Ever since Jamling Tenzing Norgay’s father, Tenzing Norgay, spoke the words “”I climbed Everest so that my children wouldn’t have to.”, Jamling had been seized by a passion to follow in his father’s historic footsteps – to step onto Mount Everest’s icy skin and learn the lessons she has to teach. Destiny reserves the telling of some tales for certain people.
In the illustrated presentation, Touching My Father’s Soul – An Odyssey to the Top of Everest, Jamling Tenzing Norgay brings to life a profound and compelling adventure, interweaving the lives of a family, a mountain and a people, and of climbers facing nearly insurmountable obstacles. It is a story of disaster, triumph, professionalism and the resilience of the human spirit. Clearly, it takes an unusual level of aspiration to simply decide to attempt Everest. And to reach the summit and return safely to base camp demands extraordinary commitment and perseverance. Jamling’s expedition slides illustrate not only the organisation and dynamics of the IMAX Filming team’s Everest climb, but he explores the natural and human events that led to the loss of 8 climbers in one storm and 12 climbers over the season. As Jamling found on Everest, we find more than personal triumph and family honour. We discover that climbing this mountain safely requires leadership, planning, confidence, commitment, apprenticeship, experience, judgment, strength, persistence, patience, professionalism, teamwork, respect and humility all in a measured balance.
For each of these attributes, Jamling Tenzing Norgay provides examples of how they were used to further his team’s effort, how they contributed to their safety, success and response to the tragedy. Aspiration and ambition are essential, but the mountain cannot be climbed on hopes and dreams alone. In his talk, we learn about what it really takes to succeed, and we learn some of the lessons that this dangerous mountain has to teach us. It turns out that Jamling did have to climb Everest – in order to learn these lessons himself.
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