30 years ago, I had a dream. That dream was to climb the highest mountain on the planet. 5 years ago, that dream became real when I was offered a chance to join an Australian team that was going. At that point in my life, I was 20kg overweight, I hadn’t climbed for over 10 years, I had just gotten divorced (lost most of my assets and most of my access to my daughter) and so financially/ mentally wasn’t in the best position – yet I grabbed the team slot. In just 11 months lead up, Joe transformed me both physically and mentally into the shape of my life. On the 23rd May 2010 at 8:30am, I stood on the summit of Mount Everest and I owe that to Joe Bonington. Interestingly, Joe coached the entire Australian team and we put all 5 on the summit. Joe, you should be damned proud of yourself – that was the most successful Australian team ever in the history of Australians climbing Everest (to put 5 on the summit in one team). The world is full of talkers… very few walk the talk… you do and your results speak louder than any words could. Joe – thank you, I am forever grateful for your guidance, wisdom and for kicking my arse to 29,028ft.
– Stephen Bock, Real Estate Agent and Everest Summiteer