The most accomplished high altitude mountaineer in Australian history, Andrew Lock has earned almost as many distinctions and honours as he has bagged peaks. He is the only Australian, and the first person in the Commonwealth, to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000 metre mountains. Part of an elite group which compromises the world's best alpinists, he is the recipient of the Australian National Medal, the Australian Defense medal and has twice been awarded the Mount Everest medal by the Government of Nepal. In 2011, Andrew was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for Services to Mountaineering. In 2012, Andrew announced his retirement from pursuits in the 'Death Zone' and is now concentrating on lower-altitude pursuits such as rafting the Franklin River and throwing himself into the charities he works for and supports. His latest challenge is the first ever winter traverse of the Brooks Range in Alaska, with his partner Neil Ward. Having been beaten back by the weather in 2017 they are heading back for another crack in early 2018.