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LEAD THE ADVENTURE: The Kilimanjaro Project

Are you looking to push yourself to new limits you never experienced before?
Here is your opportunity to immerse yourself in an entire new environment with a group of people who will challenge you to your highest potential and elevate you to a whole new level.

Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime. Take a 9-month journey with a group of incredible people who are looking for the same opportunities and challenges as you. You’ll learn how to lead and collaborate with one another while trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro together.

Receive an education you’ll never find in a classroom and will last you a lifetime. You’ll receive personal, one-on-one coaching and receive hands-on experience on leadership and collaboration. You’ll come out of this journey with a whole new self-awareness and confidence that you can apply to all facets of your work, relationships, and life.

  • You’ll learn by doing in a way that cannot be replicated in any classroom environment: you’ll put advanced concepts into use immediately in real-life scenarios and develop strong mastery of key tools and approaches.
  • Kickoff event in Mazama, Washington, adjacent to the North Cascades National Park, that integrates experiential-adventure learning while exploring our unique leadership style and those of our expedition team - you’ll gain direct learning as a leader, team member, and follower. Kickoff event is held at the Freestone Inn and includes facilitated individual and group development and an alpine rock climbing experience.
  • 1:1 custom-coaching throughout the program that will help you apply the Five Elements of Adventure to support development in both your personal and professional life.
  • Expedition and summit climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. Expedition is led by team members individually, daily, and collectively by the team as a whole. Matt Walker and his team will provide facilitation, feedback, and support and guidance throughout.
  • Small group learning: 12 participants and 3 facilitators

Experience and engage the Five Elements of Adventure:

  • High Endeavor
  • Uncertain Outcome
  • Total Commitment
  • Tolerance for Adversity
  • Great Companionship

You will learn, experience, and integrate each of these elements into your leadership style as you journey through this 9-month long program. Your journey begins in the North Cascades of Washington state, where we will kick-off a 2 day off-site retreat together with everyone in the group. Following the retreat, you’ll receive 6 one-on-one coaching sessions to practice and support the integration of the Five Elements of Adventure into your personal and professional lifewhile also preparing for the expedition.

This program is a hands-on learning laboratory experience. During the Kilimanjaro expedition, each participant will have an integral role as a leader and the opportunity to challenge themselves as leaders - adapting to changing conditions, communicating with clarity and intention, assessing group needs and adjusting as necessary for team and individual success. You will:

  • Lead the climbing team in each aspect of the expedition
  • Support and manage the Tanzanian porter and cooking staff
  • Receive feedback from both the facilitators and team in real time and at the conclusion of each day

The Kilimanjaro Project is the perfect opportunity to recharge and refresh your professional life. You will face a variety of logistical, technical, and interpersonal obstacles and learn how to embrace challenge as opportunity from the moment you begin the journey. Through collaborative exercises, personal one-on-one coaching, and hands-on experiences our goal is to provide an experience that offers valuable learning, new insight into your personal leadership style, an opportunity to engrain new learning in a complex environment, andsupport sustained growth that will remain with you for years to come. You will develop an increased awareness of your unique leadership style and build applied behaviors to positively influence your leadership outcomes.

Connect and exchange ideas with leaders at a similar growth point and gain knowledge and skills for applying the Five Elements of Adventure and increase personal resilience and tolerance for adversity. Ultimately, as a result of integrating the Five Elements of Adventure into your personal and professional development over this 9-month journey, you will lead an expedition to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


September 2016 - May 2017

Custom Dates available for intact teams

Call to discuss how you can build the strengths of your team with this program.


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Should you attend?

Are you willing to step outside of your normal way of being? Shift your normal way of leading? Learn and implement a new skill set that will shift your perspective and allow you to integrate the Five Elements of Adventure into all arenas of your leadership? Learn the skills, both technical and interpersonal, necessary to lead your peers to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa? We are seeking high performance leaders who are looking for further professional development. C-Level, SVP, and VP individuals are especially encouraged to apply.

Admittance to this program is by application only. Matt Walker Adventure reserves the right to screen candidates for health, fitness, and preparedness. The Kilimanjaro Project is suitable for beginners who commit to a prescribed training regimen. Prior climbing experience is not required.

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