Erik's Outreach

Erik's outreach is focused on helping others tackle personal challenges, whatever they may be, to reach their full potential. His message, purveyed through his books and speaking, is instrumental in sharing the No Barriers Mindset with people around the world.  Much of Erik's work is still very hands-on, and he actively works with programs that foster the No Barriers Mindset.

His outreach includes working with the nonprofit he co-founded, No Barriers, to promote community sharing of ideas and inspiration that can help others achieve the life of their dreams, a life that matters. Through No Barriers Youth, Erik helps young people develop a guiding vision and gather the tools to change their own lives and make difference in the world.  The No Barriers Warriors program uses the mountains as a tool and metaphor for roping up and climbing to help veterans struggling to re-engage with the world around them. Blind Skiers Edge seeks to enhance the skiing experience for the visually impaired.

Check out these great examples of how to engage with your No Barriers Life!



  • No Barriers

    In 2005, Erik helped create No Barriers USA, an organization based on the assumption that each person, regardless of age, state of mind or physical condition, has a thirst for adventure and a hope for the future that is worthy of igniting.

  • No Barriers Warriors

    In 2010, Erik and his Everest team led a group of disabled soldiers, all injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, to the summit of Lobuche, a 20,100-foot peak in the Himalayas.

  • No Barriers Youth

    Erik has been part of No Barriers for many years. In 2006 and 2009, he led groups of sighted and non-sighted students to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. 

  • Blind Skier's Edge

    Erik and his friend Jeff Ulrich developed a new system where the guide is in front and gives verbal directions that more accurately describe the terrain.

  • Anchor Center for Blind Children

    The mission of Anchor Center for Blind Children is to teach visually impaired infants, young children and their families, providing hope and a nurturing environment where children reach their highest potential.

  • Access Fund

    Erik believes that climbing areas should be kept open to the public unless there is a risk of environmental damage.

  • Trust for Public Land

    This is a great organization that protects land in and around cities and pioneers new land conservation techniques.