiring.
St Paul's Anglican Grammar
- Tim was captivating. He was personable, genuine and enthusiastic, this coupled with his stories, photos and his explanations about his wise learnings made for a very special presentation. From Tim's presentation the students and teachers were inspired and also encouraged to consider what is truly important in life.
School for Student Leadership - Alpine School Campus
- Wonderful story teller; kept the entire crowd enticed. People still talk about his experiences 2 weeks later.
National Australia Bank
- The feedback we have received regarding Tim's presentation has been extremely positive. Everyone in the audience was totally engaged in his story and my colleagues were very impressed by the way he related this back to teaching. Tim was also very approachable and was happy to talk to people before and after his presentation.
Dept of Education & Early Childhood Devel.
- Tim's affable, easy going personality immediately endeared him to his audience. His relaxed manner and sense of humour suited his topic perfectly. The feedback from the ASTW members was very positive. All those who commented said they enjoyed his talk and slide/video presentation immensely. There were many who approached Tim after his presentation to ask questions and get to know him on a more personal level: a clear sign that he had made an impact with them.
Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW)
- Tim was absolutely wonderful! We received fantastic feedback on his presentation from our guests. He was inspirational!
University of Wollongong
- Tim was excellent in his insight into how to achieve your goals and live your dreams.
Catholic Regional College
- "Rarely have I seen such whole hearted response. The quality of Tim's photography and video as well as his ability to tell stories that completely engaged the audience are outstanding
Howard Whelan, Founding Editor Of Aust Geographic
- Tim was an outstanding presenter. Our audience was a group of graduate teachers embarking on a challenging career and Tim was able to draw on analogies and metaphors during the presentation that related directly to their circumstance. The audience was entranced throughout the presentation and the AV support was engrossing. Key Regional personnel were present and I am confident we will see much more of this outstanding young man in our area in the future
John Price Jones Consulting
- Tim was excellent his insight into how to achieve you goals and live
Catholic Regional College
- He noted our brief and stuck to the topic beautifully. He read the audience of senior boys well who responded with appreciation.
- Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School invited Tim Cope to provide a highly-motivating introductory morning for our two-day Student Leadership Committee training program. Tim extensively adapted his multi-media presentation format and created a purpose-built interactive sequence incorporating stimulating group work, structured discussion forums and team building activities. The students were highly interested and fully engaged throughout.
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar
- Warm, genuine and enthusiastic. Related his experiences to the theme of the event in a meaningful way. The audience loved him.
East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
- I came away stimulated, inspired, and with my horizons broadened.
- The conference was highly successful and your contribution was very well received. I was delighted to receive such enthusiastic feedback from participants and, as I'm sure you did, to observe the very positive atmosphere throughout the day. The association is most appreciative that you agreed to be part of the event and enabled us to offer such a wonderful program.
School Library Association of Victoria
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"Communication was always consistent and the staff at Saxtons were affable and courteous."
NSW Department of Education and Training
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