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
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
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
Sharon's story illustrates these concepts and
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.
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
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
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.
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