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Adventure | Inspiration | Motivation
At the age of 29, author, speaker and adventurer Alan Hobson set out to realize his greatest childhood dream. It took him 10 grueling expeditions to high altitude, three to Mt. Everest, and a decade of intense fundraising, training and organizational effort before he finally stood on top of the world. As he gazed out from the highest physical point on the planet, tears froze to his face. He could see the curvature of the Earth as the horizon bent in his peripheral vision at 29,035 feet.
Incredibly, an even greater challenge lay ahead. Three years after stepping down from the summit of Everest, Alan Hobson came face-to-face with "The Everest of Illnesses" when he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the blood and given less than a year to live. Using the hard-won lessons he learned through his many adventures worldwide, he chose to ignore solid medical evidence that there was an 85 per cent chance he would die, and thanks to raw courage and the miracles of modern medicine, he not only survived, but also thrived. He is now one of less than a dozen people to achieve an elite level of fitness after a blood cell transplant for acute leukemia and is considered officially medically cured.
The story of Mr. Hobson's life is a breathtaking portrait in passion, persistence and peak performance spanning four decades. He is an Everest climber, summiteer and cancer survivor, but an international bestselling author and inspirational figure who has appeared on many national television talk shows, including Oprah. His expeditions have required millions of dollars to finance, organize and execute, and they have stretched his leadership, team-building, sales, and communications skills even more than they have his physical self. Yet he has proven his ability to transform the apparently intangible benefits of high-stakes adventure into tangible results for his sponsors' and suppliers' bottom lines.
Alan Hobson's achievements go far beyond his ascent of Mt. Everest and his miraculous climb back from cancer. He is the international bestselling author of half a dozen books, a former nine-time All-American gymnast, marathon runner, hang glider pilot, white water kayaker, coldwater scuba diver, parachutist, journalist, and winner of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in News Writing. His latest passions include road and mountain biking in summer and extreme hiking in winter. He is a tough man for tough times--an expert at overcoming adversity, adapting to cataclysmic change, enduring hostile and life-threatening operating conditions and ultimately emerging triumphant.
Mr. Hobson's next expedition is the one he is currently on--to continue his miraculous climb back from cancer and help as many others as possible do the same. He has co-authored a landmark new book, Climb Back from Cancer - Introducing The 10 Tools of Triumph for Survivors and Caregivers. It chronicles the uplifting true story of his journey to and from the edge of life and death. It also pinpoints The 10 Tools of Triumph(TM) for survivors and caregivers--the key psychological skills needed to survive life-threatening illness and thrive beyond it. The book is the first in the proposed Climb Back from Cancer(TM) Collection.
Alan Hobson's pioneering philosophy permeates much of his life. In his speaking, he mesmerizes audiences with his personally researched, custom-built presentations. His exhaustive five-step preparatory process results in every presentation being a one-of-a-kind program that has unparalleled organizational and individual impact and applicability. This extraordinary personal technique is unsurpassed by any other presenter and has earned him the distinction of being The Best Adventure Speaker in the World. He is the best in the world at linking his life adventures with those of his audiences.
Alan Hobson lives in his favorite playground, the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta, north of Montana. They provide him with priceless solitude, sanctuary and rejuvenation. He was born to help others see the world from a refreshing new perspective--one above the clouds of fear and doubt where hope, strength and courage emerge triumphantly from within each of us.
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