John Amatt

Legendary Mountain Climber and Everest Expedition Leader
Fee Range: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
Travels From: Canada
For over 30 years, John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of the Arctic on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks.

At the age of 20, John spent two weeks lashed to tiny ledges while making the first ever ascent of Europe's highest and steepest mountain precipice--the 5000 foot "Vertical Mile" Troll Wall in Norway. In 1981, he was leader of the first Canadian 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. And more recently, he was the principal organizer and a leader of Canada's first successful expedition to reach the top of the world--the 29,035 foot summit of Mount Everest--a climb that was televised live throughout Canada and on ABC Nightline in the United States.

A longtime resident of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, John Amatt is President of an innovative educational and motivational company, whose mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.

He is the Founder of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a world-renowned annual event in the Canadian Rockies that OUTSIDE magazine calls “North America’s premiere showcase of adventure documentaries.” He has been called “The World’s Best Adventure Speaker” by International Celebrity Management of Australia.

John Amatt is a superb storyteller, who has delivered highly motivational presentations to audiences in 44 countries worldwide. After a career of 25 years, he is one of the world’s most successful adventure speakers. An educator by training, he uses the lessons learned from his own life-and-death adventures in the world’s most remote places to articulate down-to-earth strategies for meeting the challenges of challenging times.

John’s best-selling book,
One Step Beyond: Rediscovering the Adventure Attitude, articulates his belief that humankind must apply the spirit of adventure to the challenges of daily life if we are to cope with rapid change and convert it to our own advantage. In his latest book, Straight to the Top and Beyond, he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine-step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly changing global business environments.

John 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.

Most Requested Topics:

  • No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude
  • Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys for Meeting the Challenge of Changing Times
  • Climbing Your Own Everest: What It Takes to Get to the Top
  • Meeting the Challenge of Change