Tim Cope will be in partial culture shock when he steps forward in the bustle of Darling Harbour to accept the Australian Geographic Society’s Adventurer of the Year award this morning. He’s just flown in from the southern Ukraine, because he’s still in the middle of his 10,000 km, two-year journey from Mongolia to Hungary by horse, through some of the remotest, most inhospitable places on the planet, with little more than his dog Tigon and a few horses for company.
Tim, 27, has spent the past nine years pursuing his dreams of adventure and exploration. During that time he has studied as an Arctic guide in north Finland and Russia; cycled for 14 months across Russia, Siberia and Mongolia to China and rowed a wooden boat 4200 km through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean.
On 31 May 2004, Tim set out to travel 10,000 km on the trail of Genghis Khan from Mongolia to Hungary by horse. Within a week his horses were stolen. Undeterred, he’s now travelled around 7500 km and will arrive in Hungary for the 800th anniversary celebrations of Genghis Khan’s empire. Although he’s faced temperatures ranging from –52 to 54°C, Tim says adventure is not about conquering the elements but learning about the world by immersing himself in different cultures, landscapes and situations. On this epic journey, he’s researching the heritage and life of the nomads who live on the vast Eurasian steppe.
Tim is a previous recipient of the Australian Geographic Society’s Spirit of Adventure and Young Adventurer of the Year awards. US magazine Outside included Tim as one of the top young 25 explorers/adventurers in the world today.
The 20th Anniversary Australian Geographic Society Awards were presented by adventurer Lincoln Hall at 11am on Sunday 24 September at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Trail of Ghenghis Khan on ABC2 in July Film series airs in europe Tim returns to Mongolia An update on the book...and TIGON! The journey becomes a TV doco series Tigon at home in Australia Tim gives lecture about Mongolia trek Tim's reunion with Tigon Journey update July '08 Links to media reports Tim Featured on Discovery Channel (2/7/08) Tim's Journey grand finale Trail of honour through Hungary… (5/9/07) The final summit push across the border to Hungary! (5/8/07) Tim has crossed the border into Hungary! Border preparations, Tigon puts an ear in the works...(14/7/07) The Hungarian plains almost in sight! (3/7/07) Rakhiv to Meszgori: traversing polonino life in the high Carpathians (19/6/07) Chorna Gora mountains and a rush of hutsul colour: Dumaniv, yaroslav, king of Bilche Zoloti, to the hutsuls in the Carpathians. (23/5/07) Sledi to Dumaniv in Xmelitskaya oblast (6/5/07) Back in the saddle in Vinnitskaya Province (23/4/07) Horse Shoeing in Kodima 16/04/2007 Return to Kodima (6/4/07) Preparing to continue the journey (14/3/07) Special new coffee table book ready to order through Tim's site! Tim returns to Australia to mourn the tragic death of his father, Andrew Cope (27/11/06) Nikolaiv to Szherebkovo- into third winter & wilds of southern Ukraine (9/11/06) Back with the horses in the Ukraine (19/10/2006) A Whirlwind Australian Visit for the Aus Geo Awards (6/10/06) Tim Flown in for 'Adventurer of the Year Award' in Sydney! (24/09/06) Tim crosses the Dniepr River and reaches Nikolaiv (4/9/06) Khans Palace, Market conflict out of control (21/8/06) Arrival at the capital of the Crimean Khanate, tatar-Russian violence(15/8/06) Crimean mountains & forest, an alcoholic companion, onto alpine pastures & heart of Tatars (1/8/06) Calling in from the highland nomad pastures of the Crimean Mountains (19/7/06) Australian Geographic Offers Additional Support to see Tim to Hungary (30/7/06) Eastern Crimea- misbehaving stallion, Tatar from Samarkand, Dolphins, Steppe (1/6/06) An unplanned Crimean stop-over, ancient port, kicked dog (19/6/06) Into the Aral Sands (8/6/05) Pushing towards the Caspian Sea (5/7/05) Scrape with bridge, Syr Darya, Space Rockets…(30/5/05) Final hoofsteps Tim Honored in Washington DC by National Geographic! (17/11/07) Tim's Journey a Cover Feature in Australian Geographic Journal (12/1/08) Presentation about journey open to public in Sydney on 26/8/08 Tim gives presentation in Canberra Tim To give presentation at Montreal International Film Festival 22-25th October PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS IN PERTH & MARGARET RIVER TUE 11TH NOV, SUN 16TH Tigon touches down in Australia! (12/11/08)