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. 

Pedro Sotelo: Making a Difference

My friend and No Barriers Warriors graduate Pedro Sotelo, exemplifies the No Barriers life element, Elevate - to share the lessons you’ve learned and give back to your community. Pedro and his No Barriers Warriors team on an expedition in Peru, 2013

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:

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