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

No Barriers Educo Camp

My team and I just visited the new No Barriers camp, Educo, above Fort Collins in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. It’s 150 pristine acres surrounded by forest service land, and it’s stunning. There’s a pinnacle of granite rock in the middle for easy rock climbing and an array of different stations scattered throughout the terrain like a ropes course. The  grounds are being intentionally kept relatively low key to align with the vision of the camp - to maintain the integrity of the beautiful surroundings and provide an immersive experience with nature.

Reflections From a Rainy Fall

With a busted finger and bruised ribs from my excursion to the Alps in August, I haven’t been doing much climbing. In fact, my post-summer training has been a whole lot of my favorite supplements, like almond croissants and hazelnut lattes. While I recover and do my physical therapy, I can’t help but reflect on some of the awesome adventures I had this summer leading up to the Piz Badile. 

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