Torklift has arrived to the top of Mt. Rainier!

Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw embarked on their journey to the highest peak of Mount Rainier on Sunday.

The climbing duo made it to the top Tuesday morning alerting everyone of their triumph via a message from their satellite phone: 

At the top of the mountain

Kay and Bushaw began their final ascent to the top shortly after midnight on Monday. They crawled across crevasses using aluminum ladders in the dark of the night. The crevasses loomed below them hundreds of feet in depth while they used mere flashlights to light the way.

Climbing up the mountain

The Torklift team will be meeting Kay and Bushaw at Paradise Trail Head this afternoon to welcome them down from the mountain.

Prior to the final climb to the top, they rested at what is known as Base Camp Two, a whopping elevation of 11,500 feet. The total elevation of the mountain is 14,411 feet. Upon reaching Base Camp Two, they went to sleep at roughly 6 p.m. in preparation for waking up at 1 a.m. to complete the climb. They slept on ice glaciers in tents.

Prior to turning in for the night, Kay shared a few thoughts about the climb:

“We are heading to bed now for a 1a.m. wake-up call and the start of our 14 hour ascent and descent back down to Paradise Trail Head. Guides gave several warnings about points to turn around and go back down. We already have one person on our team that has decided they have had enough adventure and will be remaining at base camp two with one of our five guides. Our lead guide said we need a minimum of two guides to summit. I have spent a lot of time thinking about why I am doing this...

At first it was an exciting adventure celebrating 40 years in business. Then it became something I needed to prove to myself as I trained for so many months.

Now though, it is completely carrying the hearts, souls and dreams of my team Torklift, God willing, to the summit and back.

It is not just the highest point I have ever been but the highest honor to make what is certainly the most epic adventure a reality for my team.”

-Torklift International President Jack Kay

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Torklift to Summit Mount Rainier

MT. RAINIER, Wash., — The Torklift International team is making their ascent to the top of Mount Rainier right now.

Torklift President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw began their climb to the top this morning.

The pair is climbing the mountain because they have a craving for adventure.

If they complete their journey to the top of the 14,411 foot mountain, they will plant the Torklift International flag at the peak and announce a new mystery product to be called, “Summit.”

Kay and Bushaw are the last climbing team permitted on the mountain for the season as the weather becomes too treacherous for climbing. The climbing team is called Omega. They will be battling various terrains as well as the potential for altitude sickness.

The climb will entail crossing crevasses that are hundreds of feet deep, darkness and cold weather. They are expected to summit on Tuesday. Their descent down the mountain will conclude at Paradise Trail Head where they will be greeted by Torklift International staff. 

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Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director will conclude their descent on Mount Rainier at Paradise Trail Head pictured above.

Good luck Jack and Sheryl, everyone is rooting for you!

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Catalytic converters...by Torklift Jen

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By Torklift Jen

Winning teams have players who make things happen. These are the get-it-done people in a successful organization.  There are even some who take it a step further and are agents for change, creativity, and motivation.  Torklift International is made up of these kinds of people.

As a student of Torklift, one of the assignments we are challenged with is team building with modules in teamwork and leadership skills.

A resource for all employees is John Maxwell’s 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team.  The author is well known in the area of motivational speaking, leadership training, and building corporate success.  He uses his personal experience and stories of people and events to explain his points.  It’s like getting into the head of my mentor’s mentors.

One point of particular focus is named the Law of the Catalyst.

Like the important component of a vehicle’s exhaust system, a catalytic converter takes the toxic emissions from a vehicle and turns it into a clean, efficient, well running and controlled machine.  We don’t make them, but our plant is full of catalysts in another form.


Maxwell uses Michael Jordan as a great example of a team catalyst.  Perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, he was extraordinarily talented on the court and also possessed the ability to bring intensity to the game.  Even after retiring, he continued to stir players by joining in and fueling the competition with good natured “trash talking” and consistently elevating them and pushing everyone on to the next level.polaroid2

Catalysts are the positive influencers.  Everybody has a bad day, faced a daunting challenge, or just been a little off their game.   I’ve recently come to work with this season’s nasty cold, spewing my own toxic emissions and looking to produce under the weather results.  These people are marked by always being ready to step up and get in the game, they are intuitive, good communicators, passionate, talented, creative, responsible, generous and influencing.

An organization with empowered catalysts is always striving and full of momentum.  Ready or not, Torklift International is up for another big year and in this case action will speak louder than words, so it’s back to work for Torklift Jen.

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