Charlie Wittmack

World-class Adventurer, World-Tri Athlete, Attorney, Speaker

On July 1, 2010, American adventurer, Charlie Wittmack, stepped into the shallow waters the River Thames. The frigid English river marked the beginning of the World Tri, the world’s longest triathlon. Wittmack had 8,000 miles ahead of him on the road to his final destination—the summit of Mount Everest. It’s no wonder why the BBC calls the World Tri “the toughest human endurance event ever conceived.” His route stretched across 11 countries and 2 continents, bearing some of the most rugged mountains and treacherous deserts in the world.

The struggles Wittmack faced were immense. He endured amoebic dysentery, pulmonary and cerebral edema, and was hit by a car while cycling across Kazakhstan. Wittmack pursued, and 10 months later he summited Everest, became an international phenomenon, and changed the world of endurance sports forever.

Wittmack’s account of the expedition is one of extraordinary resolve and determination, and success in the face of unprecedented challenge.

Charlie Wittmack has been organizing major expeditions for almost twenty years. As an explorer, Charlie is best known for being the first person to complete the “The World Triathlon,” an 8000-mile triathlon that stretches from rural England to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal.  In 2010, Wittmack became the first American to complete the “Peak and Pond,” a rare sports-double composed of swimming the English Channel and climbing Mount Everest. Wittmack is also the first American to have swum the length of the River Thames in England.

Wittmack has stood atop peaks on dozens of expeditions to Alaska, Africa, the Andes, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He has trekked across East Africa with the Maasai tribesmen, sailed the Indian Ocean in a handmade boat, and completed numerous marathon ocean swims around the world.

In 2010, Wittmack was elected as a Fellow National in the Explorers Club in Manhattan as recognition for his contributions to the field of exploration and adventure. He is also a member of the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Charlie utilizes his expertise as an attorney and explorer to help charities from around the world reach their maximum potential through his organization Charity-Launch. He also enjoys at-home adventures with his wife, Cate, and 2 sons.

Whether you’re trying to cross the Kazakh Desert by bicycle or motivate your team to reach a sales goal in Q4, Charlie Wittmack will provide you and your team with the tools you need for success.

As a former defense attorney, Wittmack is trained to identify and solve his client’s problems quickly and efficiently.  He is a master at articulating complex business topics in simple terms while keeping the conversation entertaining and exciting by drawing on examples from his life as an explorer.

As a speaker, Wittmack maximizes his clients’ return-on-investment by customizing his keynote for each audience through a highly collaborative process with each host. The result is a keynote that educates and inspires, while delivering a consistent organizational message to participants in a way that few speakers can.

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Wittmack’s journey was covered across the globe from the International Herald Tribune, to CNN, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, Outside Online, and beyond.

Client Feedback

“The best we’ve ever had!”   – Wendy’s Corporation, High School Heisman Award

“Customization was incredible – the best I’ve ever seen it done.  Charlie listened to the CEO in the morning, and integrated our CEO’s message completely into his closing session.”  – Hy-Vee Foods, General Merchandise Annual Meeting

“His presentation was so well customized – it was as if he was one of us.”  – Wells Fargo Finance, First Quarter Conference

Keynote “Very insightful…so many thought provoking ideas…the best ever!” – Lennox Corporation

“Awe-striking…truly engaging…amazing!” – ITA Group, Annual Meeting Keynote and ongoing elements during a year-long training Program

“Tremendous…outstanding…inspiring…entertaining!” – Large Association of Banks

“One of the few speakers who I still receive comments about more than a year after the event!” – Iowa Health Physicians

“Highly recommended…dynamic and memorable…one of the best additions to our annual convention.”  – Large Association of Grocers

Certified Continuing Education Provider

Charlie has been approved to provide continuing education seminars for the following professional designations:  (i) medical doctor; (ii) nurse practitioners (iii) registered nurse; (iv) licensed practicing nurse; and (v) certified project manager.  Please contact us to determine if we can meet the continuing education requirements of your professional organization.

Professional Memberships

National Speakers Association
American Alpine Club
American Bar Association

Travels from: Iowa