• 1. What is High Mountain Trekking?
• 2. Different mountains in Mexico I have climbed
• 3. Reaching the summit: project management and leadership behaviours
• 4. #Toughdecisions: Managing #Uncertainty and #Change
HIGH MOUNTAIN TREKKING
• High mountain environment starting at 4,000 MASL (meters above sea level) and
• Decreased amount of oxygen
• Extreme temperatures and wind
• Decreased air pressure
• Trekking in high mountains:
• Team activity
• Breathtaking views from high altitude
• Being where only a few have been
• High performance physical training required at 4000 MASL and higher
Ascending a mountain for 4 hours requires the same amount of energy as running
a marathon in that time.
REACHING THE SUMMIT: PROJECT
MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOURS
Project Management High Mountain Trekking #LeadershipBehaviours
1.Project Initiation Set target to climb a new mountain #Strategy #Target #newChallenge
2. Planning and Designing Choose climbing partners #Team
Define team member activities #Weaknesses #Strengths
Map out the route, identify the climbing path #Assess
Plan milestones (camping sites, breaks) #Plan #Measure #What'sAchievable
Define timings to completion #Timings
3. Project Construction Acquire necessary equipment #RightTools
Start high performance training #Practice
Initial trip to the mountain to scope it out #Observe
Climb step by step between milestones #Clarity
Potential redesigning of route #Improvement
4. Execution Arrival to base camp and gear up #StartUp
LET'S GO!! #Execute
Acclimatize at different stages of the path #HardWork
On going risk assessment of summit viability #RiskAssessment
Team assessments and continous motivation #PushHarder #Motivate
Climb to the summit or concede defeat #MatureDecisions
5. Monitoring and Controlling Systems Analyse successful or failed attempt #Analyse
Learn from mistakes and improve #FindSolutions #Grow
Execute again if needed #ContinuousImprovement
6. Project Completion Reach the summit and come back safely #DeliverTheBest #SUMMIT!
#TOUGHDECISIONS: MANAGING #UNCERTAINTY
• In February 2012 we set out to conquer the Iztaccihuatl, after 3 months of intensive
training and several trips beforehand to get a feel for the territory.
• We started climbing at 2:00 am from camp „La Joya“ with the intention of reaching the
summit at around 2:00 pm
• At 1:00 pm the summit was in our view. All of a sudden, the climate started to
#change for the worse. With an increasing storm #risk we decided to go back.
• The videos explain it better, both of them captioned from the original Spanish to
• 1. In the first video, at almost 1:00pm, I appear explaining that we will climb one more
hour, reach the summit and head back#UNCERTAINTY
• 2. 20 minutes later, with storm clouds engulfing us, we decided to turn back, only 100m
away from the summit. The wind makes the words hard to understand #CHANGE &
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