Who are our hereos? Wait for it...

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

A funny look at the kinds of heroes in our lives. We have:

  • Iconic Heroes - Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa.
  • Situational Heroes - Sully
  • Societal Heroes - First Responders and Teachers
  • Sports Heroes - Serena Williams and Wayne Gretzky

One minute clip from AMBITION 2016

 

 

Heroes Climb is a new motivational keynote speech on the qualities of EVERYDAY HEROES. Qualities like fearlessness, selflessness, compassion, humilty and persistence. Go to Heroes Climb Keynote for a quick peak at Vince's new inspirational speech on what we can do to become heroes in other people's lives.

Tags: Motivational, Inspirational

The Meaning of It All - HeroesClimb - Day 11

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

We cannot help but become giddy alongside our two dozen guides and porters. The combination of lower altitudes (more oxygen) and the final day (a shower and a real bed) awaits this final, long, ten-hour day of hiking.

The bond we share makes us brothers and sisters. Erased are the astounding differences in our cultures and the separation of homes 10,000 miles apart. Everything we have known is different, yet we are the same. We are brought together by the Great Himalayan National Park and the Heroes Climb.

Before we say our final goodbyes, we will celebrate with a ceremony befitting of the bond we shared. We struggled past adversity while breathing in pristine air in a poetic setting. By day we gazed across rolling hills sliced open with jagged towers of rock piercing the blue sky. By night, the stars revealed the infinite distance between us and the meaning of it all: profoundly significant and simple at the same time.

The moment is what matters. The climb is what takes us through to the next moment. We are all brothers and sisters defining what it takes to be a hero to those we love.

We ventured into this expedition to learn about ourselves. To test our resolve through climbing past the challenges we face. The journey within becomes the most courageous mission of all. We are not heroes. We simply climb towards awareness.

We climbed for the heroes among us, for those we’ve lost and especially, for the heroes we are honored to grace us in the future.

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Tags: Goals, Self Development, Inspirational

Who's the Boss? - HeroesClimb - Day 10

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our passage out of Dwada valley requires we climb a strenuous, 15,200 foot pass. Phangchi Galu Pass stands between us and our final destination. This wall of snow and rock is as if the Himalayas wanted a stark reminder of who’s the boss.

One of the amazing parts of an expedition in this area are our porters. Only in Nepal will you find Sherpas. But here in the Indian side of this gargantuan mountain range, the tradition of Indian porters stretches back 100’s of years. More recently, the British influence in India has tea and biscuits infused into the trekking culture. But don’t let the fine tradition over shadow the truly astounding strength and stamina of our local workforce.

They ensure our camp is ready when we arrive. This means they have broken camp after we leave in the morning, pass us while smiling and chattering in Hindi; all this while carrying loads between 50 and 90 pounds. Not only does Phangchi Galu Pass humble us, so does the extraordinary good nature of the Himachal Pradesh people.

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Tags: Team Building, Inspirational

Success is Returning Safely - HeroesClimb - Day 9

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

When people learn you've competed in the Olympic Games the number one question is either "Did you win?" or the more gracious "How did you do?" (which is a veiled version of "Did you win?"). Mountain climbers face a similar question.

As we return back through both advance base camp and base camp toward Dwada valley, we have a question waiting for us. "Did you summit?" (or, Did you fall short?)  At the time of writing this blog post, I am only reporting what we have planned. 

The pictures were taken by our recce (recconaissance) team in May. The actual photos and account of our summit attempt will reveal the truth of a moment in time. But the human experience is far more than a moment. The HeroesClimb was designed to provide a experience for 10 people dedicated to thousands of moments strung together in a remote part of the world. 

We will most certainly reflect on what it takes to climb in life. The obvious metaphors of ups and downs will couple with insights on what it takes to approach and reconcile goals in life. 

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Because we were limited in the peaks we could name, we named sections of our path to the other HeroesClimb finalists. (You may have heard of Hillary Step on Everest. This is the same idea.) We will name appropriate sections after:

  • Hanna France - a force of resilience and joy.
  • Doreen Levin - breast cancer warrior, admired by all.
  • Michael DeMaio - the strength of his character lives in the memory of loved ones.
  • Chad Hymas - a broken neck hasn't held him back from extraordinary heights.
  • Stacy Kimmel - who's words "I love you" echo from his heart.
  • Art Berg - his broken body may be gone but his legacy touches millions.
  • MJ - his premature body and amazing spirit has overcome incredible odds. 
  • Kevin Gosnell - his ALS inspired him past his own life to a find a cure by 2020. 
  • Andy Anderson - a patriarc beyond compare, he lead by example.
  • Mike Buckley - "The world's finest human." His example lives in others. 

Congratulations to all the HeroesClimb finalists and their nominees.

Tags: Self Development, Motivational

Head in the Clouds - HeroesClimb - Day 8

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our adventure at the top of the world continues. As we attempt climb two unclimbed, unnamed peaks at the top of the world. We will be able to report our exact altitudes after we summit.

The idiom, "His or her head is in the clouds" comes to mind. It means the person is not paying much attention to what is happening around them, and has their head filled with unrealistic ideas.

Although a cloud can come rollling up the valley, envelope our entire team, drastically drop the temperature; our "heads" are most certainly NOT in the clouds. Our attention is acutely tuned to our surroundings and safe passage.

Climbing a virgin peak may be unrealistic to some, but we are here. The heroes we climb for supercede obstacles in their own lives. They too are aware of their surroundings but are not held back by circumstance. Moreover, if a passerby or authority says, "that's unrealistic," this only fuels their desire to keep climbing.

Each of us has a hero within.

Heroes climb, that's what heroes do.

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Tags: Goals, Motivational, Inspirational

No WiFi at Advance Base Camp - HeroesClimb - Day 7

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

As planned, our next phase is to set up advance base camp.

From the picture below, we will be situated between two virgin peaks. 

Our goal is to summit both peaks. You can see peak number one has a gradual ascent compared to peak two. Should we safely be able to summit peak one we will name is after the winner of www.heroesclimb.com; David Maish, from Henderson, KY. He is a hero to many who know him.

Peak two is far more difficult of a climb. Although it is non technical, it is steeper and higher than peak one. (We will let you know the name of peak two at a later date.)

As you can appreciate, there is no WiFi in the middle of nowhere. Add to the Indian Government's restriction of satellite phone usage and we are truly off the communication grid. We will not be able to let you know what our progress is until we get back to the end of the trail. 

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.

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Tags: Goals, Inspirational

Base Camp Ahead - HeroesClimb - Day 6

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sun, Jul 03, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Through the valley, we pass peak after peak on either side of us. These Himalayan mountains are like shark's teeth cutting the sky.

After another acclimatization day we look forward to establishing our base camp. The sound of rushing water coming off the countless glaciers bounces off the cliffs on both valley walls of rock. We are well above the tree line and approach the zone where nothing grows.

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Tags: Goals, Motivational

Resting is part of Climbing - HeroesClimb - Day 5

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sat, Jul 02, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Acclimatization & Rest Day at Dwada .

As we prepare for climbing peaks and setting up our advanced base camp we need ensure our bodies can comfortably process the thinner air.

There are a few options we face. Divide the expedition into two parties to climb two unnamed peaks. Keep the team together and climb one peak. Then attempt a second peak the next day. Or, turn back due to conditions Mother Nature has in mind.

Any way this shakes out, we will need to acclimatize and rest.

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Tags: Team Building, Motivational

Payoff Valley - HeroesClimb - Day 4

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Yesterday was a taxing climb. The pass reminded us that oxygen is not over rated.

We don't want to leave Dwada Thatch. But climb we must.

As we trek into the heart of Jiwanal, and these beautiful meadows, we are reminded of UNESCO designating the Great Himalayan National Park as a World Heritage Site.

By the way... Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian friends.

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Tags: Goals, Self Development

No Way to Pass on the Pass - HeroesClimb - Day 3

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

The reason we are able to trek towards mountains with no names is due to the remote region we are climbing.

The Kandi Galu Pass lays between two striking peaks on either side. 

Pass Kandi Galu is 11,900 feet (3627 meters). On the back side we will enter into the pristine Jiwanala Valley camping at Subli Thatch !

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Tags: Self Development, Inspirational