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Australia's most accomplished high altitude climber.

The summit of any mountain is merely a basecamp for greater challenge.

Andrew Lock is the most accomplished high altitude mountaineer in Australian history and one of the world’s most sought after remote area expedition leaders.

He is the only Australian, indeed the only member of the British Commonwealth, to have climbed all of the world’s 8000 metre - death zone - mountains, an odyssey sixteen years in the making. But success did not come easily. He survived avalanches, crevasse falls, frostbite, bivouacks at extreme altitude without equipment and lost more than twenty of his friends to the mountains.

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Andrew has also guided numerous teams to the summit of Mt Everest and to the most inhospitable environments on every continent on earth. He has trained and led members of the Australian Government’s National Antarctic Research Expeditions on multiple Antarctic expeditions, and guided commercial groups across Antarctica and the sub Antarctic.

Andrew’s story is exceptional because he comes from a humble, urban background, with no family links to the mountains. Yet he pursued his dream of climbing all of the world’s highest mountains for sixteen years, actually living on the sides of those frozen monoliths for 4 years! His exceptional achievements in the face of such adversity have demanded supreme levels of resilience, perseverance and leadership.

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Community: Andrew holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management) with Distinction. 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.

Media Presence: Featured climber in Discovery documentary six episode mini-series ‘Everest: Ultimate Survival’ Author of SUMMIT 8000 the story of his epic 16 year project to climb all of the world’s highest mountains. Regular guest on Ch 9 Today, Ch 7 Sunrise, ABC 7.30 report, news, radio and newspapers. Featured in over 100 magazine interviews

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Australian Commendation for Bravery
Australian National Police Service Medal Australian National Medal
Australian Defence medal
Twice awarded the Mount Everest medal by the Government of Nepal Australian of the Year nominee 2010
Adventurer of the Year 2009 and 2010

Talking Points

SUMMIT SECRETS - Leading to Succeed

Great challenges require commitment and perseverance. In times of extreme adversity however, it is inspirational and authentic leadership that keeps teams going to the end. Andrew Lock’s sixteen year project to climb every 8000 metre peak on earth, including Mt Everest and thirteen other - death zone - mountains, without guides, oxygen or Sherpas, demanded project management, goal setting, perseverance and team skills. But when climbers died and the teams he joined, failed, he developed his own leadership skills to drive both his success and that of his teams. In doing so, Andrew became the only Australian, indeed the only member of the British Commonwealth, to climb every 8000 metre peak on earth. In this inspiring keynote, Andrew shares the journey, the many important lessons he learned through both failures and successes, and reveals the three overarching leadership traits needed to create winning teams that succeed against great adversity.

Key themes - Leadership, self-leadership, creating high performing teams, succeeding against adversity.

RISK - It IS worth it

‘Climbing isn’t worth dying for but it is worth risking dying for.’ This quote by acclaimed mountaineer, Todd Skinner, sounds a bit hollow doesn’t it? Or does it? After 25 extreme altitude expeditions and over 100 exploratory, research and remote area adventure expeditions to every continent on earth, Andrew Lock knows about risk. He succeeded, and survived, where more than 20 of his friends were lost to the mountains. In this keynote, Andrew draws upon his experiences of climbing the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains, as well as his many years of OH&S, Risk Management and Risk Response training. You will learn his risk management approach, understanding risk attitudes and human response processes and his philosophy of proactive risk management strategies to leverage opportunities, rather than retreat from threats, which saw him succeed, where so many others failed.

Key themes - Risk management, Fear management, OH&S.

SUMMIT 8000 - The Farthest Goal

Andrew Lock’s dream to climb Mt Everest took 15 years to achieve because he climbed without guides, Sherpas or oxygen. It was an extraordinary journey for a boy from the suburbs of Sydney with no prior climbing experience. But the realisation of that dream was not the end of his journey. Rather, the summit of Mount Everest became a stepping stone to an even greater challenge; to climb every 8000 metre - death zone - peak on earth, a 16 year project on the world’s highest, hardest and most dangerous mountains. Along the way he was immersed in immensely spiritual foreign cultures, caught in the firing zone of military conflicts, suffered numerous near death experiences and lost more than 20 of his friends to the mountains. In this moving, sometimes hilarious but always inspiring keynote, Andrew shares the journey, the lessons learned along the way and the hard fought for successes that saw him acclaimed as one of the world’s great high altitude alpinists, the only Australian and indeed the only member of the British Commonwealth, to climb every 8000 metre peak on earth.

Key Themes - Goal setting, project management, resilience, motivation and inspiration.

EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY - The Alpine Style Organisation

Like traditional climbing expeditions, most organisations embrace a comfortable, structured, ‘siege style’ approach to business. Today’s corporate world however is one of constant change and uncertainty. In this keynote, Andrew identifies the tools used to create modern, light and fast, ‘alpine style’ organisations that can respond quickly to threats and opportunities and become comfortable with uncertainty. He draws upon his own expedition experiences to the 8000 metre - death zone - mountains, including Mt Annapurna, the most dangerous mountain in the world, and K2, the hardest mountain in the world, where he developed Alpine style teams that achieved unparalleled successes on unclimbed routes in the face of extraordinary adversity, change and uncertainty, while all other teams failed on even the simplest routes.

Key themes - Uncertainty, organisational culture and resilience, change management.
I applaud Andrew on his approach and commitment to our Forum. It is rare to find a key note speaker who is willing to commit so much time and energy into getting to know and understand the organisation to whom they are speaker. Andrew did this and subsequently tailored his presentation to the issues, themes and messages that underpinned the whole Forum. Even though Andrew has such a rich tapestry of experience to draw from, it was his ability to weave his story into the business messages of the conference that resulted in the forum participants, and my clients, talking about Andrew's impact for days afterwards. I simply couldn't have asked for a better speaker to augment the Forum. I would recommend Andrew to facilitators and conferences wholeheartedly. Alan Scott, Principal, Asmosys

We were looking for an exceptional speaker for our recent Client Conference. After looking at quite a few speakers, we settled on Andrew Lock. Personally I am very grateful for having Andrew speak at our conference. I was very moved by his presentation, as were the 100 people in the room. Andrew does a great job. He truly makes a difference. Our clients are still talking about every facet that Andrew spoke about - the systems under adversity, leadership at the highest level, culture, risk analysis, to name a few. My advice is to book him now!

Bruce Campbell, Business Coach, Entrepreneurial Business School

An incredible, inspiring, exhilarating and motivating presenter. Andrew had a complicated presentation brief but he delivered it perfectly. He was humble yet inspirational; he was elite yet convincing. Andrew delivers a very strong message in regards to tackling everyday tasks in addition to the importance of team work and leadership. Andrew's story and real-life images captivated the audience and added great value to the day. I highly recommend Andrew as a keynote for any event looking to inspire and leave your audience in awe.

Steve Bennett, Senior Policy Officer, W. A. Department of Sport and Recreation

Your address inspired and motivated delegates encouraging each of them to question and challenge their individual approach to project management and how they contribute. The response to your address has been overwhelmingly positive. Your presentation reinforced values of getting things done, working together and having the courage to make a difference.

Brisbane City Council

You engaged with the 99% women’s audience with uncanny ease! Not what you would naturally expect discussing the extreme sport of high altitude mountaineering. We all went away inspired, motivated and able to make very clear and useful connections between your story and our daily lives.

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