Laval St. Germain 90° South 7th Summit

©Laval St. Germain 90°South 7th Summit
Laval St. Germain is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, the only person to have climbed and skied Iraq's highest peak, and the holder of the fastest ever crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean by solo ocean row boat from mainland North America to mainland Europe.

St. Germain has climbed the highest peak on six of the Earth's seven continents, and the highest peaks of more than a dozen nations. 

Outside of his extreme adventures, St. Germain is an airline pilot with time to motivate his audience as an inspirational keynote speaker. 

With an extreme resume like St. Germain's, it's a bit intimidating to listen to him speak as he has a drive I've never seen before. I've asked my self, "How can I compete with him?" But, after hearing him speak - sharing his stories of what it takes to unzip the tent door and step out from high camp on Everest or to shove off the dock to row alone across the North Atlantic Ocean, you realize one thing... it's not a competition to be like him - it's taking his energy and his motivation to move outside of your own comfort zone. It's about doing what it takes to be the best YOU.

Now, St. Germain is preparing for another expedition, this time to Antarctica - again all alone...
St. Germain is planning on climbing up Mount Vinson - and if he does - he'll have reached the summit on the tallest peak on each continent in the world! But, this extreme trip is Unfinished Business.

This trip is called the 90°South 7th Summit. St. Germain will venture out on a solo ski to the South Pole and then climb Antarctica's highest mountain. He will be pulling a 110 kg sled 1200 km.

This adventure is in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, "Pulling for Alberta cancer patients." In his previous adventure, Confront Cancer Ocean Row, St. Germain came up short on his goal to raise $200,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation - hence the idea that this new adventure is Unfinished Business. 

During the Confront Cancer Ocean Row - where St. Germain broke a world-record rowing across the Atlantic Ocean 4,500km in 53 days, solo, shoving off from Halifax to arrive in Brest, France - raised over $60,000 towards his $200,000 goal. This adventure, St. Germain is looking to raise an additional $140,000 to complete his fundraising goal. Proceeds from the event directly support cancer patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

But, where does he get his drive? And, if he were to do an adventure with a partner, who would he take? I had the chance to talk to St. Germain about his many layers to find out what drives him to follow through on his extreme adventures. Like everyone else, St. Germain is no different in what motivates him. However, his motivations takes hm to places most of us will never see. Have a listen to Laval's story here

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