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On October 5th, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest.
Since then, Laurie Skreslet has recognized the parallel between climbing the mountain and the challenges people face daily in the business community. By sharing these similarities with 2000 organizations, he has become an expert motivational speaker and touched the lives of more than 500,000 people.
But Mr. Skreslet hasn't retired from climbing. Over the years he has participated in more than 30 world-class expeditions into the Canadian Rockies, Nepal, South America and India. And he continues to operate his Business Leadership and Challenge Courses in the Canadian Rockies.
Laurie Skreslet has written a bestselling book To the Top of Everest. It was nominated in two categories, the Children's Choice Award and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award in 2004. It has also been added to the Children's Literature Choice List.
2007 marks the 25th Anniversary of Mr. Skreslet's successful summit of Mount Everest. To celebrate this achievement, CBC-TV has commissioned the production of a two-part television drama, recreating the events of the climb. It was be entitled "The First Canadian to Climb Mount Everest Expedition." The 2nd part of this drama was filmed in June 2006 on Mount Everest.
Laurie Skreslet has been a professional mountaineer for over 3 decades with extensive experience in the North American Rockies, South American Andes and Asian Himalayas. His expertise spans technical ice climbing, rock climbing, alpine and high altitude mountaineering. He is a Certified ACMG Guide (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides), with over 32 high altitude expeditions to his credit. He has also been an instructor at the Colorado and Canadian Outward Bound Mountain Schools, teaching over 45 courses. He has led 21-guided trips to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and one of the Seven Summits.
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