This week, I gave a talk in Hong Kong for a well-known company. It was a great opportunity to bring my family along to see some of the world. Emma and Arjun had to miss a few days of school but we feel this experience is worth it.
Happy Memorial Day!
Check out my article on Outside Online about our ascent of Everest. It’s a brief retrospective of the great team effort that went into my reaching the summit.
I’ve never met Jeremy McGhee but I already like him. He shares the No Barriers mindset that I advocate so tirelessly. Jeremy is paralyzed from the waist down and has set out the goal of skiing Bloody Couloir near Mammoth Lakes, California. This backcountry descent requires a 4.5-mile approach with 2,200 feet of elevation gain just to get to the bottom. Then you climb straight up up the 2,600-foot chute before you ski down it. Oh and by the way, a good portion of the the slope is 45° (most double black diamond ski runs are around 40°).
Jeremy hasn’t done it yet but I have no doubt that he will. Once a pioneer with a No Barriers mindset establishes a goal, there is no stopping him or her! Check out this great video of his training and follow his blog:
This morning, I was a guest on a local television station, Fox 31, where I talked about the upcoming Adventure TEAM Challenge. Here’s a link to the interview: http://kdvr.com/2012/05/11/adventure-team-challenge-2/
And for those of you in the Denver area, I will be on Channel 7 News this Sunday morning. Stay tuned!
I’m really excited about the launch of the new No Barriers website, logo and tagline today at www.nobarriersusa.org. This marks a major step in our recent merger with Global Explorers and it gives a clear indication of the direction we are heading.
Here’s some insight into how the No Barriers board and staff developed the new look:
Logo Design: We wanted a logo that conveyed possibility, freedom, determination and boldness. The result is a simple, strong and iconic logo symbol.
Web Design: The design of the web site was driven by the desire to convey our message that No Barriers strives to unleash the power of the human spirit. Throughout the site, we use powerful imagery (I’m told) and text as well as a strong graphic style. Yet at the same time, the site is accessible and easily navigated.
Tagline: “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.” We used to ask the question, “What’s in your way?” Now we’ve gone a step further with a tagline that declares our No Barriers mindset simply and effectively. The No Barriers mindset is the realization that we can build the vision, tools and support systems to attack challenges head on, break through them, and create a life rich in fulfillment, purpose and impact.
Special thanks to the folks at Stone Ward who donated their time and talent to bring this all together for No Barriers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Please share your thoughts on the logo and site by sending an email to email@example.com.
Recently, I was speaking to executives at a major computer company near San Francisco. This was a great opportunity to bring my wife Ellie along for a mini-vacation. It was only a weekend but we did have a great time sea kayaking in Half Moon Bay. The wind was howling and the waves were a couple feet high in places. The guy we rented kayaks from tried to talk us out of it, saying it was miserable out there. That just made the adventure more exciting. Here are a couple of photos from that day.
In a few weeks, I’ll return to Hong Kong for another talk. And this time I’m bringing Ellie and both of my kids! Hong Kong is an amazing place with beautiful jungle trails, mountain walks and Buddhist temples. Believe it or not, 70% of the island is undeveloped. The kids are missing school, but I think this is an educational experience way more valuable than the classroom.
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