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Everest Experience® TEAM BUILDING, LEADERSHIP Peter AustenPeter Austen
Dr. Peter Austen is a mountaineer, mountain guide, business consultant, author, educator,
adventure company operator.

Travels From: Garibaldi Highlands, British Columbia
Fee Range: $5000 – $10,000


Dr. Peter Austen is a mountaineer, mountain guide, business consultant, author, educator, and adventure company operator. He speaks five languages and has academic degrees from England, Canada, and the U.S.A. He has lived in six countries and explored in 74 more over the past 40 years, returning intact from many famous peaks, including Everest in Tibet, Mount Communism in Russia, Mont Blanc in France, Mount Robson in Canada, and Alpamayo in Peru.

Peter led Canada’s first truly national Everest expedition, the “Climb for Hope”, which had Sir Edmund Hillary as patron. Peter arranged for the climb to be filmed, and the resulting acclaimed documentary, narrated by Leslie Nielsen, has been shown frequently on television networks. Everest Canada, The Climb for Hope, Peter’s first book, was an account of that expedition.

Peter’s articles and photographs have appeared in BC Outdoors, and in North American alpine and trade journals, tourist magazines and guidebooks, web sites (including the BC Adventure site), and newspapers. He gives keynotes, leadership and team-building seminars to diverse groups throughout Canada and the U.S., using his EVEREST EXPERIENCE ® method.

A true adventurer at heart, he has climbed mountains and mountain walls on five continents and lead groups all over the world. He continues to guide mountain expeditions and exotic adventures worldwide.


Everest Experience

Highly appropriate and great fun. Decco Ltd.

A great seminar, a great teaching and learning experience. Business Development Bank

Truly uplifting and inspirational. We now know the value in business of in depth improvement of relationships. Superb value and learning. Purchasing Management Association

A fantastic approach. Most challenging and enjoyable.I would love to do it again. Coast Mountain Sports

Learned much valuable situational analysis. Great for team building and cooperation Penticton Teachers

Peter’s leadership of British Columbia’s first Everest Expedition added a dimension of reality to the game and much interest to the day. Peter creates an atmosphere where discussion of management problems was easy and highly constructive. Canadian Tire

A novel and wonderful method of experiential “doing” -highlighting leadership and problem solving. Very different from the normal styles of lecturing and sitting about. The day flew by. Excellent! Fort St John teachers

We are sales people but The Everest Experience is applicable to all organizations. Everyone can benefit and learn from it. AMJ Campbell Vanlines

An amazing and futuristic keynote address covering the essence of leadership. Everest changed the lives of Peter’s team for ever. FMC Canada




Peter  describes his journey through 4 types of horror and how he came out of a black tunnel to live and tell the tale. He attained a Ph.D,  and led British Columbia’s first Mt Everest expedition . He has   conducted   the Everest Experience(R)  Executive Game for many  years. After a near fatal whitewater boating accident he  lost 40% of his hearing and got resultant extreme tinnitus . After 7 years of living on the edge of suicide, trying to find a cure for this dreadful and debilitating disorder  and helping hundreds of people and army veterans to cope , he became the President of the Tinnitus Association of Canada.  Then, from nowhere his  advanced stage prostate cancer was diagnosed. It was touch and go after the removal operation and 6 weeks radiation but he pulled through.  Then 3 months later he was gob smacked with colon cancer. Again from the depths of despair he survived thru sheer willpower. His  family, many friends, many mountaineering experiences on 5 continents and living on the edge  helped tremendously.  Hormone therapy has kept him fairly stable  since.

 Peter`s   message of hope here is clear:  anyone in the deep troughs of sickness and depression can pull through and live a quality life again. He has published 6  books to date on his worldwide adventures. A new one is in progress.

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