Thomas Bubendorfer Biography
Thomas Bubendorfer is one of the world’s foremost solo climbers. He is one of the most experienced and inspirational European adventure speakers. He speaks in French, Italian, his native German, and his preferred language is English.
There are few who live up to the extreme challenge of solo climbing. A free solo climber uses neither ropes nor any other protection. In overhanging rock and ice faces up to ten thousand feet high his life depends entirely on his dedication, focus, and his ability to think and make decisions under extreme pressure: the slightest mistake is lethal.
Background and career
Thomas started climbing mountains at the age of twelve. He had soon concquered the hardest rock climbing routes in Austria. Highly motivated, Thomas ran marathon distances several times a week and did 300 chin-ups daily to prepare for his extreme solo climbs.
At sixteen he became the youngest climber in history to solo climb the hard ice routes in Chamonix, and at seventeen he solo climbed ice routes to the summit of Montblanc. At 18 he climbed Peak Korshenewskij in the Himalayas.
Still a teenager, Thomas gained international fame by solo climbing the hardest free-climbing route in the Italian Dolomites, and achieving his first speed climbing record.
By the time Thomas was 20 he had first-solo-climbed a dozen hard severe rock routes, and had become the first climber to free solo the direct north spur of the Les Droites in the Montblanc region and the north face of the Grandes Jorasses. The following year he solo climbed both the north face of the Matterhorn and the Eiger, writing climbing history and setting speed records.
At the age of 23 Thomas completed the first one-day solo of famed Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia, one of the world’s most difficult mountains, on-sight and unsupported.
He set new standards in Alpine climbing with the unmatched free solo climb of five of the hardest faces in the Dolomites in one day.
After a crippling climbing accident during a photo session in 1988, Thomas completed the only unsupported solo expedition in history to one of the world’s hardest and highest mountain faces: the 3,000 meter south face of Aconcagua in the Andes. It was the first time this face was climbed in one day.
Thomas first-ascended a difficult, unnamed and unclimbed mountain in the Mount McKinley region, which he named after his first son, Mount Laurens.
Thomas’ motivation to climb was always fuelled by a curiosity to explore his own potential. He has introduced a new, very lean and audacious style into alpine climbing, and has attracted enormous media attention. In the Eighties he was a model for Versace.
At the age of 21 Thomas spoke to IBM about goal setting and self-motivation.This was his first management speech and it triggered a line of thought that he continues to ponder: What are the lessons that a solo mountain climber learns under extreme pressure and in danger of his life? Are these lessons applicable to the modern business world? The values and qualities a solo mountain climber must live up to – are they identical with those that lead to success and guarantee survival in an ever-changing business world?
“The answer is yes, there’s no doubt about that”, he knows today. “There is only one truth. The attitudes that help a solo climber overcome adversity, anxiety and solitude and to deal with ever increasing risk, decision taking under pressure, crisis and zillions of other de-motivating factors - cannot be false for people in any other profession”.
Thomas Bubendorfer is one of the world’s foremost solo climbers, and a charismatic and experienced motivational speaker.
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Thomas Bubendorfer Reviews
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Your message on goal-setting and dealing with crisis and set-backs was perfect. Our colleagues in Austria and Germany were as fascinated as we are.
It was one of the rare speeches when my thoughts never drifted once. Didactically interesting, without appearing like a teacher.
Your words hit the right spot and left a lot of the guys thinking and (re)valuating some of their actions and objectives in life and business!
Very moving speech. You were authentic, passionate and we could all understand the meaning you give to your life.
It was a clear, logic, down-to-earth presentation. An impressive speaker, and impressive pictures.
I have rarely heard such a fascinating speech!
Excellent review from your talk. Use of photos was terrific. You really drive home the high performance message.
Great inspiration, you are a role model in terms of determination, motivation and calculated risktaking.
A charming and unique individual with ability to awe and inspire.
Q & A with Thomas Bubendorfer
Thomas Bubendorfer answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Thomas Bubendorfer for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email@example.com
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Thomas Bubendorfer: April 1984, Monaco. Speech for IBM, in English, 700 audience. I was not yet 22…
Speakers Corner: And your last event?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Tuesday, Vienna, leadership meeting of Wiener Stadtwerke (16 000 employes)
Speakers Corner: Which event has been your favourite and why?
Thomas Bubendorfer: I don’t have a favourite event. My favourite event is the next one, really, when I can try something new…
Speakers Corner: If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Same as above. I care for the people, and I don’t care too much where they are from, who they work for and what there position within the company is.
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Thomas Bubendorfer: People who like to challenge the status quo.
Speakers Corner: On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?
Thomas Bubendorfer: 40-50 times per year in the last six or seven years.
Speakers Corner: Do you use powerpoint?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Yes
Speakers Corner: Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?
Thomas Bubendorfer: I find that the interaction with smaller groups is better, but I don’t mind speaking to large groups as well.
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Thomas Bubendorfer: As a man who thinks about life, who has a great passion for performance, and who does not want to stand still but develop himself at all times.
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Yes. I insist on it.
Speakers Corner: What are the most asked for topics?
Thomas Bubendorfer: The interaction between the individual and the team; Performance and Passion; Conquering ones fears and moving away from risk aversion (prevailing in large companies); Overcoming crisis, set-back, defeat; Learning; Quality versus Quantity; Man’s search for meaning; Product or process – about goals and about the presence (kind of “Power of Now”).
Speakers Corner: Is your speech interactive with audience participation?
Thomas Bubendorfer: It can be, questions are always welcome, but mainly after my presentation.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Yes: being Mr.Perfect on the mountain, all quality and focus and such, I fell off a stage once…
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Amadeus and Love Actually
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Thomas Bubendorfer: All of Salman Rushdie, William Faulkner, T.C.Boyle
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination?
Thomas Bubendorfer: St.Moritz
Speakers Corner: Country or townie?
Thomas Bubendorfer: Italy and almost any Italian town
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