Tim Cope

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Tim Cope (born 7 December 1978) is an Australian adventurer, author, filmmaker, trekking guide, and public speaker who grew up in Gippsland, Victoria. He has learned to speak fluent Russian and specializes in countries of the former Soviet Union.



Tim Cope was born in Warragul, in Victoria, and raised in nearby Drouin South. [1] He is the oldest of 4 children. His father was an outdoor educator who took his family on adventurous trips around southern Australia including hiking, climbing, boating and skiing. [1]

Cope's expeditions include riding on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary which spanned over three years (2004–2007) and 10,000 km; [2] [3] [4] [5] rowing a boat down the Yenisei River in Siberia to the Arctic Ocean in 2001 with adventurers Ben Kozel, Colin Angus and Remy Quinter; [6] and riding a recumbent bicycle 10,000 km across Russia to Beijing (2000) with fellow Australian Chris Hatherly. [7] He has also traveled into North Korea, among other places. [8]

Books and films

Cope has authored books about his journeys including Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing by Bike (2003), [9] and On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads (2013). [10]

Cope has also made films about his journeys including as director and cinematographer of Off the Rails: On the Back Roads to Beijing (2002); [11] and filmed The Yenisey Expedition co-produced by National Geographic Channel. Cope directed and filmed a four-hour program for ZDF and ARTE channels in Europe titled On the Trail of Genghis Khan which received backing from Screen Australia. [12] This series was screened in Europe in February 2010 on German/French channel ARTE. Cope's 6-part documentary series premiered on Australian TV channel ABC2 on Wednesday 28 July 2010. [13]

Awards and honours

See also

Paul Salopek

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