MAY 14 - MAY 27, 2017




C. CLINTON SIDLE is the former founding director of the prestigious Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program in the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a top consultant in strategic change, leadership, executive coaching, and developing human potential. His leadership programs at Cornell and elsewhere have earned him a reputation for developing powerful leadership experiences that inspire doing well while doing good. The Park Leadership Fellows program is recognized as perhaps the most powerful leadership development experience in graduate management education. He has also worked with Fortune 500 companies, state and local educational systems, and some of the nation’s leading universities and non-profit organizations.                                                        

Clint is also the author of books: The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps to Achieving Personal and Organizational Greatness (Palgrave Macmillan (2005), and This Hungry Spirit: Your Need for Basic Goodness (Larson Publications (2009).

Clint’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal in the 1970s was part of the inspiration for organizing the first trek. Starting in 1990, Clint served on the Cornell Outdoor Education Advisory Board and has been a partner with COE and colleague of Dan Tillemans since then.

DAN TILLEMANS served as Director of Cornell Outdoor Education from 1984 to 1999.  During this time student participation grew tenfold, and COE became recognized as one of the leading university-based outdoor education programs in the nation. "Teamwork, Leadership, and Growth through Outdoor Experience" became the program motto.

During this time Dan Tillemans recruited an advisory board of Cornell alumni and actively engaged them on expeditions around the world, including the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, and the Swiss Alps. The momentum of these group experiences helped to create the alumni support needed to build The Phillips Outdoor Program Center, Lindseth Climbing Wall, and Hoffman Challenge Course, some of the finest facilities anywhere.

Dan Tillemans continues to teach professional teamwork and leadership development courses throughout the university, mentors both professional and student leaders, and continues to serve on the Cornell Outdoor Education Advisory Board.  In 2001, The "Dan Tillemans Director" of the Cornell Team and Leadership Center was endowed by a group of Cornell Alumni and named in honor of Dan Tillemans' many years of service to Cornell University.

Dan’s first trip to Nepal came in 1987, as a professional rock climber on a National Geographic funded expedition to the Annapurna Region to rig unclimbed vertical rock walls to study Himalayan Cliff Bees, with Cornell Entomologist Ben Underwood.  Dan’s most recent trip to Nepal was in 2014, to complete a father and son self-contained high altitude technical ascent of Tarpu Chuli, 18,579 feet, in the Annapurna Sanctuary (with Tobias Tillemans’01).