First, the Himilayan Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
1. Whatâ€™s the highest mountain in the world? 2. What are three of the names for Tibetâ€™s highest mountain? 3. How do you pronounce the English name of Tibetâ€™s highest mountain? 4. True or false: George Bush says that the tallest mountain isnâ€™t shrinking, the Chinese (see (Yao Ming)) are getting taller. One of the most creative executive leadership programs available in China is now open internationally to managers and corporate leaders. Along with Chris Barclay, CEO of (Altec) China, ten participants with a clean bill of health can also breathe Sir Edmund Hilaryâ€™s rarefied air. They will be able to ascend to over 6,000m of new managerial heights. Altec, a back-to-back winner of Chinaâ€™s HR Managersâ€™ Award for Best Training Company in 2004 and 2005, has led thousands of workshops for over 450 multinational companies. Barclay began mountaineering leadership treks by taking Nikeâ€™s leadership development team into Tibet in 2006. Altec has a number of proprietary outdoor teambuilding programs that it conducts at breathtaking Yangshuo (YSMR) Mountain Retreat in Guilin, China. But the Tibetan trip, complete with some touring days in Lhasa, is by far the most exhilarating transformational program in their broad repertoire. Altec, in conjunction with top guides in Tibetan mountaineering, is offering a two-week executive leadership trek in Tibet. The climb has been specially selected so that aspiring mountaineers will have from now until the end of May to train and prepare for the trip of a lifetime using an online conditioning program developed by Altec. The trip will include food, lodging, executive leadership training. Just add airfare and youâ€™re on your way to Lhasa to hang with the Tibetan mountaineering school. The same guys now preparing for the Olympic torch relay will be there, too. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will benefit an important charity, the China-US Medical Foundation. (CUMF) You can find all forms of information youâ€™ll need for the trip here. (Tibet) Answers to the quiz: 1. Guess againâ€”it all depends on how youâ€™re counting. While Everest is commonly called the tallest mountain in the world, it has several competitors. Everest, with a height of 8,850 m, is trumped by Hawaiiâ€™s Mauna Kea, which has a height of 10,203mâ€”if you measure it from its base deep in the Pacific Ocean. Measured from sea level, Mauna Kea stands at around half of Everestâ€™s elevation (4,205 m). And if you want to talk about distance from the equator, Ecuadorâ€™s Chimborazo tops Everest by 2,168m because the Earth bulges at the equator. However, Chimborazo is only 6,267m above sea level. 2. Naming Everest: Qomolonga (yes, try saying it five times fast) is the transliteration of the Tibetan name and means â€œmother of the universe.â€ The Chinese refer to Mom as â€œShengmu Fengâ€ (â€œSacred Mother Peakâ€) or â€œZhumulangma Feng,â€ which literally translates to something like â€œPearl Solemn Clear Agate Peak.â€ The peak actually has no ancient Nepalese name (the people of Kathmandu never named it), so in the 1960s the Nepalese government named the mountain â€œSargarmatha,â€ a Sanskrit term meaning â€œHead of the Ocean.â€ 3. Named â€œEverestâ€ by the British surveyor-general of India, Andrew Waugh, for his predecessor George Everest, the name was first pronounced â€œEAVE-restâ€ instead of the Americanized â€œEV-er-est.â€ 4. Could be.