2010 Archive

Soldiers in the News

Here is an article about our Soldiers to the Summit climb that ran today in the Boulder newspaper: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15689469

Adversity Advantage pre-sale

I've recently received a few advance copies of my newest book and am super excited! Although it bears the same name as the previous edition, this new deluxe version is infinitely better. We completely re-worked the text to make it more readable, I've added numerous stories from my adventures to illustrate points, and there are over 30 color photos.

Interviewed for Outside blog

As many of you know, I'm racing the Leadville 100 bike race in about ten days. Here's a recent interview I gave about this craziness to Outside magazine's blog.

Adventure TEAM Challenge race report

In late June, we held the 4th annual Adventure Team Challenge (ATC) and it was definitely the best race yet! If you missed my previous blog post, this is a two-day event where each 5-person team has at least two disabled athletes, one of whom is a wheelchair user.

Wheelchair Bound?!

Next time you see someone "bound" to a wheelchair, perhaps you'll think of Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham. Now 18, Aaron was born with spina bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord, but that hasn't slowed him down. Check out Aaron's web site for more amazing feats!

Climbing Interview

If you're interested, I was recently interviewed by Climbing magazine about my Alpamayo ascent.

Words of Encouragement - Forget the Suffering

Sometimes I have the opportunity to help school groups by offering words of encouragement. Particularly for blind students, hearing it from another blind person means more than what a sighted person tells them. Recently my friend Chris Lynch asked me to speak to his group of students before they made a grueling climb of Mount Baldy. At 10,064 feet, this is the highest point in Los Angeles County and the third highest peak in Southern California.

Meet My Kenyan Namesake

But it’s not what you think! My friend, Joash from Nairobi, told me, if we summited Kenya, he'd name his unborn son after me. Darndest thing—he did just that. Meet Oliver Weihenmayer Nambute.

Rollins Pass training ride

As some of you know, my tandem partner, John Lemon, and I are training for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, which is just a month away. We've been doing local rides on the road bike during the week and getting out for longer rides on my mountain bike on the weekends. This past Sunday, rode over 11,680-foot Rollins Pass--both ways!

Alpamayo — First Blind Ascent

Alpamayo is a mountain that pulls at the heartstrings of all climbers. Even though I can’t see it, I know that it is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Anyone with a sense of adventure who does see its dramatic southwest face can’t help but imagine following the natural lines to the summit. I’ve been thinking about this mountain for years and finally made it happen.