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Alan Hobson
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The story of Alan Hobson's life is a breathtaking portrait in passion, persistence and peak performance spanning four decades. He not only reached the top of Mt. Everest on his third expedition only to face the inner Everest of cancer, but he is also the international bestselling author of half a dozen books and has appeared on many national television talk shows, including Oprah.

A former nine-time All-American gymnast, marathon runner, hang glider pilot, white water kayaker, cold water scuba diver, parachutist, journalist and winner of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in News Writing, Alan's latest passions include road and mountain biking in summer and extreme hiking in winter. His next expedition is the one he is currently on - to continue his inspirational climb back from cancer and help as many others as possible do the same. He has co-authored Climb Back from Cancer - Introducing The 10 Tools of Triumph for Survivors and Caregivers, which is fast-becoming a landmark in cancer recovery. 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™ for survivors and caregivers -- the key psychological skills needed to survive life-threatening illness and thrive beyond it.

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Since being officially declared medically cured and returning to an elite level of fitness, he has co-founded The Climb Back from Cancer Foundation and co-created of The Climb Back from Cancer Protocol™ of mild individualized cardiovascular activity. It is showing tremendous promise in potentially helping North America's some 11 million cancer survivors overcome their biggest single challenge - chronic fatigue. The protocol, which is based on his own climb back from cancer, has achieved results unprecedented in the history of cancer recovery research for survivors of bone marrow and blood cell transplants -- those who usually suffer the most debilitating levels of chronic fatigue. The next step, which is already underway, is to continue to prove the protocol's effectiveness in re-energizing survivors of other types of cancer. The result could positively affect the lives of an incalculable number of survivors worldwide.

Alan 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.

Alan never delivers the same speech twice. He conducts extensive personal interviews and in-depth research to determine each client's unique needs. He seamlessly weaves the results of his study into his presentation and combines them with the most relevant topics and themes from his experience. The result is a one-of-a-kind program with unparalleled impact and applicability. Each presentation gives his audience members the invaluable tools they need to triumph.

  • The Triumph of Tenacity - It happens to everyone. You establish a goal, but fall short of achieving it. You try again, but a competing priority suddenly requires you to shift your focus, or your resources. Then, you finally succeed, only to be blindsided by the unexpected. Alan Hobson faced all of these situations while climbing Mt. Everest and confronting life-threatening illness. In his spellbinding custom-built presentations, he draws invaluable connections between his challenges and the similar obstacles we all face in our personal and professional lives and synthesizes from his experiences the priceless lessons from which we all can benefit.

  • Bouncing Back from Setbacks - After more than a decade of preparation, Alan Hobson's first expedition to Mt. Everest missed the summit by 3,000 feet when his team's high camp was blasted off the mountain by hurricane-force winds. Instead of giving up on his goal, he used his hard-won lessons to begin again more intelligently. Alan inspires audiences to learn from setbacks and come away with smarter solutions for achieving their objectives.

  • Adapt to the Unexpected - Hobson's second Everest attempt missed the summit by just two city blocks when the expedition's lead climber came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness. Alan's team worked for 33 continuous hours and saved the man's life, but it meant postponing their goal. Discouraged, but not defeated, he walked away again with another set of precious lessons and started over with renewed determination. With today's tough choices and competing priorities, instant adaptability is crucial to success. Alan shows audiences how to rise to the challenge of change and effectively re-prioritize without losing sight of their goals.

  • Executing with Excellence - After almost two decades of preparation, an experienced Alan Hobson finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest during his third expedition. It was a true triumph of tenacity. Alan shows audiences that, even when times are hard, if we remain focused on executional excellence and continuous improvement, we can achieve our goals. His powerful personal example resonates on an individual and organizational level.

  • Overcome Unexpected Obstacles - Three years after Everest, Alan faced his biggest mountain. Diagnosed with acute leukemia (an aggressive cancer of the blood) and given less than a year to live, once again, he never gave up. Today, he is one of less than a dozen people to achieve an elite level of fitness after a blood cell transplant to eradicate the disease and he is officially medically cured. In today's environment of uncertainty, Alan's messages are more important than ever. He offers practical steps for managing the unexpected, as well as those challenges we can more easily predict, and his hard-won wisdom has real world relevance, applicability and power.


Climb Back from Cancer From Everest to Enlightenment Above All Else One Step Beyond
Climb Back from Cancer: A Survivor and Caregiver's Inspirational Journey From Everest to Enlightenment: An Adventure of the Soul Above All Else: The Everest Dream (Previously published as The Power of Passion: Achieve Your Own Everests) One Step Beyond: Rediscovering the Adventure Attitude

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