Climber to offer special address at Cassville Middle School gym

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Motivational speaker Eric Alexander, who is also the author of "The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone," will address Cassville sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and teachers in the middle school gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

"I hope this presentation shows students and adults alike learn that they can do extraordinary things," said Terry Jamieson, Cassville Middle School principal. "There are no limits to what we are capable of."

Alexander, a skier, climber and mountaineer, will use a multimedia presentation to share his experiences and stories of assisting others, including individuals with disabilities, to the top of the highest summits on six of seven continents in the world.

Alexander has ascended to the top of Mount Everest with his friend, Erik Weinhenmayer, who is a blind climber. He has also reached the summits of Amadablam, Russia's Mount Elbrus and Kilimanjaro in Africa and spent time training in the Himalayas.

Jamieson said he learned about Alexander's motivational presentations after meeting Tim Dudley, owner of New Leaf Publishing Company, of Green Forrest, Ark.

"He thought our personalities were a lot alike," said Jamieson. "Eric is a world renowned mountain climber and an extreme adventurer, but he's also a devote Christian with a good message.

"I wanted my sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and teachers to spend an hour with him," added Jamieson. "For those who have never climbed Mount Everest or traveled the world, meeting this guy is going to be a big deal."

Alexander's presentation focuses on the importance of trust, courage, teamwork, leadership, integrity and innovation.

"Eric's adventures clearly show that adversity reveals character; it doesn't develop it, and reinforces the notion that great leadership is far more 'will' than 'wiring,'" said Mike Felix, AT&T Alaska president. "A must for anyone who believes that great leadership comes from following a formula."

Stories of Alexander's climbs have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the Discovery Channel and in "TIME," "Outside" and "Climbing" magazines.

The renowned speaker and author has earned a Presidential Invitation to the White House in Washington, D.C. The Colorado Rockies Award for Courage and the Alliance for People with Disabilities Award for Inspiration. Alexander was also invited to throw the opening pitch at Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies.

Alexander is the founder of Higher Summits, and Adventures Beyond Limits. He works to educate and encourage youth with disabilities and teaches disabled skiers in Vail, Colo.

Area community members are invited to attend Alexander's special address. Seating will be limited. Area residents planning on attending the event should call the middle school office at 847-3136 in order to reserve a seat.

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