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Alan Hobson

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Author, Mt. Everest Climber & Cancer Survivor

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 Alan Hobson Biography

At the age of 29, international bestselling author and worldwide adventurer Alan Hobson set out to realize his greatest childhood dream. It took him 10 grueling expeditions to high altitude, three to Mt. Everest, and a decade of intense fundraising, training and organizational effort before he finally stood on top of the world. As he gazed out from the highest physical point on the planet, tears froze to his face. He could see the curvature of the Earth as the horizon bent in his peripheral vision at 29,035 feet.

In August 2000, Alan set out on his ultimate adventure to date. At 42, he was diagnosed with cancer of the blood and given less than a year to live. Using the hard-won lessons he learned on Everest, he chose to ignore solid medical evidence that there was an 85 percent chance he would die, and thanks to raw courage and the miracles of modern medicine, he not only survived but thrived. He is now one of less than a few dozen people to regain an elite level of fitness after a blood transplant for acute leukemia, is more physically fit than he was prior to his last Everest expedition and has been cancer-free for over nine years. He is now considered to be medically cured.

The story of Alan Hobson's life is a breathtaking portrait in passion, persistence and peak performance spanning four decades. He is not only an Everest summiteer and worldwide adventurer, but an Adventrepreneur, a serious businessman who has successfully trademarked his own business niche. He has appeared on many national television talk shows, including "Oprah." His expeditions have required millions of dollars to finance, organize and execute, and they have stretched Alan's leadership, team-building, sales and communications abilities even more than they have his physical attributes. He has proven his talent for transforming the apparently intangible benefits of high-stakes adventure into tangible results for his sponsors' and suppliers' bottom lines.

Alan's achievements go far beyond the business of Everest. He is the international bestselling author of half a dozen books, a former nine-time All-American gymnast, marathon runner, hang glider pilot, white water kayaker, parachutist, journalist, and winner of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in News Writing. He has scuba dived beneath the ice of frozen mountain lakes in the dead of the Canadian winter, visited sunken wrecks in Lake Geneva, and executed numerous night dives in the frigid and turbulent waters of the north Atlantic. He is a tough man for tough times -- an expert at overcoming adversity, managing cataclysmic change, and enduring hostile and life-threatening operating conditions.

Alan's first expedition to Everest ended 3,000 feet short of the summit when a fierce storm ripped his team's high camp right off the mountain. Undaunted, Alan was back on Everest three years later, this time with half the budget of the first trip, half the personnel, and no bottled oxygen. His team missed the summit by an excruciatingly disappointing two city blocks when their lead climber came down with high altitude sickness and they elected to rescue him rather than continue blindly going for the goal. Finally, on his third expedition, Alan changed his strategy completely, attacked the mountain from its southern, Nepalese side, outsourced the organizational and leadership aspects of the climb, and focused exclusively on training and fund-raising. The plan worked. His team put six expedition members on top -- almost half its climbers -- a feat achieved by likely only a handful of teams in Everest's storied 80-year climbing history. Little did he know then, that an even greater challenge lay ahead -- the Everest of illnesses.

Alan's next expedition is the one he's currently on -- to continue his miraculous climb back from cancer, and help as many other cancer patients as possible do the same. Together with his former wife, Cecilia, they have written a landmark book, "Climb Back from Cancer -- Introducing The 10 Tools of Triumph for Survivors and Caregivers," Alan's sixth. It chronicles their uplifting true story and pinpoints what they consider are The 10 Tools of Triumph for survivors and caregivers -- the key psychological skills necessary to survive life-threatening illness and thrive beyond it. Alan has also formed The Climb Back from Cancer Foundation. It is developing the ground-breaking Climb Back from Cancer Program that is helping patients and survivors overcome chronic fatigue -- the biggest single challenge faced by North America's millions of cancer survivors. The foundation's mission is to help patients, survivors and caregivers climb back to better lives.

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From Everest to Enlightenment - An Adventure of the Soul

From Everest to Enlightenment - An Adventure of the Soul

Speaking Topics
  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity

    It happens to everyone. You establish a goal, but fall short of achieving it. You try again, but a competing priority suddenly requires you to shift your focus, or your resources. Then, you finally succeed, only to be blindsided by the unexpected. Alan Hobson faced all of these situations on his three expeditions to Mt. Everest and while climbing back from cancer. In his spellbinding personalized presentations, he draws invaluable connections between the priceless lessons of his life experiences and the challenges we all face in our personal and professional lives.

  • Bouncing Back from Setbacks

    After more than a decade of preparation, Alan Hobson's first expedition to Mt. Everest missed the summit by 3,000 feet when his team's high camp was blasted off the mountain by hurricane-force winds. Instead of giving up on his goal, he used his hard-won lessons to begin again more intelligently. Alan inspires audiences to learn from setbacks and come away with smarter solutions for achieving their objectives.

  • Adapting to the Unexpected

    Hobsons second Everest attempt missed the summit by just two city blocks when the expedition's lead climber came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness. Alans team worked for 33 continuous hours and saved the mans life, but it meant postponing the achievement of their goal. Discouraged, but not defeated, he walked away again with another set of precious lessons and started over with renewed determination. In todays tough economic times, instant adaptability and psychological resilience are essential to success. Alan shows audiences how to rise to the challenge of cataclysmic change and effectively re-prioritize without losing sight of their mission, vision and objectives.

  • Executing with Excellence

    After almost two decades of preparation, an experienced Alan Hobson finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest during his third expedition. It was a true triumph of tenacity. Alan shows audiences that even when times are hard, if we remain focused on executional excellence and relentless improvement, we can achieve our goals. His powerful personal example resonates on an individual and organizational level.

  • Climb Back!

    Three years after Everest, Alan faced his biggest mountain. Diagnosed with acute leukemia (an aggressive cancer of the blood) and given less than a year to live, once again, he never gave up. Today, he is one of less than a few dozen people ever to achieve an elite level of fitness after an adult blood stem cell transplant to eradicate the disease. He has now been cancer-free for more than nine years and is officially medically cured.

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Alan Hobson

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Author, Mt. Everest Climber & Cancer Survivor

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Alan Hobson Biography

At the age of 29, international bestselling author and worldwide adventurer Alan Hobson set out to realize his greatest childhood dream. It took him 10 grueling expeditions to high altitude, three to Mt. Everest, and a decade of intense fundraising, training and organizational effort before he finally stood on top of the world. As he gazed out from the highest physical point on the planet, tears froze to his face. He could see the curvature of the Earth as the horizon bent in his peripheral vision at 29,035 feet.

In August 2000, Alan set out on his ultimate adventure to date. At 42, he was diagnosed with cancer of the blood and given less than a year to live. Using the hard-won lessons he learned on Everest, he chose to ignore solid medical evidence that there was an 85 percent chance he would die, and thanks to raw courage and the miracles of modern medicine, he not only survived but thrived. He is now one of less than a few dozen people to regain an elite level of fitness after a blood transplant for acute leukemia, is more physically fit than he was prior to his last Everest expedition and has been cancer-free for over nine years. He is now considered to be medically cured.

The story of Alan Hobson's life is a breathtaking portrait in passion, persistence and peak performance spanning four decades. He is not only an Everest summiteer and worldwide adventurer, but an Adventrepreneur, a serious businessman who has successfully trademarked his own business niche. He has appeared on many national television talk shows, including "Oprah." His expeditions have required millions of dollars to finance, organize and execute, and they have stretched Alan's leadership, team-building, sales and communications abilities even more than they have his physical attributes. He has proven his talent for transforming the apparently intangible benefits of high-stakes adventure into tangible results for his sponsors' and suppliers' bottom lines.

Alan's achievements go far beyond the business of Everest. He is the international bestselling author of half a dozen books, a former nine-time All-American gymnast, marathon runner, hang glider pilot, white water kayaker, parachutist, journalist, and winner of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in News Writing. He has scuba dived beneath the ice of frozen mountain lakes in the dead of the Canadian winter, visited sunken wrecks in Lake Geneva, and executed numerous night dives in the frigid and turbulent waters of the north Atlantic. He is a tough man for tough times -- an expert at overcoming adversity, managing cataclysmic change, and enduring hostile and life-threatening operating conditions.

Alan's first expedition to Everest ended 3,000 feet short of the summit when a fierce storm ripped his team's high camp right off the mountain. Undaunted, Alan was back on Everest three years later, this time with half the budget of the first trip, half the personnel, and no bottled oxygen. His team missed the summit by an excruciatingly disappointing two city blocks when their lead climber came down with high altitude sickness and they elected to rescue him rather than continue blindly going for the goal. Finally, on his third expedition, Alan changed his strategy completely, attacked the mountain from its southern, Nepalese side, outsourced the organizational and leadership aspects of the climb, and focused exclusively on training and fund-raising. The plan worked. His team put six expedition members on top -- almost half its climbers -- a feat achieved by likely only a handful of teams in Everest's storied 80-year climbing history. Little did he know then, that an even greater challenge lay ahead -- the Everest of illnesses.

Alan's next expedition is the one he's currently on -- to continue his miraculous climb back from cancer, and help as many other cancer patients as possible do the same. Together with his former wife, Cecilia, they have written a landmark book, "Climb Back from Cancer -- Introducing The 10 Tools of Triumph for Survivors and Caregivers," Alan's sixth. It chronicles their uplifting true story and pinpoints what they consider are The 10 Tools of Triumph for survivors and caregivers -- the key psychological skills necessary to survive life-threatening illness and thrive beyond it. Alan has also formed The Climb Back from Cancer Foundation. It is developing the ground-breaking Climb Back from Cancer Program that is helping patients and survivors overcome chronic fatigue -- the biggest single challenge faced by North America's millions of cancer survivors. The foundation's mission is to help patients, survivors and caregivers climb back to better lives.

Alan Hobson Videos

  • Alan Hobson at the ACRP 2014 Global Conference & Exhibition
    In celebration of International Clinical Trials' Day 2014, ACRP is pleased to share the story of Alan Hobson, cancer survivor and Mt. Everest...
  • Alan Hobson - Motivational Speaker
    After almost two decades and three attempts, keynote speaker Alan Hobson finally stood atop Mt. Everest. Three years later he was diagnosed with...
  • Alan Hobson - Mt. Everest Climber, Summiteer & Cancer Survivor
    Mt. Everest Climber, Summiteer & Cancer Survivor, Alan Hobson, is one of the worlds leading adventure speakers. He is also one of the top speakers in...

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Alan Hobson Speaking Topics

  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity

    It happens to everyone. You establish a goal, but fall short of achieving it. You try again, but a competing priority suddenly requires you to shift your focus, or your resources. Then, you finally succeed, only to be blindsided by the unexpected. Alan Hobson faced all of these situations on his three expeditions to Mt. Everest and while climbing back from cancer. In his spellbinding personalized presentations, he draws invaluable connections between the priceless lessons of his life experiences and the challenges we all face in our personal and professional lives.

  • Bouncing Back from Setbacks

    After more than a decade of preparation, Alan Hobson's first expedition to Mt. Everest missed the summit by 3,000 feet when his team's high camp was blasted off the mountain by hurricane-force winds. Instead of giving up on his goal, he used his hard-won lessons to begin again more intelligently. Alan inspires audiences to learn from setbacks and come away with smarter solutions for achieving their objectives.

  • Adapting to the Unexpected

    Hobsons second Everest attempt missed the summit by just two city blocks when the expedition's lead climber came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness. Alans team worked for 33 continuous hours and saved the mans life, but it meant postponing the achievement of their goal. Discouraged, but not defeated, he walked away again with another set of precious lessons and started over with renewed determination. In todays tough economic times, instant adaptability and psychological resilience are essential to success. Alan shows audiences how to rise to the challenge of cataclysmic change and effectively re-prioritize without losing sight of their mission, vision and objectives.

  • Executing with Excellence

    After almost two decades of preparation, an experienced Alan Hobson finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest during his third expedition. It was a true triumph of tenacity. Alan shows audiences that even when times are hard, if we remain focused on executional excellence and relentless improvement, we can achieve our goals. His powerful personal example resonates on an individual and organizational level.

  • Climb Back!

    Three years after Everest, Alan faced his biggest mountain. Diagnosed with acute leukemia (an aggressive cancer of the blood) and given less than a year to live, once again, he never gave up. Today, he is one of less than a few dozen people ever to achieve an elite level of fitness after an adult blood stem cell transplant to eradicate the disease. He has now been cancer-free for more than nine years and is officially medically cured.

FAQs on booking Alan Hobson

  • How to book Alan Hobson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alan Hobson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alan Hobson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alan Hobson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alan Hobson?

    Booking fees for Alan Hobson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alan Hobson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alan Hobson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alan Hobson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alan Hobson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alan Hobson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alan Hobson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Alan Hobson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Alan Hobson for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Alan Hobson generally travels from AlbertaCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim Abbott, John Amatt, Stacy Allison, Vince Papale and Story Musgrave, M.D.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alan Hobson for an upcoming event.

Alan Hobson Speaker Videos

  • Alan Hobson at the ACRP 2014 Global Conference & Exhibition
    In celebration of International Clinical Trials' Day 2014, ACRP is pleased to share the story of Alan Hobson, cancer survivor and Mt. Everest summiteer. This video includes segments from Alan...
    Alan Hobson - Motivational Speaker
    After almost two decades and three attempts, keynote speaker Alan Hobson finally stood atop Mt. Everest. Three years later he was diagnosed with acute leukemia and given less than a year to live....
  • Alan Hobson - Mt. Everest Climber, Summiteer & Cancer Survivor
    Mt. Everest Climber, Summiteer & Cancer Survivor, Alan Hobson, is one of the worlds leading adventure speakers. He is also one of the top speakers in the world at custom-building each presentation to...

Alan Hobson Speaking Topics

  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity

    It happens to everyone. You establish a goal, but fall short of achieving it. You try again, but a competing priority suddenly requires you to shift your focus, or your resources. Then, you finally succeed, only to be blindsided by the unexpected. Alan Hobson faced all of these situations on his three expeditions to Mt. Everest and while climbing back from cancer. In his spellbinding personalized presentations, he draws invaluable connections between the priceless lessons of his life experiences and the challenges we all face in our personal and professional lives.

  • Bouncing Back from Setbacks

    After more than a decade of preparation, Alan Hobson's first expedition to Mt. Everest missed the summit by 3,000 feet when his team's high camp was blasted off the mountain by hurricane-force winds. Instead of giving up on his goal, he used his hard-won lessons to begin again more intelligently. Alan inspires audiences to learn from setbacks and come away with smarter solutions for achieving their objectives.

  • Adapting to the Unexpected

    Hobsons second Everest attempt missed the summit by just two city blocks when the expedition's lead climber came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness. Alans team worked for 33 continuous hours and saved the mans life, but it meant postponing the achievement of their goal. Discouraged, but not defeated, he walked away again with another set of precious lessons and started over with renewed determination. In todays tough economic times, instant adaptability and psychological resilience are essential to success. Alan shows audiences how to rise to the challenge of cataclysmic change and effectively re-prioritize without losing sight of their mission, vision and objectives.

  • Executing with Excellence

    After almost two decades of preparation, an experienced Alan Hobson finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest during his third expedition. It was a true triumph of tenacity. Alan shows audiences that even when times are hard, if we remain focused on executional excellence and relentless improvement, we can achieve our goals. His powerful personal example resonates on an individual and organizational level.

  • Climb Back!

    Three years after Everest, Alan faced his biggest mountain. Diagnosed with acute leukemia (an aggressive cancer of the blood) and given less than a year to live, once again, he never gave up. Today, he is one of less than a few dozen people ever to achieve an elite level of fitness after an adult blood stem cell transplant to eradicate the disease. He has now been cancer-free for more than nine years and is officially medically cured.

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