the Everest Light Expedition Accomplished:
First North American Woman to reach the Summit of Mt. Everest (Sharon
First Woman to reach the summit by a New Route
carried all their own loads (no load carriers or Sherpa porters on
everyone back alive - no loss of life.
a successful rescue to find an American climber lost in a storm.
impossible odds to reach the summit (route had a 17% chance of success).
pioneered a lighter style of climbing leaving less impact on the environment.
the team arrived back from their history-making expedition they began
telling the story to audiences around the world. Since that remarkable
achievement more than 100,000 people have been personally touched and
inspired by these climber's experiences and accomplishments.
next challenge for the team was to discover a way to move people from
passive observers to participants in the adventure; from hearing a first
person account to gaining first-hand experience. Leading this new venture
was Jim Elzinga leader of the expedition and Mark Jenkins the team's
storytelling coach who was then President of Face to Face Communications,
a corporate training and multimedia company. They joined up with Tim
Dixon, a experiential program designer and facilitator who is now a
principal of InCourage, a experiential learning company.
Jim, Mark and Tim along with a diverse team of developers and designers
began to build a revolutionary program for immersing participants in
a true-to-life adventure. Together they created TeamEverest, an indoor
adventure program in which there are no physical risks, no footprints
left on the mountain. Yet an adventure, which in the spirit of true
adventure presents participants with the toughest challenges Everest
can offer and demands nothing less than the best the human spirit can
Continue on to the TeamEverest Experience