Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid-thigh.
Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.
In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta.
Warren’s first book, "A Test of Will" is an Australian and Canadian bestseller and the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”.
His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, The Second Step, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Film Festival”.
Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including “Larry King Live”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos.
Warren MacDonald works with innovative, forward thinking organizations and associations looking to foster “out of the box” thinking through his work as a Keynote Speaker. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his partner Margo Talbot. Warren’s mission is to help you change the way you see the world, and your place in it.
- The Challenge of Change
- Return on Resilience
- One Step Beyond: Setting and Reaching Impossible Goals
- The Power of Perception: Building a Breakthrough Mindset
Business, Financial, Health, Medical, ADA, Motivation
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“For those that may be facing hurdles that seem insurmountable, Warren will be the key that opens the door to what is possible when you confront challenges and move forward with determination and resolve.” - Alberta Envirofuels Inc.
“You were able to effectively demonstrate to the audience that difficulties faced become achievable challenges if you have the desire and strength of will.” - Novo Nordisc Pharmaceuticals
“Thank you Warren, for leaving us with such an encouraging and positive sense of realization that we can succeed, even when confronted with obstacles that at first appear to be insurmountable.” - MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates
“The relevance, clarity and poignancy of your presentation and subsequent conversations with our people has helped us refocus on the tasks we have to complete and bought the team closer together.” - GM, Motability Finance Limited (UK)
“Warren engaged us in a humorous, thought provoking conversation that provided a solution for a different way to think about the challenge of change in our organization. - Intersecurities Inc.
“Warren taught our attendees that change or uncontrollable events may alter the status quo but do not prevent someone from growing, learning or moving ahead in life. - Central 1 Credit Union