Tim Cope -National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007, Australian Adventurer of the year 2006 - is a 35 year old from Gippsland, Victoria (Australia), who is pursuing a life of adventure, writing, and film. Tim, who speaks fluent Russian, and guides in Siberia, and Mongolia, has spent the best part of a decade travelling Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. Most of all Tim enjoys coming to know people in their home environments by traveling in traditional and local ways. His most renowned journey was a three and a half year odyssey from Mongolia to Hungary by horse on the trail of Genghis Khan and in the spirit of the nomads of the steppe.
Upon return from every experience Tim has been motivated to take his personal discoveries to schools, organisations and community groups through the medium of lectures, film and articles. Over time this has become his profession with the writing of books, articles, and professional presentations.
Since December 2007, when Tim returned from his horseback journey from Mongolia to Hungary, he has completed an award winning film series for ARTE in Europe, and ABC TV in Australia (view a short preview of Tim's film footage here), and most recently, a book for Bloomsbury Worldwide (On the Trail of Genghis Khan, An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads.) Tim's book, which was released in Australia, the USA, Canada, UK and in Germany won the 'Best Adventure Travel Book' and the 'Grand Prize' at the Banff International Mountain book and Film Festival 2013. Since 2008, Tim has been returning to Mongolia annually to guide trips for World Expeditions.
Highlights for Tim have included:
- Travelling by horse from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of nomads, a path most famously laid down by Ghengis Khan and the Mongols in the 13th century (2004-2007)
- Rowing a wooden boat through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean (2001)
- Riding a bicycle for 10,000km across Russia and Mongolia (1999-2000)
- Training as a Wilderness Guide in the Arctic and forest regions of Finland and north-west Russia (1998-1999)