2017 Archive

What's Your Everest 2017

In August we held our 2017 No Barriers event, What’s Your Everest.  Every year WYE has been growing in size and impact. This was our biggest yet with 130 participants and over 81k raised for No Barriers – a record-breaking amount for this event! Photo Credit: Dylan Miller, No Barriers

Mandy Harvey on America's Got Talent

On Tuesday, my wife Ellen and I had the honor of joining Mandy Harvey in Los Angeles for her live performance in the America's Got Talent Semifinals!

Adventure and Tragedy in the Alps

I'm now home safely in Colorado after a big summer climb that turned out to be full of adventure and fun, but also some challenge, uncertainty, and tragedy. Having visited the Italian Dolomites and the Alps several times, I've always been blown away by the pioneers of the 1930's and 40's like Cassin, Comici, and Bonatti, who set these bold and preposterous lines up massive rock and ice faces the size of El Capitan and often bigger.

Remembering Dan Rossi

I was so shocked to hear about the passing of my friend, Dan Rossi. Back in 2001, Dan hiked to Everest base camp with me and my climbing team. Blind like me, Dan showed his grit and positive mindset; it’s a long, rocky, high-altitude trail and Dan forged ahead every day with a smile on his face and with a sense of happiness and gratitude. However, he’d been a mentor of mine long before that.

2017 No Barriers Summit Wrap Up

2017 marked our 9th No Barriers Summit, and each one has been better than the last. The No Barriers Summit is such a deeply lived experience that it’s difficult to sum it up. The immersive workshops, innovative technologies, and myriad of amazing people truly exemplify what we call a “No Barriers Life.” The Summit is the place where all our ideas become reality, and barriers are blasted through. Here are some highlights from this year’s Summit, held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, California.

Choose to Live

Mark Wellman is one of my personal heroes who I write about in No Barriers. His own No Barriers journey began when he was only 22 and suffered a terrible fall in the Sierras that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Excerpt from No Barriers:

The Dream Factory

In my book, No Barriers, I share my experience leading a group of blind Tibetan teens up a peak called Lhakpa Ri. The climb itself was a profound experience for me, but even more so, was learning about these student's lives. Shortly after returning from Mt. Everest, I received a letter from Sabriye Tenberken, teacher and founder of a school for the blind in Tibet. Sabriye went blind at age 12, and having experienced her own sense of alienation and loneliness, she made it her life’s mission to combat people’s assumptions of blindness. Excerpt:

Excerpt from No Barriers: Pioneer Terry Fox

In my new book, No Barriers, I write about the pioneers who helped me illuminate the map of a No Barriers Life, and Terry Fox was the beginning of it all. Excerpt from No Barriers:

Turning into the Storm

Hey Everyone, No Barriers has been out for over a month now, and thanks to those who have supported it. We’re making an impact, and the movement is growing day by day.