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Chris Bonington

Mountaineer, Writer and Photographer
Country: UK

Chris, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. Keynote speaker Chris Bonington is a highly successful expedition leader with an established reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker. He uses the superbly illustrated story of his two major expeditions to Everest as a case study that is linked and tailored to the needs of the client.

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A Mountaineer, Writer, Photographer and Professional Speaker

Chris Bonington is one of the most successful expedition leaders in the history of mountaineering and has established a reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker. He uses the superbly illustrated story of his two major expeditions to Everest as a case study that is linked and tailored to the needs of the client.

He has spoken to companies and organisations around the world and is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield School of Management. He was honoured with the Founder’s Medal of The Royal Geographical Society in 1974, the CBE in 1976 and a Knighthood in 1996. He has held many honorary appointments and currently is President of the British Orienteering Federation and LEPRA (The British Leprosy Charity), Honoury President of Mountain Wilderness, a Trustee of Outward Bound, Chairman of its Risk Management Committee, Chancellor Designate of Lancaster University, Chancellor Designate 2005 onwards and Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria 2004 onwards. He is also Chairman of Berghaus, Britain’s leading Outdoor manufacturer.nHe has presented many television programmes including the award winning “Everest Years”, “Lakeland Rock” and “The Climbers” and has written fourteen much acclaimed books, all of which have been bestsellers.

In 1970 he led the expedition that made the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna and in 1975 achieved another first on Everest – the Hard Way, up its huge South West Face. Four strong expeditions had tried and failed.  He reached the summit of Everest in 1985 at the age of fifty but the challenges that now attract him are the few exciting unclimbed peaks that are left in the World’s further ranges.

    Keynote by Speaker Chris Bonington 

    Peak of Achievement

    Reaching the highest point on earth requires teamwork of the highest level. Chris Bonington describes his own personal success in at last reaching the summit of Everest in 1985 at the age of 50, as a member of the Norwegian Everest Expedition. The expedition placed eighteen climbers and Sherpas on the summit in three separate ascents, a record for a single expedition. This was possible because of superb planning and organisation, but most of all, because of the quality of teamwork amongst expedition members. A program illustrating:

    • Identifying the Vision
    • The importance of planning
    • The principles of effective leadership
    • Caring
    • Empowering
    • Consulting
    • Decisiveness
    • Team building

     

    Keynote by Speaker Chris Bonington 

    Climb Everest’s South West Face

    The participants will join him on the first 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 arguably the most daunting challenge in the history of climbing – Everest the Hard Way. Five strong expeditions had already tried and failed. He will first take participants through the planning process and then on to the climb itself, setting the scene, giving all the relevant information but then asking the delegates for their solutions to the problems involved. The topics examined are ones of leadership and group dynamics 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 his story of the expedition. In the course of the discussion he brings the participants back to their own workday challenges and encourages them to compare these with the issues that we explore on the mountain. A program illustrating:

    • Bonington’s management style:
    • Visionary Leadership
    • Empowerment
    • Synergy in Teamwork
    • Planning and Organisation
    • Determination and Perseverance
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