EXECUTIVES: Operation Outdoors

The sun was just peeking above the tops of the juniper trees when 17 men and women plunged into an icy duck pond near Utah's Fremont River Canyon for a prebreakfast dip. Soon after, the group set out on a 1,200-ft. descent to the canyon floor. That evening they dined on freeze-dried chili and M&M candies, then rested up for the next day's rappel down an 80-ft. cliff.

The campers looked like any group of seasoned hikers enjoying the outdoors, but they actually were previously officebound executives experiencing perhaps their most unusual assignment. At the suggestion of their companies, the...

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