A long-time resident of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, John Amatt has been leading expeditions to remote regions of the world for over 35 years, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks. Read More >
At the age of 20, Amatt spent two weeks sleeping on tiny ledges while making the first ever climb of Europe's highest and steepest mountain face – the 5,000-foot 'Vertical Mile' Troll Wall in Norway. An account of their adventure was written by Amatt’s climbing partner, Tony Howard; Troll Wall: The Untold Story of the British First Ascent of Europe’s Tallest Rock Face was published in 2011.
Amatt was the leader of an early climbing expedition to Western China, which used camels to approach a 24,757-foot mountain before skiing to the summit, this being perhaps the highest peak in the world to have been ascended and descended entirely on skis.
More recently, he was the principle organizer and a leader of Canada's first successful expedition to reach the top of the world—the 29,028-foot summit of Mount Everest—a climb that was televised live throughout Canada and on ABC's Nightline in the United States.
Building on these experiences, Amatt founded One Step Beyond WorldWide, an innovative educational and motivational company, the mission of which 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.
Amatt knows about tough times and the value of struggle in bringing out the best in teams of people. After all, he was a leader of an Everest team, which suffered four tragic deaths in two unpredictable accidents before putting six climbers on top of the world. His experience on Everest taught him about the danger of falling into the trap of complacency and the importance of always questioning the status quo in seeking new ways of succeeding in a rapidly changing world. He is the perfect speaker to assist your team in navigating through the turmoil of today’s global economic crisis.
He has delivered more than 1500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries – and has been called "The World's Best Adventure Speaker" by International Celebrity Management of Australia.
In his best-selling book, Straight to the Top and Beyond, Amatt uses the metaphor of his own adventures to develop a nine-step approach for scaling the heights in today's unpredictable global environments. Read Less ^