Stephen Koch is a professional speaker, climber, snowboarder and mountain guide and is a pioneer in the field of Snowboard Mountaineering, a term he coined. His list of alpine ascents and descents include some of the most notable firsts anywhere in the world, most of which have never been repeated. He is the first person to snowboard all the major Teton Peaks in Wyoming, and the first and only person to snowboard on all Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent.
On Mount Everest, the final peak in his Quest to snowboard the highest mountain on each continent, Stephen turned around before the top. The avalanche danger was higher than he was willing to risk for his team. It took him some time to realize that turning around on the North Face of Mount Everest, while climbing without oxygen or fixed ropes, was not a failure at all, but in fact a defining moment of success in his life. His Seven Summits Snowboarding Quest is now simply, 6 ½.
Stephen shares the lessons he learned from life on the edge, where he has spent over 20 years climbing and snowboarding unprecedented new routes in the world’s great ranges, always challenging himself by venturing One Step Further, into uncharted terrain. To be a pioneer is not that difficult. But it does take one key ingredient, a willingness to look around the corner and take it One Step Further.
Koch’s speaking engagements and seminars enable people to feel the fear, motivation, and inspiration involved in risk management when one’s life is at stake. This perspective translates into a clearer understanding and appreciation of risk and a new found dedication to risk management in the work environment.
Stephen is still active in the mountains, whether guiding clients or teaching his two young sons. He loves road and mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, ice and rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and fishing and extreme on and off road trips in his 1989 4×4 Ford E250 Conversion Van.
Stephen Koch’s Speaking Topics -
How To Survive (2,000 foot avalanche),
Dealing with Fear (acknowledgement of it and then break it down without getting overwhelmed by it…fear is usually beneficial),
Leadership (from micro-managing to leading)
Teamwork (putting the team before the individual for collective success – pretty key when you are roped up to your team mates)
Trust (your own voice and others) and
Accomplish Your BHAG