The Sherpas on Mt. Everest have a saying: “The summit is only the halfway summit.” While it is a tremendous accomplishment to reach the top, it’s not the end of the journey. Specifically, you now have to get back down, often the hardest part.

This lesson is equally true off the mountain. Summits are important milestones, but the ultimate value is when you take the gifts earned through your struggle and use them to ELEVATE your community and be a leader who serves.  

Below are some ways I try to elevate.



  • Reach Award & Reach Scholarships

    The Reach Award and Reach Scholarships are presented by the Reach Foundation. They acknowledge individuals who have broken through personal barriers in order to elevate their family, their community and the world. These people exemplify the No Barriers Life element “Reach,” the arduous process of pushing through uncertainty towards immense possibilities. 



  • No Barriers Pledge

    Your pledge doesn’t have to be to climb a big scary mountain, but it should be a commitment to break through a barrier holding you back, or to reach for a goal that has eluded you. It could be a pledge to lose weight or quit smoking, or it could be to start that business you've dreamed abut or write that novel. Do the difficult, unexpected thing. That’s where life begins!

  • No Barriers

    No Barriers became a reality in the dramatic Dolomites of Italy in 2004. This organization is 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. Our motto: "What's Within You is Stronger Than What's in Your Way." 

  • Anchor Center for Blind Children

    I'm a strong supporter of this center as they strive to provide education, hope and a nurturing environment to visually impaired infants, young children and their families. Every child should be allowed to reach their highest potential and I know the work accomplished at the Anchor Center sets children and their parents on the right path. 

  • Access Fund

    As a climber, it is my duty to work towards protecting America's climbing routes. Today, 1 in 5 climbing areas in the United States is threatened by an access issue—whether it's private land lost to development, public land managers over-regulating climbing, or climber impacts degrading the environment, the list of threats is long and constantly evolving. My climb up the Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon helped support the fund's great work.


  • Trust for Public Land

    Creating parks and protecting land for people, the Trust for Public Land is one of my favorite non-profits. I helped lead spectacular hikes to the Zion Narrows and Wilson Peak in Colorado to raise awareness about easy access to safe places to play in nature.