2010 Archive

2nd Race Across The Sky screening

Attention friends living in Austin, Boston, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville, Los Angeles, Madison, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, or San Francisco areas!

No Barriers in Eldorado!

While I was away in Nepal this October climbing with our soldiers, the team at No Barriers USA held an exciting event near Boulder, Colorado. No Barriers is the non-profit organization on which I serve as a director. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about the upcoming No Barriers Summit that will be held June 30-July 3 next summer in nearby Winter Park, Colorado.

Passing of a Great Woman

It saddens me to report the passing of Kathy Urschel, an incredible woman who was the epitome of my message about using adversity as fuel instead of letting it overwhelm you. At the age of 21, Kathy had lost her vision and by 28 she also lost her hearing (later restored with cochlear implants). Most people who had gone blind and deaf at a young age would resort to bitterness and woe-is-me outlook on life. Not Kathy! She took on adversity and showed the world that it wasn't going to keep her down.

Veterans Day Tribute

This powerful and beautiful video tribute is part of the footage that Michael Brown brought back from our Soldiers To The Summit Expedition. Please watch it and share with your friends!

Lobuche trip report

I’m finally home from my Soldiers to the Summit expedition after what seems like a long time away. I’ve actually been home for a week now dealing with a case of giardia (a nasty waterborne parasite) on the expedition that manifested itself during my last few days in country. As they say, you can leave Nepal, but it doesn’t leave you. So I’ve been laying low over the last week trying to kick this tough illness. Seems there’s often a price to pay for reaching for big things.

The Adversity Advantage - Excerpt #2

As you may know, I just returned from a month long expedition to the Himalayas helping to lead a team of injured soldiers to a 20,000+ foot summit near Everest. One team member, Steve Baskis, is not only blind but has pretty serious nerve damage on his left hand. We had three amputees, three folks who struggle with post-traumatic stress, and others who struggle with brain injuries. To use a positive pessimism, "All our soldiers have serious disabilities, but at least we're attempting a dangerous high-altitude Himalayan giant."

A Lost Friend

The euphoria of our successful Soldiers To The Summit expedition has been dampened by the tragic news of the loss of our friend, Chhewang Nima Sherpa. Only seven days after he stood with us on the summit of Lobuche, Chhewang was fixing ropes near the summit of Baruntse, which is one valley to the east. He was at about 23,000 feet when a corniced ridge collapsed, sweeping him away. An immediate rescue was launched but it eventually had to be called off due the danger to rescuers.

"Race Across The Sky" Film Premier!

On Thursday, November 4th, the film about this year's Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race will premier at the Paramount Theater in Denver. Called "Race Across The Sky," this promises to be even better than the movie they made the year before!

Call for Nominations and Applications!

Do you know an exceptional student (between the ages of 14 and 21) who would benefit from a unique travel and leadership program? If so, or that's you, I encourage you to apply for the Rim To River Expedition! This trip will be from July 6 to July 17 next summer and the deadline for applications is November 15th.

Final Team Call from Kathmandu

Please join our Soldiers To The Summit team for a live broadcast from Kathmandu! It starts at 11 AM Eastern time and will last about an hour. You can ask the soldiers questions about their experience, either by typing them in or by voice if your computer has a microphone. Here is the registration link for Wednesday's final Lobuche webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/685125048

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