Everest: Fact and Fiction

With the large amount of media attention on Everest these days, I thought I would update and re-publish a series of blogs I had written previously about Everest. I love the sport of high altitude mountaineering and as an Everest speaker I attempt to use my experiences to help others climb their own mountains. There is no question that high altitude mountaineering is exciting and dramatic, but there is also a lot of misinformation out there. I hope to shed some light on the sport I have chosen as my own. I hope you find my blogs interesting and insightful. And please remember these are my thoughts, insights and interpretations. Not everyone will necessarily agree with my words and that is ok. We all understand and experience this world a little differently. Some of the topics I will discuss include: Why is Mount Everest so dangerous? Why would you hire an Everest speaker for your meeting, conference or event? How to select the right Everest speaker for your event. Why are so many people going to Everest in spite of this danger? Is there an overcrowding issue on Everest? How is climate change impacting safety on Everest? Can Everest be guided safely? Can Everest be climbed safely without supplemental oxygen? What is the reality of rescue above 8000m? What role does team work play in success, failure and death on Everest? What role does leadership play in success, failure and death on Everest? I hope you enjoy these blogs and find them interesting and...

Leadership Training in the Modern World

Leadership training is a common focus for internet searches and books. Each year over 1500 books on leadership are published. Engaging in leadership training is a great way to supplement your learning, but leadership training should be only one part of your development strategy. If you are interested in leadership training you must first figure out what you mean by leadership training. Are you looking for personal development or skills training. Do you have a specific focus such as leading change, strategy development, vision or leadership style. Once you decide on what you are really looking for you need to find the leadership training that will help you meet these needs. At Summit Team Building we offer many options when looking for leadership training. Regardless of the program you choose we guarantee the program to be engaging, insightful, self-reflective and easily applicable to your current leadership goals and challenges. At Summit Team Building we offer leadership training programs in emotional intelligence, leading change, developing vision, leadership style, and 360 assessment for leadership development. All leadership training programs will provide models tools and strategies that are relevant to your leadership development needs. We ask participants in our leadership training programs to capture their key insights throughout the program and then to select the insight that is most relevant to a current leadership goal or challenge. We then guide our leadership training participants to develop a personal action plan to apply this learning at work. Finally we connect each leadership training participant with an internal peer-to-peer coaching buddy. The coaching buddy program provides each leadership training participant with an easily accessible coach...

What are the best team building activities?

You might ask “what are the best Team Building Activities?” The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. To find the best team building activities for your group you need to first have a clear understanding of what you are looking for. Team Building be defined in many different ways and team building activities are even more diverse. Team building can be a social event designed to network and build relationships. Dinners and drinks may fit into this category. Sometimes events such as bowling and paint ball will be considered team building activities because you are interacting with your team and building bonds. Some people will even put training and development initiatives into the team building category. At Summit we define team building activities as professionally designed and led programs created to enhance specific elements of team performance. These frequently happen during a meeting or conference. Sometimes this is a simple as team relationships, and sometimes it focuses on a specific skill of high performance teamwork such as communication, problem solving, leadership, brainstorming, or change. The key definer of a team building program is that it is on the shorter length (1-3 hours) and is highly interactive and experiential. The content and discussion is light and the activity dominates the session. Summit Team Building programs offer a variety of options to choose from. Some programs are indoors and some are out. Some are more physical and some are more cerebral. Some are rooted in deep learning and others are pure fun. Some have a philanthropic component and some do not. The options are many and the benefits...

Everest-The Movie Review

Well Everest has made it to Hollywood. Love it or hate it, Everest is on the big screen. I saw the movie in Imax 3D and as one who has been to the top of Everest thought I would share my thoughts of the film. First of all, I liked it. I would not say it was the best movie I have ever seen, but it was well done, realistic, and not unnecessarily dramatic. The movie shares the well-known story of the tragic events that took place on Everest on May 10th, 1996 when 8 climbers lost their lives. This is such a complex story that I wondered how they could tell it within a 2-hour movie and do it any justice. The answer is to focus on only a few of the participants on the ill-fated climb. Rob Hall and Scott Fischer feature heavily, as they should, as the head guides for Adventure Consultants and Mountain Madness respectively. As do Doug Hansen and Beck Weathers, two of the climbers on Rob Hall’s team. John Krakauer, Yasuka Namba, Andy Harris and others play a small part in the Hollywood story, but their connection to this tragedy cannot be simply forgotten about. As a climbing movie I felt the director did quite a good job regarding realism. So many Hollywood movies invent technology and events to make the story more dramatic. As the saying goes “never let the truth get in the way of a good story”. This story, however, needs no props to create drama. Although a non-climber may not understand all the nuances of high altitude climbing and...