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  EverestHistory.com: Sharon Wood: The First North American Woman to Summit Mount Everest


Canadian Sharon Wood became the first North American woman to Summit Mount Everest and climbed the new route of the west Shoulder from the Rongbuk Glacier and continued on to the Summit via the Hornbein Couloir.

Sharon was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia but grew up in Vancouver. She starting her career as a climbing instructor and guide. Then she turned to climbing peaks having success on Denali in 1983. In 1984 she attempted Makalu, coming up a few hundred meters short of the summit. After the Makalu, attempt she summited Aconcagua and several other mountains in South American. But her career will always be known for May 20, 1986 when she reached the Summit of Everest by climbing the new route of the west Shoulder from the Rongbuk Glacier and continued on to the Summit via the Hornbein Couloir reaching the summit at 9pm. She descended in the dark!

Everest: To the Summit and Beyond

Sharon Wood teaches, entertains and inspires with her personal story about reaching the top of Mount Everest. It is a story about a small team that shared a bold vision to climb the highest mountain in the world; by a more difficult route, with fewer physical and financial resources, and in better style.

Sharon's style is personal and moving. She uses powerful anecdotes and vivid analogies to convey the real-life obstacles and possibilities of achievement.

Sharon effectively conveys both the individual and the team perspective. She emphasizes the importance of her own passion while striving to realize her personal aspirations. As well, she talks of her essential role as a member of a team committed to levering every component of their strategy to realize their vision.

To the Summit and Beyond is more than just an adventure story it is a timeless, universal story about human struggle and conquest against all odds. Sharonıs authentic and honest approach evokes listeners to consider their own stories while examining the critical elements that contribute to and define personal and team success.

Stunning 35mm slides or PowerPoint images and video taken live from the highest mountain in the world support her presentation.

Sharon's story illustrates these concepts and more:

Committing to a shared vision
Accomplishing more with less
Thriving through change and adversity
Looking beyond the boundaries of expertise for creative solutions
Maintaining the momentum
Believing "Better is possible"
Firing on all cylinders
Identifying the real obstacles
Expanding horizons of perceived opportunities and resources
Embracing the value of diversity and conflict
Being and living our potential
Performing over conforming
Recognizing, giving and taking support
Valuing power of passion and curiosity.
Embracing leadership

Take a Risk, Live Life!

Risk is a factor tied to much of what we do. Risk is often the deterrent to acting on what we need to do to live a more fulfilling life. Sharon espouses the value of selective risk taking as a means to experiencing our greater potential. Anticipation of loss, fear and anxiety are feelings most often associated with risk. Sharon
conveys the strategies and essential components she has used to push through her fears and barriers. She speaks to preparation, a clear vision, intention and desire as being essential components to minimizing and calculating a risk. Most importantly she speaks to rewards of being a risk taker and winning in life.

Founder and Chairperson of a private school in her community, President of her own company Adventure Dynamics Inc, first North American woman to summit Mount Everest, a professional mountaineer and a mother of two sons; Sharon is leading a life rich with risk, challenge and change.

Through humor, passion and self-disclosure Sharon describes the elements of risk in a variety of endeavors. She draws from her personal experience in public speaking, implementing community and team projects, and climbing the highest mountain in the world to explore the balance of losses and gains in risk taking.

For more information on Sharon as a speaker contact

 

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