The Tao of Everest

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Start Date: 09 Oct 2014

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:30 PM

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 50

Venue: MMU Business School, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH › View map

Admission price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

As the first rays of dawn crept across the Tibetan plateau Ian Woodall stepped on to the summit of Mount Everest and into history, one of a select few to have climbed the world’s highest mountain by both its south and north sides.

During his first ascent from the south Ian’s team were trapped at 8 000 metres in the worst storm in Everest history which claimed the lives of five fellow climbers. After the trauma and tragedy of the storm Ian and his team nevertheless chose to try again, finally reaching the summit as the only ones left on the mountain.

Two years later while attempting the north side of Everest Ian stopped only a few hundred metres below the summit to try and help a dying American climber. The woman’s first words were, Don’t leave me’. Yet ultimately Ian had to leave her to secure the safety of his own team.

Nine years later, in May 2007, Ian returned to 8 500 metres on Everest to bury the woman he had been forced to leave behind. After wrapping her in the American flag he slid her gently down the North Face to join her husband lying somewhere below.

Now, using the power of emotional storytelling, Ian brings the triumphs and tragedies of climbing Mount Everest directly to his audience, showing how the insights gained on the mountain can enhance the following Personal Inspiration and Practical Leadership skills:

Concentrate on Can-Dos: Taking ownership of the problem - sometimes we may not be the best person for the job, but we may be the only person for the job.

Make Mandela Moments: Reaching out and recognizing the efforts of others.

Invest In Integrity: Personal integrity is the basis of all leadership - Integrity is what we do when no one else is watching.

Ian Woodall Biography

Ian was born in England, but then spent twenty-two years in South Africa, before returning to the UK. Between 1996 and 2007 Ian conceived, planned and led five expeditions to Mount Everest, reaching the summit on two occasions.

Before embarking on his Everest expeditions Ian worked as a school teacher, an internal auditor, a restaurant owner & head chef, as well as serving as an officer in the British Army.



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