Warren Macdonald

Inspirational & Remarkable Story of Survival; Has appeared on "Larry King Live" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show"; Has written articles for "CNN World Edition"(WWW) and "Australian Geographic"

Fee Range?: $12,500 - $15,000
Traveling From: British Columbia, Canada

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Warren Macdonald has always had a taste for adventure. His affinity with wild places, and bearing witness to their disappearance (through clear-cut logging), led him to become a committed environmentalist. What does committed mean? He was once » Read Full Bio

Warren Macdonald has always had a taste for adventure. His affinity with wild places, and bearing witness to their disappearance (through clear-cut logging), led him to become a committed environmentalist. What does committed mean? He was once arrested after having to be cut by an angle grinder from beneath a D9 bulldozer. The charge was dropped, by the way, but that’s another story...

In April 1997 Warren set out on what was supposed to be a revitalizing, grounding, backpacking trip to Hinchinbrook Island, off the northeast coast of Australia. His life would never be the same again. Climbing to the summit of the islands tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. His companion, Geert van Keulen, a Dutch traveller he’d met the day before, his only hope for survival. As Warren lay crushed, Geert raced down the mountain to get help. Warren’s “test of will” lasted two days before a helicopter arrived, and he was rescued. The accident would cost him the loss of both legs, amputated at mid thigh.

Obviously, he survived, but Warren’s story doesn’t end there; far from it. It was after the accident that things got really interesting…

Just ten months later, Warren climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft). More recently, in a spectacular effort requiring 2800 pull-ups over 3 days, made an ascent of America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. Warren currently lives in British Columbia, Canada with his partner Margo Talbot

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Challenge of Change, Finding Opportunity in Adversity
We've all heard it a million times; "change is constant", "the only certainty in life is change", "change or perish". We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren's "Challenge of Change" presentation will help your group realise that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.
One Step Beyond, Setting And Reaching Impossible Goals
It's all well and good to set seemingly impossible goals; the kind that has your team looking at you like you're nuts. Like this time you've really lost it... You need them to see what you see. You need to convince them, to inspire your team to follow you. To show them what is possible when you're prepared to go One Step Beyond..This presentation is designed to provide you with three outcomes: Beyond ordinary, Beyond conventional, Beyond perceived limitations.
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine
Take a lesson from someone who has seen his world change on a scale few could imagine... Waking from the operation that claimed both legs, Warren woke to a whole new world, a whole new reality. Navigating a new world takes courage, that's for sure, but our number one tool in creating our future is PERCEPTION. We need a vision for the kind of world we want to live in. Make no mistake, the world changed in October 2008; it will never be the same again. You can react to that statement with fear, or apathy, or straight out denial, or you can respond from a place of possibility. We have an opportunity now to create something new; something better. But we need to see it first. Warren Macdonald can help us form that vision for a better world. In this keynote presentation, Warren shares the lessons and tools he's used to create a remarkable life from what many would have considered a "game over" scenario.

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  • Mountain Climbers
  • Overcoming Adversity

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