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Motivational Speaker: Rob Chang

Rob Chang, has been climbing since 1987 and is a professional mountain guide and public speaker in California. He has climbed in Peru, Argentina/Chile, Mexico, Canada and extensively in the United States, Alaska and has over 1500 days in the field. He has been on 5 expeditions to the Nepal Himalaya that include Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Imja Tse and Lobuche East and has over 180 + days above 16,000 feet. He enjoys all disciplines of climbing from frozen waterfalls, to the big walls in Yosemite, to the cozy confines of an indoor rock gym. Rob worked in the outdoor industry with over 10 years with Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI).


Rob founded Climbing For A Cure after his beloved sister, Marie, died of a rare form of cancer in 2001.  Rob Chang and his team have joined together to form the Everest Climbing For a Cure Expedition 2005 (ECFACE 2005) in an effort to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain in May of this year.  The four will also be joined by Everest legend Apa Sherpa as Expedition Sirdar. Apa is the world record holder of the most summits of Everest with 14.


“Climbing a mountain like Everest, takes a lot of team work and making the right small decisions for success in the long-run,” said Rob Chang. “Living a healthy life also takes team work and realizing that small decisions can influence one’s long-term health. That is the message we will carry to the top of the world.”


Robert Chang: Inspiring to Benefit Others….

“Life’s Expedition Experience”

Robert Chang is a mountaineer, rock climber, professional guide and inspirational speaker. He started climbing in 1987 and has ventured all over the globe. From climbing the big walls in Yosemite Valley, to peaks such as Mount Everest and Ama Dablam in the Himalaya - his climbing adventures have defined the core of what he calls “life’s expedition experience”.

Sometimes dubbed as one of the most “unintended climbers”, Robert’s multi-media presentation inspires audiences at all levels. From his very humble beginning – in which he confronted his fear of heights, dislike towards outdoor activities, to his new found role and its adjoining responsibilities as a guide, to climbing mountains at extreme altitude, the story of his journey transcends the difficulties that all people encounter in real life.

In 2001, Robert’s older sister, Marie, passed away from a rare form of cancer. He had spent many months before this life altering experience at her side in her home taking care of the difficult tasks of hospice. Upon her passing in which he was present, he learned the true meanings of the words: energy, commitment, courage, honor, life and death. Through this very touching and personal event, Robert integrates the deeper meanings of these concepts into the world of climbing – and brings out these themes of vision and spirit in his powerful presentations.

The expedition experience focuses on the concepts of perspectives, learning, assuming responsibility, the journey, and the outcome; all elements of climbing - which are clear metaphors on how we live and interact. The expedition experience on a mountain, is a vivid example of the processes in which we operate in our daily lives, whether at our jobs or in our personal lives. The expedition experience shows the importance of how we form perspectives, how we see ourselves in relation to others, and what motivates us to act. The deeper key to his inspiring talks is that Robert now climbs “to benefit others” .

He recently started Climbing For A Cure that promotes a message of hope, inspiration and call to action for individuals and businesses alike. He dedicates his climbing now to raise awareness to nationally recognized cancer organizations such as the Breast Cancer Fund.


The expedition experience is a real-life example of human challenge and our ability to overcome diversity in a difficult environment.

Areas of Focus:
Identifying and Confronting Fear
Recognizing Perspectives
Knowing Roles
Assuming Responsibility
The Value of Life
The Wisdom of Transition
Overcoming Diversity
Perseverance and Reward
Inaction and Motivation
Hope and Inspiration
Team and Community
Acting to Benefit Others
Mentoring for Sustainability
Living with the Outcome

Other more traditional points:
Improvised Planning
Organizational Skills and Planning
Individual and Team Communication, Commitment, Development
Mind/Core Integration

"In watching my sister fight this difficult disease like climbing a mountain, it dawned upon me that if I could continue my life with just one-percent of the energy and courage that she exhibited, I would have the spirit and vision to complete any mountain -- real or metaphysically - for the benefit of others.

I hope to share this valuable wisdom that is borne from my mountain climbing which prepares me for the challenges in my personal and business life.” - Robert Chang


Expedition Projects/Ascents Highlights

  • 2004 Denali Climbing For A Cure Expedition (2 Expeditions)

  • 2003 Lobuche East Imja Tse Expedition

  • 2002 American Monte Pissis Expedition

  • 2001 Imja Tse Memorial Expedtion

  • Inventa 2000 Everest Environmental Expedition

  • Peruvian 1999 American Ascents Expedition

  • 1997 Ama Dablam International Expedition

  • 1997 American Ama Dablam Expedition

  • 1993 Mexico Volcanoes Expedition

  • Yosemite Valley, El Capitan
    Yosemite Valley, Half Dome
    1500+ days climbing

  • 150+ days over 16,000 feet

Rob on the third pitch

of Cathedral Spire.

Media/Promotions Background
Featured Climber/Guide/Public Speaker
• CBS Talk Radio/News cast, Everest Peace Project
• BBC International - Trekking in Nepal
• “Beyond the Summit -The 2000 Everest Environmental Expedition”, narrated by Sharon Stone and viewed on OLN and National Geographic International
• PBS - Digital Turbulence, featured in Kids Tech Climbing
• The MountainZone Webcast, Ama Dablam
• CNN.com, Everest Cleanup
• EverestNews.com, Everest Cleanup
• San Jose Mercury Special Reports-Ama Dablam, Health and Fitness-How I Climb, Sports
Special-Stunt work in the Arena
• Glidecam, Goes to Everest 2000
• E-Magazine Everest Environmental Expedition
• ABC,11 KNTV, Yosemite Segment, Climbing Segment
• KTVU 2, Everest Segment
• Korean National Network, Everest Segment
• The Sun, Get A Grip Climbing Segment
• Santa Clara Weekly, No Mountain High Enough
• San Jose Magazine, Featured Ad - Everest 2000
• KGO Newstalk Radio, Everest Interview
• Cascade Designs Ad Campaign, featured in Rock and Ice, Climbing and Backpacker Magazines • Addison Wesely Publishers, Math Segment For Interactive Learning with wife of former 49ers coach, George Siefert
• Guest and Promotional Speaker for Alza, Arthur Andersen, Inventa, Gateway Computers, Verde Multimedia, Cisco, San Mateo-Santa Clara-Pacifica School Districts, California Retired Teachers Association, REI, The North Face, Marmot/Western Mountaineering, Neptune Mountaineering

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• 1998 NHL All-Star game, Play-Off games and regular season games - FOX Network, ABC and ESPN Networks
• NCAA Women’s Final Four Tournament
• Trained documentary crew of “Beyond the Summit”


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