The Presentation: It is the
first week of May 1994 and you are on the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition.
Teammate Scott Fischer has just descended from the summit of Mount Everest to
Camp IV at 26,000 feet. Steve Goryl, the expedition leader, has just ascended
to Camp IV after taking a teammate down to Camp III. Scott advises Steve not
to attempt to summit alone, ending with the warning that if Steve attempts to
achieve the goal he has focused on for 2 1/2 years he will die.
During a two-hour multimedia
presentation, Steve Goryl and Wilford Welch will describe what it takes to
plan for a major expedition and then successfully climb the world's highest
mountains. They will explore with you what it takes to achieve individual,
group, and organizational goals while constantly reassessing risks, current
capabilities and potential strategies.
- How do individuals, teams
and organizations decide whether to move forward or retreat when the stakes
have been dramatically raised?
- What did Steve do under
these circumstances and why?
- How is high altitude
mountaineering similar to business planning?
- What factors caused this
1994 expedition to be so successful?
The 1994 Sagarmatha
Environmental Expedition set many precedents for environmentally conscious
expeditions on Mount Everest. The expedition removed over 5,000 pounds of
trash from the mountain and started the Bottle Recovery Incentive Plan that is
currently enforced by the government of Nepal. The American Alpine Club
awarded the team the David Brower Award for Environmental Action. Four of the
five team members attained the summit. For two hours you will be on Mount
Everest, during which we will share with you the stories of this historic
climb. The techniques you observe, will help you reach your own individual,
team, and organizational heights.
Wilford Welch - Wilford
Welch's depth of experience and overwhelming concern for humanity, are
evidenced by all he has done. With degrees from Yale, Harvard and the
University of California at Berkeley, he has already had six successful
careers: As a U.S. diplomat he played a significant role during the Nixon
administration in the early stages of the U.S. reconciliation with China. As
the first professor of international business management in the U.S. he was at
the forefront of how to develop successful business strategies and sound
operations around the world. As a business strategy consultant at Arthur D.
Little Inc., he worked for such global companies as Toyota, Citibank and Alcoa
to help them clarify their mission, goals and strategies. As president and
publisher of "The WorldPaper" he helped build a publication distributed in 27
countries and six language editions. Currently, as the head of the Emerging
Global Leaders Fellowship Program, he is helping educate the next generation
of leaders around the world in conflict resolution and peace building. And,
his formal training is as an attorney. Wilford has also relished opportunities
to explore the wild places of the earth. After leading a harrowing expedition
down a first descent of a river in Taiwan, he realized he needed formal
training in the skills of wilderness expeditioning. This led him to become a
student of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Realizing the value
of that wilderness education, he went on to become chairman of the board of
NOLS and helped shape its mission and strategies. He very quickly became
interested in mountaineering and particularly Mount Everest. In Tibet in 1988
he shot the cover photo of the National Geographic Society's climbing map of
Mount Everest. Wilford went on to be an essential support member of the
Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition in 1994, and is one of the few who has
traveled through the Khumbu icefall. Working now from a houseboat, he and his
wife Carole operate the Cross Cultural Journeys Foundation, an organization
dedicated to bringing concerned global citizens to some of the most remote
places on earth to explore cultures and indigenous wisdoms. One of their
current projects, "Quest for Global Healing", is a conference to be held in
Bali this December. This conference will bring together some of the world's
leading citizens, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu, to focus
on the need to build a more peaceful, sustainable world.
Steve Goryl - Steve is one
of the most experienced Outdoor Educators in the world. For 20 years he
was the lead instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
He taught over 120 NOLS courses for a total of over 440 weeks, an
extraordinary eight and a half years living, working and surviving in
wilderness environments. On these expeditions, he taught over 1,000
students how to achieve their objectives in wilderness and how to live
well with the earth. NOLS awarded him the title of "Master of Outdoor
Education" He is one of only six NOLS instructors to hold that title.
During 20 years of
professional mountaineering Steve has climbed the four highest of the
• Everest (29,035 feet), known by it's Nepali name Sagarmatha. Steve was
the leader of the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition in 1994.
• Aconcagua (22,834 feet), located in Argentina, he climbed this peak 5
times without oxygen in 1988 1989 and 1990.
• Denali (20,320 feet),also known as Mount McKinley, his first high
altitude climb with Wilford Welch in 1990.
• Kilimanjaro (19,334 feet), the highest point in Afica. Steve
celebrated his 50th with this summit in May 2004.
Steve is also a very accomplished ocean voyager. He is a S.C.U.B.A.
diver with over 300 open water dives and many years as a sailboat
captain. He sails annually off the coast of Maine in a 30 ft. Gulfstream
sloop. Steve and another NOLS instructor have sailed a 20 ft boat across
the Sea of Cortez. In addition, he has over 20 years of skydiving
experience, and has completed over 1,200 skydives, including 100 tandem
jumps with students attached to his chest. In August of 2003 he made a
skydive from 30,860 ft. (higher than Everest) which included a two
minute and 15 second free fall. He has also made several "para pente"
descents. In other words, Steve has learned to appreciate and to
instruct others in all three of our natural environments, land, sea and
air. He is a "world class adventurer".
For the last eight years Steve has worked as a systems administrator in
information technologies. He is an accomplished UNIX administrator,
specializing in SUN Solaris and network administration. He greatly
enjoys the science of the Internet.
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