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For over 30 years, John Amatt led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of Arctic Canada on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks. At the age of 20, John spent two weeks lashed to minute ledges while making the first-ever ascent of Europe's highest and steepest mountain precipice - the 5,000 foot "Vertical Mile" Troll Wall in Norway. Later in 1981, he was the leader of an early mountaineering expedition to Western China, which made a lightweight ascent of 24,757 foot Mount Muztagata - the highest peak in the world to have been ascended and descended entirely on skis.
More recently, John fulfilled a lifelong dream by organizing and taking part in Canada's first successful expedition to reach the top of the world - the 29,028 foot summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.
An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.
John's best-selling book, One Step Beyond: Rediscovering the Adventure Attitude, articulates his belief that humankind must apply the spirit of adventure to the challenges of daily life if we are to cope with rapid change and convert it to our own advantage. In his latest book, Straight to the Top and Beyond, he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine-step approach for scaling the heights in today's unpredictable global environments.
Straight to the Top and Beyond: Nine Keys for Meeting The Challenge of Changing Times
No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with Adventure Attitude
Climbing Your Own Everest: What It Takes To Get To the Top
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