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3rd Monday Event

The Tao of Everest - enhance your Personal Inspiration and Practical Leadership skills by Ian Woodall

Date: Monday, 20th February 2012
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


Triumph, tragedy, storms and summits. Embark on an emotional and uplifting storytelling experience to the top of the world (...twice!)
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 Ian returned to 8,600 metres on the north side of Everest to bury the woman he had been forced to leave behind. After wrapping her in the Stars & Stripes he slid her gently down the North Face to join her beloved 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 in a funny, poignant and inspirational story, showing how the insights gained on the mountain can enhance everyone’s Personal Inspiration and Practical Leadership skills.

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About the Presenter

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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