Peter Austen

Dr. Peter Austen is a mountaineer, mountain guide, business consultant, author, educator and adventure-company operator. He speaks five languages and has academic degrees from England, Canada and the US. He has lived in six countries and explored in 54 others during the past 40 years, returning intact from many famous peaks, including Everest in Tibet, Mount Communism in Russia, Mont Blanc in France, Mount Robson in Canada and Alpamayo in Peru.

Peter led Canada’s first truly national Everest expedition, the “Climb for Hope,” which had Sir Edmund Hillary as patron. Peter arranged for the climb to be filmed, and the resulting acclaimed documentary, narrated by Leslie Nielsen, has been shown frequently on the Discovery channel and others. Everest Canada: The Climb for Hope, Peter’s first book, was an account of that expedition.


Peter’s articles and photographs have appeared in BC Outdoors and in North American alpine and trade journals, tourist magazines and guidebooks, websites and newspapers. He gives leadership and team-building seminars to diverse groups throughout Canada and the US, using his EVEREST EXPERIENCE™ method. He continues to guide mountain expeditions and exotic adventures worldwide.