On October 3, 1984, Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer became the first Australians to reach the summit of Mt Everest. The team of just five climbers summited 'alpine style' - carrying their own gear and without supplementary oxygen - establishing a new and difficult route on the mountain's north face.
The Australian Himalayan Foundation is holding a dinner on September 18th, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this first Australian ascent of Mt Everest.
Greg Mortimer will deliver the 2009 Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Address at the AHF dinner, while Todd Sampson, Everest summiteer and advertising/media guru from ABC TV's The Gruen Transfer, will also deliver an address.
All proceeds from the event will go to support the Australian Himalayan Foundation's community projects, which include one of the most comprehensive education programs in rural Nepal.
'A Night Out on Everest' will be help at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, on Friday September 18, at 6:30pm. Tickets cost from $150 per person, with corporate tables (hosted by eminent adventurers) available. Bookings can be made online at http://www.australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au