Building an effective team is, once again, largely the job of the leader in the sense that he or she initiates, drives and monitors the process.
Everest is climbed step by step and each person must take those steps on their own. Nobody can do this for you. However, it is the team that gives the individual the power to perform.
This team of climbers will trek to Everest base camp and then embark on a summit attempt on Island Peak. Amputations, burns, gunshot wounds and post traumatic stress disorder that they have endured in combat will add to the grueling challenges that they will face on the mountain.
Why is it that so many people in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iran (etc) have suddenly risen up in great numbers to protest decades of oppression? There has been some talk about the impact of social media like Facebook and Twitter being key in organizing many of these people and protests. Or had the situation reached it’s tipping point?
Climbing any big mountain always includes many unknowns. The team dynamics, the weather, the snow conditions and even the local culture, political climate and economy come into play. This is the excitement of exploration and adventure.
Thursday July 29 – Cheget to Moscow Last night Ryan, Paul, Todd, Humberto and I went out for drinks. Cheget has a very nice atmosphere and there are several restaurants and bars to choose from. My stomach was a little upset (something we have all dealt with at least a couple times on this trip) [...]
Wednesday July 28 – Cheget For our first morning back in Cheget we had planned a late breakfast to allow for a sleep in. My body was not interested in the sleep however and I was wide awake at 6:30am. I took my netbook computer to the lobby to check email and then went for [...]
Tuesday July 27 – Descent to Cheget After a decent sleep I woke just before 7am. I think I should have slept better considering the lack of sleep I was working on and the amount of energy I had expended, but I found it difficult to sleep last night. Todd and I played cards until [...]
Monday July 26 – Summit Day At 11am we stood on the top of Europe. It was a long and tiring climb, but fun and exciting. It was very busy in the hut which translated into a lot of noise, but I don’t sleep much before a summit climb anyway. I went to bed about [...]
July 25 – Diesel Hut Rest Day Today was a rest day in preparation for our summit attempt tomorrow. We slept in and had breakfast at 8:30am. Breakfast was a large pan omelet with sausage as well as the usual assortment of tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, and salami. Rest days can be long as there is [...]