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Professional adventurer Jamie Clark, the ninth Canadian to climb Mount Everest, will keynote this year’s opening general session at Composites 2003 with his dynamic tale of overcoming rejection and, on the third try, finally reaching the summit of the tallest mountain in the world.
In 1991, Clark was part of an Everest team that was forced back 3,000 feet from the summit by one of the mountain’s famous deadly storms. In 1994, his team of ten climbers made a courageous effort to reach the summit, only to have to turn back this time with less than 500 feet to go. In a true demonstration of teamwork, they performed a high-altitude rescue to save the life of the expedition’s lead climber. In 1997, through sheer determination, Jamie finally reached the summit, and along with his re-engineered team of five climbers, performed two more high-altitude rescues.
“Real winning has nothing to do with beating someone else, or crossing the finish line first, or standing on top,” Clark says. “Winning isn’t anything external at all. It is an internal satisfaction, a deep inner sense of pride and joy.”
Author and producer of documentary films, in 1999 Clark set out on a second adventure, crossing 620 miles of Arabia’s notorious “Empty Quarter” in a camel caravan, one of the most inhosbitible and dangerous places on earth. From Everest to Arabia, his second book has been published, and later this year, The National Geographic Society will release his Empty Quarter, an adventure documentary.
An infectious speaker, “we we’re lucky to sign Jamie for this year’s show,” says CFA Executive Director Missy Henriksen. “He carries the entrepreneurial spirit in his adventures, which is the same spirit our members carry in their day-to-day enterprises to make their businesses successful.”
Composites 2003, October 1-3, 2003 in Anaheim, California will offer a wide range of educational sessions that will attract over 4,500 people and more than 250 exhibitors. The keynote session will take place on October 3, 2003 at 10:15am at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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