The Fourteen 8000ers

Everest (8850m)

Reaching the summit of Everest took Andrew three attempts. Twice, helping a friend to safety had to come before finally reaching the summit.  more

K2 (8615m)

K2 was the first of Andrew’s successful 8000 metre ascents, and made for one of the most riveting, inspiring stories in Australian mountaineering. more

Kanchenjunga (8586m)

"...he pushed on, and with his team mates reached the summit a little before dusk in ever worsening conditions. There followed one of the most harrowing descents in alpine history, in a raging blizzard, at night and unable to use headlamps..." more

Lhotse (8516m)

Andrew managed two 8000m peaks in one expedition climbing Lhotse, which lies next to Everest, directly after Manaslu setting yet another Australian mountaineering record.  more

Makalu (8485m)

The climb to the summit was a mixture of steep rock and ice and was a race against time as bad weather threatened. Makalu become Andrew's penultimate summit of his project on a difficult expedition plagued by ill health.  more

Cho Oyu (8201m)

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 metres. Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. It is the most frequently climbed 8,000m peak and 6th highest in the world. Andrew decided to launch his summit attempt all the way from camp 2 at 6500 metres. more

Dhaulagiri (8167m)

Stopping on top just long enough to take one miserable photograph, the descent became a battle for survival, searching for the route, buried camps and the strength to carry on. Only Andrew survived the descent without frostbite injury despite having to climb alone and without a head torch. more

Manaslu (8163m)

Manaslu has become renowned for big avalanches and a summit plateau that is frequently swamped in thick cloud. Andrew reached the summit on a bitterly cold morning early in the season, making the first ascent of an 8000 metre peak for the entire Himalaya that season and achieving the first ever Australian ascent of the peak. more

Broad Peak (8051m)

Broad Peak, also known as K3, is the 12th highest mountain on Earth, with an elevation of 8,051 meters.  more