Pilgrimage to Norway

Hemsedal, Days 1 and 2.  For rock climbing, it’s Yosemite. Alpine climbing – the Himalayas. But for ice climbing, Norway is Mecca, and this winter I made my pilgrimage. I had heard tales of 1,000-meter waterfalls, immobilized in the harsh grip of Norwegian winter, some massive, wide, and blue, others steep, narrow, and yellow, flowing down nooks and gulleys.

A Chilly New England Adventure

What a wild week in New England! My friends Steve and Andrea Charest invited me to speak at their ice climbing festival, the Smuggs Ice Bash, so I decided to do a “Tour de New England,” climbing classic routes across the region before the grand finale at Smuggs. 

No Barriers and Prudential

I really value companies like Prudential, who fully incorporate the No Barriers Life into their culture. After I spoke to their Retirement team last January, they have not only embraced the No Barriers concept but have taken it and run with it. They have sponsored No Barriers veterans programs, sent their leaders to participate in hikes at our annual What’s Your Everest and Summit events, and have woven the tenets of No Barriers into their team’s mindset.

A Little Pre-Turkey Canyoneering

Adventuring with my family is such a gift. I’m usually out on my expeditions with other climbers or kayakers, but right before Thanksgiving I took my wife and kids to Hanksville, Utah, to take part in an unusual activity - exploring deep canyons, often rappelling down into the bottom, and scrambling, slithering and scraping through to the end. Typically, in my own adventures I’m climbing up, so it was a nice change to go in reverse and rappel down.  

Be like Fallsmead Elementary - Take the pledge!

Hi Teachers!  Over the last two years, Fallsmead Elementary in Rockville, MD has been using the No Barriers Climb Program. Kids are tough critics, but the program has gotten rave reviews. Check out these No Barriers Pledges from some of their 5th-grade students:  We Pledge

No Barriers Baja

Baja California Sur is the home of Cabo San Lucas, the perennial party destination of college kids and families alike. However, a couple hours up the peninsula and off the beaten path is La Paz, the launching point to incredible beauty and adventure. Baja Sunset - Photo Credit: Rob Harsh

Broncos Country Hero Award

Last Sunday, I was honored to receive the Denver Broncos Country Hero Award! The award came with the opportunity to walk on the field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium and be featured on the big screen.

Chobani - A No Barriers Culture

Earlier this week I had the chance to go to Twin Falls, Idaho and work with the Chobani leadership team.

Elevating through Freedom Fidos

I met Matt Burgess in 2012 as part of a No Barriers Warriors climb up Cotopaxi, a 19,347-foot volcano in Ecuador. During training I learned about Matt’s numerous medical conditions, which happened in his Army deployments: several TBIs, a 50% decrease of his lung capacity due to inhaling exploded depleted uranium, and later an adverse reaction to the anthrax vaccination. Matt was in a bad place, and had a lot of reasons to give up and recoil from life.

East Coast Visit - Retracing Steps

Last week I flew to the East Coast for a sensational meeting with Paychex in Rochester, NY.  My friend and America’s Got Talent finalist, Mandy Harvey, joined me and wowed the crowd with her pitch-perfect voice. It was a No Barriers day for sure! Photo credit: Timothy J. Toal