Teams and Leaders / International Audience

Who is able to build up a team in 24 hours and make it work in the face of great danger, under a tight deadline and without material incentives?


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In May 2008, ten climbers from different countries put their lives at risk in an attempt to try saving Spaniard Inaki Ochoa de Olza, who had suffered a stroke at 7,400m on Mount Annapurna (8,091m) in Nepal.

At that altitude, the O2 quantity was three times less compared to sea level and temperatures reached extreme lows. All the mountaineers who climbed Annapurna for Inaki in 2008 knew their lives were in danger. Well-reputed Ueli Steck and Denis Urubko were among them.

  • How was the team built up?
  • How did they manage risks?
  • Why could a Russian and an American collaborate despite prejudices?
  • How did the team deal with the lack of resources?

When he was a coach of FC Barcelona, Pep Guardiola was inspired by this story and used it to motivate his players before an important match. Then a documentary, Pura Vida/The Ridge, came to life. The film was produced in Spain in 2012, in coproduction with TVE, Spain’s public TV broadcaster.

SUMMITEERS, a program for teams based on true stories, digged into the facts and turned the Annapurna story into a case-study. Small teams and leaders with value-driven actions – in business, NGO-s, sports, public services and politics – are invited to learn the story and get inspiration from it.

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