AMplify: Episode 8, Trailblazers Talks – Tim Cope

By: Alice Gage, Category: At The Museum, Date: 17 May 2016

Join long-rider Tim Cope for an evening on the Eurasian Steppe.

Tim Cope – one of Australia's 50 greatest explorers featured in Trailblazers

Tim Cope – one of Australia's 50 greatest explorers featured in Trailblazers
Photographer: Tim Cope  © Tim Cope

Listen to explorer Tim Cope speaking to a live audience at the second instalment of our Live at the AM Trailblazers Talks podcast, recorded on 7 April 2016.

In June 2004 Tim set off on an epic journey: to ride horses on the trail of Genghis Khan, a 10,000 kilometre march from Mongolia to Hungary. The journey took him more than three years and led him deep into the fabric of nomad society on the Eurasian steppe.

Six months into the trip, a Kazakh nomad concerned that Cope travelled alone, gave him a young dog named Tigon. 

“This little guy was meant to be, the new spirit that would accompany me. We had lots of routines that kept my hopes up. One of them, in the winter time, was when we stopped I’d put him in my great big canvas duffle bag while I went about setting up the tent, unsaddling the horses, and then later as dinner began to boil, this bag would come to life and start hopping towards the petrol stove to where the dinner was ... and that was the cue for the nightly treat, cutting salted pig fat, opening the zip and this little snout would pop out and snatch it out of my hands.” 

Trailblazers Talks, presented by Australian Geographic, brings together Australia’s greatest living explorers for a series of inspirational events. The 21-week series will be held on Thursday evenings at the Australian Museum from 25 February – 14 July 2016.


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