The participants will join Bonington on the ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975. It was the largest and most complex expedition ever to leave Britain, tackling what is one of the most daunting challenges in the history of climbing – Everest the Hard Way.
Five strong expeditions had already tried and failed.
He first takes them through the planning process and then on to the climb itself, setting the scene, giving all the relevant information but then asking the participants for their solutions to the problems involved.
The questions examined are ones of leadership, dealing with the inter reaction of the team rather than climbing tactics.
This approach enables the entire group to participate in the climb, exploring different ways to deal with issues as they occur in the course of the story. Its strength is its participatory nature and it has worked very effectively in numerous seminars. In the course of the discussion he brings the participants back to their own work day challenges and encourages them to compare these with the issues explored on the mountain.
Because the presentation is interactive, the participants not only absorb more of the lessons, but having helped to form them, take on greater ownership of the leadership and team building principles brought out by the story.
Length of presentation: This workshop needs about three hours – a morning or afternoon