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Everest Summit

Today, May 16, 2002, at 10:20 a.m. Phil and I stood on the Top of the World Together! 29,035’ above sea-level on the summit of Mount Everest. What’s next?

How Teamwork Helped Us Survive a Windstorm on Everest

You can endure extreme environments when you have a team you trust. In this video, you’ll see me at Camp 2 on Mount Everest, bunkered down with extreme wind blowing down the mountain and all around us.

This is an excerpt from the book that I wrote with my husband Phil, Together on Top of the World.

“Camp 2 is advanced base camp, so a lot of tents were set up there: a cook tent, a storage tent, tents for guides and Sherpas, a tent for me and Sue…We were just settling into our own tent…

The next morning, despite the forecast, we woke up to good weather… then, fierce wind higher up had made it impossible to climb. With this second warning, we took down the tents of climbers who were not currently at Camp 2 and put additional guy lines on all the others. I took some comfort from the fact that there were a lot of us in camp to tie things down if the wind turned out to be stronger than we expected. In early afternoon it began to blow. Sue and I hung out in our sleeping bags and talked and read. By mid-afternoon it was getting hard to hear each other over the wind. It must have been blowing at around at 60 mph. Fierce wind storms are common in the mountains but are usually short-lived, so I was surprised, as the day wore on, to feel the wind increase. In late afternoon I poked my head out the tent door. About twenty feet away our two dome tents—the cook tent and storage tent—were straining against their ties. There was no way they would make it if we didn’t fight the wind together to reinforce the guy lines.

Through the night the wind howled. Over and over we were awakened by the tent wall slapping our faces and pumice and ice battering the walls. When light came, the wind was as fierce as ever. The cook tent went down and we knew if the storage tent went, our expedition would be in a world of hurt.

Finally, around two in the afternoon the wind began to calm. When it was clear that the worst was over, I went outside to inspect the damage. Remarkably, the cook tent was the only one damaged. One of the Sherpas suggested that we use blue tarps to cover the ripped sections and we radioed Eric at base camp to send some up. Then we congratulated ourselves on our teamwork. It was only because everyone had pitched in that we hadn’t suffered potentially expedition-ending damage.”

Top of the Yellow Band

Here’s a special but challenging memory at the top of the Yellow Band, 25,000 feet, on Mt. Everest our first year. The Jet-Stream winds set in on our way up to the death zone.

Perseverance In the Face of Obstacles on Mount Everest

Perseverance is like a muscle that becomes stronger with exercise and practice. It’s a habit that enables you to approach every personal or professional challenge with focus and determination. We believe that perseverance is the key to a successful and rewarding life.”

In this video, Phil narrates as I climb up the ice flow—it was a much tougher session that we’d anticipated because of a collapse at the top. Tough or not, there was only one thing to do. Keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, take lots of little breaks, and keep moving toward my goal. 

“Perseverance is the singular quality that Everest summiteers and professional leaders have in common. They both recognize that pain is temporary. They persevere through thick and thin because they have an inner beacon of confidence to draw upon when the going gets tough. They also choose their teams with care. As Sue’s husband, Phil, often said, “Surround yourself with people who won’t let you quit.”

This is an excerpt from Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales: http://amzn.to/1QjlY9G

Seven Summits Equipment Check: Hiking Boots

I am passionate about inspiring others to chase their personal and professional dreams. The best day of my life was the day I stood on top of Mount Everest, and I want to help every single person that I come in contact with get that feeling!

There are so many parallels between a successful climb and a successful career! With both, you need a thorough EQUIPMENT CHECK.

This is my “Seven Summits Equipment Check” Series — click through all the posts in the series and make sure you are totally prepared to reach new heights!

Hiking Boots: A sturdy item of footwear covering the foot, ankle and below the knee.

Just like hiking boots are essential to any climb, so is your own confidence in your business. Your success will suffer if you don’t first believe in yourself and your product/service.

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Seven Summits Equipment Check: Gloves

I am passionate about inspiring others to chase their personal and professional dreams. The best day of my life was the day I stood on top of Mount Everest, and I want to help every single person that I come in contact with get that feeling!

There are so many parallels between a successful climb and a successful career! With both, you need a thorough EQUIPMENT CHECK.

This is my “Seven Summits Equipment Check” Series — click through all the posts in the series and make sure you are totally prepared to reach new heights!

Glove: Covering for the hand worn for protection against the cold.

Cover yourself and your business with clients who are genuine and make it a point to care a great deal about your business success.

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Seven Summits Equipment Check: Portaledge

If you know me, you know how passionate I am about inspiring others to chase their personal and professional dreams. The best day of my life was the day I stood on top of Mount Everest, and I want to help every single person that I come in contact with get that feeling!

There are so many parallels between a successful climb and a successful career! With both, you need a thorough EQUIPMENT CHECK.

This is my “Seven Summits Equipment Check” Series — click through all the posts in the series and make sure you are totally prepared to reach new heights!

Portaledge: Deployable hanging tent system designed for rock climbers.

Sometimes running a business can feel like sleeping in a tent on the side of a cliff, one wrong move and there is no turning back. It doesn’t have to feel like that! Ground yourself with a good business plan, surround yourself with a good team and your business will continue to scale the mountain.

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Seven Summits Equipment Check: Rope Grab

If you know me, you know how passionate I am about inspiring others to chase their personal and professional dreams. The best day of my life was the day I stood on top of Mount Everest, and I want to help every single person that I come in contact with get that feeling!

There are so many parallels between a successful climb and a successful career! With both, you need a thorough EQUIPMENT CHECK.

This is my “Seven Summits Equipment Check” Series — click through all the posts in the series and make sure you are totally prepared to reach new heights!

Rope Grab: Moves easily up and down vertical lifelines to provide continuous fall protection. 

In business, your product and/or services can be your most important asset. Protect your product and services with your sales team, they hold the key to success or failure.

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Seven Summits Equipment Check: Headlamp

If you know me, you know how passionate I am about inspiring others to chase their personal and professional dreams. The best day of my life was the day I stood on top of Mount Everest, and I want to help every single person that I come in contact with get that feeling!

There are so many parallels between a successful climb and a successful career! With both, you need a thorough EQUIPMENT CHECK.

This is my “Seven Summits Equipment Check” Series — click through all the posts in the series and make sure you are totally prepared to reach new heights!

Headlamp: light giving device worn on the head or helmet.

In business, keep your mind open to new ideas from people on your team, you never know when they will shine a light on a problem in a way you never thought of before.

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