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20th Anniversary of Dr. Dahl's
Mt. Washington Misadventure

"October 23 was the 20th anniversary of my Mt. Washington Misadventure, when I almost died while hiking solo, lost on the mountain in the midst of a blizzard. Out of that came my book, What Better Place to Die. Here is the reenactment of my experience on Discovery Channel's StormForce TV series. My segment is the first on this episode. From this experience, I underwent a long period of infamy -- not the usual 15 minutes of fame, as per artist Andy Warhol."

Watch the StormForce episode about
Bernie lost on Mt. Washington


The Magnificent 7 Rescuers:
Michael Pelchat
Robert Adair
Neil Brodien
Peter Lewis
Benjamin Miller
Craig Taylor
Ian Turnbull
(who saved my life)


Androscoggin Search and Rescue
Mountain Rescue Service
New Hampshire Fish and Game
Appalachian Mountain Club
New Hampshire State Polilce
Deborah Perry, MD, Internist
(who saved my kidneys)

"Persevere or die trying."
-Bernie Dahl

I have enjoyed and survived climbing on big mountains throughout the world beyond the USA, with the help, guidance, and control by the guides and staff of Mountain Madness, Wilderness Travel, and Mountain Travel-Sobek. For example:

1989: Kilimanjaro, Africa - 19,341 feet
(With wife Elaine)

1993: Mt. Elbrus, Russia - 18,510 feet
(Highest mountain in Europe)

1994: Popo and Ixta, Mexico - 17,802+ feet

1996: Aconcagua, Argentina - 22,841 feet
(I only made it to 19,100. Boo!)

1998: Malinche, Mexico - 14,567 feet
(Blown off the mountain by Hurricane Mitch. Boo #2!)

2001: Mt. Everest Base Camp - 17,598 feet
(My patient hiking partner was Brazilian Luciano Pires.)

2002: Aconcagua II - 22,841 feet
(Still didn't summit. Boo #3!)

For decades, I suffered from myelodysplastic syndrome, including anemia and low white count, probably related to being a chemist, a physician, and a pathologist... which destroyed my immune system and my bone marrow. I suffered long-term aortic valvular stenosis... requiring special release forms for the three mountain-guide companies... in 2017, I got an Arnie Schwarzenegger aortic valve at Mayo Clinic (Minnesota) which, unfortunately, leaks... albeit mild.



Is it time to Optimize Your Life?

Perhaps you'd like to join us as we continue our quest for


of Dr. Bernie Dahl's international bestselling book...


Now that we have recouped our investment in publishing this book, we would like to offer:

Optimize Your Life! ebook edition (in ePub format)


Optimize Your Life! Interactive Worksheets



The ebook edition is the complete text with all illustrations and worksheets from the print edition. And the Interactive Worksheets are form-fillable, 8.5x11-sized sheets that you can fill out to do your personal strategic planning.

Just click here to download them FREE! All we ask is for your email address and your first name and we'll send you a download link.

NOTE: Okay, there's a catch. Dr. Dahl started out in medical school at Cornell University Medical College with the intention of becoming a plastic surgeon to help children. He was enticed to become a pathologist after graduation, but he continues to support his original dream. If you download the ebook or Interactive Worksheets, won't you consider making a donation to a great cause, Operation Smile? You can learn more by visiting

Operation Smile

Since the first American edition in 2004, Optimize Your Life!:

• There have been editions in China, India, Japan, and Korea, plus worldwide editions from Saudi Arabia and Spain

• Dr. Dahl has presented keynote addresses based on this book in five countries.

• Trionics offers free downloadable OYL! worksheets.

• The book is in ebook and print formats on Amazon.

Attention libraries, book reviewers, and journalists: Upon written request to, we can provide print copies and ebooks of both Optimize Your Life! and What Better Place to Die.

Optimize Your Life!

Mark Victor Hansen (left) with Dr. Bernie Dahl

Bernhoff A. Dahl, M.D., physician, entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, and mountaineer, has successfully applied the power of the synergistic merging of personal and organizational strategic planning, during 25-years "in the trenches" of medical group practice and a range of business ventures.

Through his techniques and principles as presented in his books, workshops, and newsletters, based on his book series,

Optimize Your Life!

Dr. Dahl can assist you as you...

Take charge of your life... or someone else will!

Above is Dr. Dahl with Mark Victor Hansen of
Chicken Soup for the Soul fame. Check out Mark's
quote about the book below.



"Everyone needs to be strategic. My friend, Dr. Bernie,
makes it easy to understand and do—instantly!"
-Mark Victor Hansen, co-author,
Chicken Soup for the Soul 

"This exciting book is a hands-on, principle-centered approach to success. Complete
the worksheets, pay the price, and you will make 
a significant
difference in your life and in the world."
-Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

"Everyone is born with a range of abilities unique to him or her. It's fair to say that these
abilities are essentially your core strengths. Dr. Bernie has written a wonderful guide on how to
get the most out of your life by tapping into vast reservoirs of talent. Armed with this
knowledge, you will be able to avoid stress and achieve satisfaction throughout all areas of life!"
-Gary Ryan Blair, The GoalsGuy

  • Order a paperback copy on Amazon

What Better Place to Die

Join Dr. Bernie Dahl as he shares his story and the lessons he learned inhis Mt. Washington misadventure.

"Mt. Washington, New Hampshire: It was truly a "dark and stormy night," perhaps the darkest and stormiest of my life, for I came within five minutes of death... my death... because my rescuers were about to give up!

During the long night, as I lay waiting for rescue in "whiteout" conditions, with wind gusts to 98 miles per hour, and then waiting for Death, I had abundant time to think about living... to think about dying."

It has been said since ancient times...
that to know how to live...
one must first learn how to die.

Bernhoff A. Dahl, M.D., author, speaker, consultant, humorist, and veteran mountaineer shares his life-threatening experience in a postive, motivational, and inspirational message focusing on three admonitions:

  1. Be Prepared to Die!
  2. Have a Plan to Live!
  3. Do it Now!


  • Order a paperback copy on Amazon 

  • Order the ebook version on Amazon 

Watch the Reenactment on The Learning Channel's
Broadcast on the StormForce TV Series!

In 2001, Discovery Channel and Pioneer Productions told the story of Bernie's misadventure on Mt. Washington as the lead segment on its TV series. StormForce, season two, "Extreme Weather." October 23 will be the 20th anniversary of his Mt. Washington Misadventure, when he almost died while hiking solo, lost on the mountain in the midst of a blizzard. Out of that came the book, What Better Place to Die.

You can watch the reenactment of Bernie's experience on StormForce -- with Bernie starring as himself in a great piece. His segment is the first on this episode. "From this experience, I underwent a long period of infamy -- not the usual 15 minutes of fame, as per artist Andy Warhol," says Bernie.

Watch the StormForce episode about
Bernie lost on Mt. Washington

Bernhoff A. Dahl, M.D.
Dr. Dahl is available:
  • a keynote speaker
  • ...a workshop leader
  • ...for media interviews

Contact for details.


Below are some sample keynote and workshop titles.
Optimize Your Life!
Based on his International Best-selling book series which focuses on personal strategic planning.
Suddenly You Are the Leader... Now What?
Based on his 25 years of "in-the-trenches" experience, frustration, and success in a wide range of business ventures and consultation in medical practice and well beyond.
Lessons for Living from a Mt. Washington Misadventure
Based on his latest book, What Better Place to Die, wherein he shares insights gained from his near-death experience.


"Dr. Dahl is the motivational speaker that your mother warned you about"
-Ralph Waldo Ferguson, 
Philosopher and Cinematographer

Since 1981, TRIONICS International Inc. has offered a wide range of books, workbooks,
and CDs/DVDs on the topics of Organizational Design (with a focus on
Synergy), and Dynamics,
as well as professional Leadership Issues and Skills with a focus on
Strategic Planning.

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