Sports Teams and Expeditions
The Everest Expedition
In 2001 an accomplished mountain climber set out to achieve his life-long dream of conquering the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest.In addition to the treacherous terrain and unforgiving climate, this climber also faced a unique challenge: he was completely blind. He organized a team of 19 world-class climbers to help him achieve his objective. Along with all of their expertise, however, each individual brought into the expedition his own strong will and "big ego". Transforming this group of highly skilled individuals into a cohesive, functional team seemed nearly as challenging as reaching the 29,035 ft. summit of the mountain.
To make this happen Erik had the team made its Best Year Yet Team Plan, using the goal setting system. They aligned on the following Guidelines and then proceeded to make their one page plan together. Watch what happened!
- Trust one another's skills and knowledge
- Ask for our needs -- eliminate fear!
- Develop our plan and stick to it!
This expedition not only included the first blind climber, but also a climber, who at 64 years old, was the oldest man to ever reach the summit of Everest. Incredibly, all 19 members of the team made it to the top, making this expedition the most successful trek of Everest ever!
We were setting out on such an audacious expedition that I knew it would take a tightly run ship to make it work. We needed a focus and plan or we'd never make it. Using Best Year Yet together helped us do exactly that. The results we achieved were truly incredible.Erik Weihenmayer , First blind climber to scale Mount Everest
The expedition broke 5 world records at the time.