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  1. 1. CONTENTS • 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
  2. 2. HIGH MOUNTAIN TREKKING • High mountain environment starting at 4,000 MASL (meters above sea level) and contending with: • 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.
  3. 3. 1 La Malinche (4,461 MASL)
  4. 4. La Malinche (4,461 MASL)
  5. 5. Acclimatizing at base camp (myself in grey) – La Malinche, Mexico, 2010
  6. 6. Sunrise, La Malinche, Mexico, 2010
  7. 7. The view, La Malinche, Mexico, 2010
  8. 8. Summit (myself in green). La Malinche, Mexico, 2010
  9. 9. 1 Izaccihuatl (5,282 MASL): The Sleeping Lady
  10. 10. Izaccihuatl (5,282 MASL): The Sleeping Lady
  11. 11. Iztaccihuatl from La Malinche The Head The Breast (Summit) The Feet The Knees The Sleeping Lady
  12. 12. A younger me with long hair at the „feet“ of Iztaccihuatl aka the Sleeping Lady. My dad in red. Izaccihuatl, 2004
  13. 13. Same location years later, 2011
  14. 14. Glacier before the summit (the Belly), 2012
  15. 15. View of active volcano Popocatepetl from the „Knees“, 2012
  16. 16. 1 Nevado de Toluca (4,564 MASL)
  17. 17. Nevado de Toluca (4,564 MASL)
  18. 18. Leading the way, Nevado de Toluca, 2012 „El Sol“ Lagoon @4,300 MASL, 2012
  19. 19. Summit, Nevado de Toluca, 2012
  20. 20. 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!
  21. 21. #TOUGHDECISIONS: MANAGING #UNCERTAINTY AND #CHANGE • 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 English. • 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 & #MATUREDECISIONS •