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We are always attached to a greater place.  – Kent Lindemer

Stunning Presentations

– By Gerry Roach

 

Drawing from 40,000 images obtained over 50 years of mountaineering worldwide, Gerry has compiled several stunning and inspirational shows. His standard fee for a show is $2,000 plus expenses. Here is a list of shows currently available.

 

1. Beyond the Seven Summits

This world tour covers the traditional seven continent summits plus three additional region summits. The seven summits in order of appearance are:

  1. McKinley - highest in North America - 1963, 1990, 1991
  2. Kosciuszko - highest in Australia - 1968
  3. Kilimanjaro - highest in Africa - 1973, 2002
  4. Aconcagua - highest in South America - 1975, 1997
  5. Everest - highest in Asia - 1976, 1983, 1996
  6. Elbrus - highest in Europe - 1985
  7. Vinson - highest in Antarctica - 1985

The three additional peaks are:

  1. Carstenz Pyramid - Earth’s highest island summit - 1994
  2. Mont Blanc - highest in western Europe - 1973, 1988
  3. Kinabalu - highest in southeast Asia - 1993

 

2. Everest and the Corporate Challenge

Autopsies on thousands of failed companies have shown that the number one reason that companies fail is, “Lack of clarity.” You would expect a more business oriented reason like, “The sales team didn’t adhere to the AIDA model,” or, “Failure to achieve a sufficient Return on Equity,” or, “Ran out of cash.” But the reason is simply, “Lack of clarity.” On closer inspection, this usually traces back to a poor business plan.

The climbing metaphor in general, and Everest in particular is a great model because the goal is very clear - the summit. Of course, climbing a big mountain like Everest is not simple at all. Success depends on keeping an iron grip on the lofty goal while navigating the many challenges that surround the mountain. Every decision enroute is made with the goal in mind. The climber who approaches Everest with a maybe attitude will likely fail. That summit requires great clarity.

Next, Everest is a good model because of the synthesis required. First, there are the governments of Nepal or China, which are simply marketing a “service,” and they expect profit. Then, there are the Sherpas who expect not just profit, but fame as well. The western climbers just want fame. All three entities, with all their cultural differences and different goals, must work together, and that is best done with the summit clarity on the table at all times.

Further, Everest is a good model, because one must handle the unexpected. Gear can be lost, team members can become ill, irritable, or even die, and there is always the weather. While we can’t predict the exact weather on a given day, we can put in place a climbing/business plan that uses past statistics, probabilities, and patience. With everything “right,” there is still no guarantee of success. The many parallels with the corporate world are obvious.

My show traces my multiple climbs up Everest, and drops out of the climbing story when an event happens that relates to the business world. I switch modes to graphs, charts, and an analysis about how we handled the crisis. One discussion is about how to handle completely unexpected events. Contigencies for every concievable event can never be in the business plan, but margins should always be in place to absorb the unexpected, and margins can be in the business plan. Another discussion is on speed and efficiency, since it’s always needed. The climbing season on Everest is limited, and every business project has a deadline.

This show is also inspiring with stunning images of the majesty of Everest. I can tailor the show for a sales team, or group of executives.

 

3. Everybody’s Everest

This show is Everest and the Corporate Challenge (see above) tailored for personal goals.

 

4. Everest then and now

This in depth look at Everest covers my first trip to the mountain in 1976 with the successful American Bicentennial Everest Expedition, and my personal success on the 1983 Seven Summits Expedition. Finally, a trek to base camp in 1996 just prior to the disaster gave me another perspective.

 

5. Northern Heights

As the first person to have climbed North America’s 13 highest peaks, Gerry is uniquely qualified to present this in depth look at North America’s great peaks. The list of peaks and climbs by itself is impressive, but Gerry’s show goes beyond a simple chronicling of ascents. The theme for the show is, “It’s not the list, it’s the Love.” To demonstrate this, Gerry presents his climbs in the order that he did them, and the show has an autobiographical flair. The high northern peaks are difficult and dangerous enough that one man would not return to the northern heights this many times without developing a deep love for the place. This show gives the viewer a chance to participate in that development. You must see the show to discover what peak comes next in Gerry’s quest, and the answer will often surprise you. The list of peaks covered in order of height are,

  1. Mt Mckinley - Alaska - (N-S traverse)
  2. Mt Logan - Yukon
  3. Orizaba - Mexico
  4. Mt St Elias - Alaska/Yukon
  5. Popocatépetl - Mexico
  6. Mt Foraker - Alaska - (new route)
  7. Iztaccíhuatl - Mexico
  8. Mt Lucania - Yukon - (2nd ascent via a new route)
  9. King Peak - Yukon
  10. Mt Steele - Yukon - (3rd ascent via a new route)
  11. Mt Bona - Alaska
  12. Mt Blackburn - Alaska - (1st traverse - both summits)
  13. Mt Sanford - Alaska
  14. and as an encore, Mt Hunter - Alaska

 

6. The Biblical Mount Ararat

This recent look at Turkey’s cultural landmarks, Noah’s Ark National Park, and an ascent of Ararat is the perfect primer for your Ararat Adventure.

 

7. Earth High

This introspective rerun of Gerry’s incredible half century of mountaineering covers selections from all the above shows, plus many other nuggets.

 

Contact me by email at
or by snail mail at:

Gerry Roach
1317 S Mesa Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
USA

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