2011 Archive

Ring The Bell!

Hi Everyone, I received this wonderful note from the mom of a young boy I met while speaking at their community school. Her son is an amazing kid full of spark and passion - despite some challenges like a missing arm. YuYu had a great success yesterday that he has asked me to write to you about. You were one of the first people he wanted to be sure heard about this.

Holiday Fundraiser Success!

On Christmas Eve, a terrific group of volunteers donated their time to help raise money for the Soldiers To The Summits program. Working in two hour shifts, our community "Bagged for Tips" at the local Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World. By simply standing at the cash registers and explaining what S2S is about, we raised over $2,000 for the upcoming program!

Backcountry Coalition interview, Part 2

This is the second half of the interview I did with Jeremy Dobish for the Backcountry Coalition. This time I talk about some of my gear issues, favorite ski destinations, and more. Happy Holidays! Erik  

Kyle and Kevin on TV - Mission Kilimanjaro

In just 18 days, my good friend Kevin Cherilla will be leading another expedition to climb the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. What makes this trip unique is he will be guiding Kyle Maynard, who is attempting to become the first upper-level quadruple amputee to climb the mountain. And Kyle will do it entirely under his own power!

Backcountry Coalition interview

Here is an interview I did recently with Jeremy Dobish for the Backcountry Coalition. This is a cool, grassroots community of backcountry skiers from around the United States who share information, trip reports, photos, and the general enthusiasm of getting off the beaten track. If you enjoy off-piste skiing, you should join them. Best of all, it's free! Erik

Canadian Oatmeal Adventure

Recently, I returned from a unique adventure in Canada where we filmed a television commercial for Quaker Oats. I had spoken a couple times to the Quaker team, and told them that we religiously ate oatmeal at midnight in our tent before a big climb. It’s light to carry, easy to heat up, and fuels you for an amazing day ahead. So simulating this ritual was the plan for the ad.

Great No Barriers Summit article

Here is a great article by my friend Bob Vogel that just came out in the December issue of New Mobility magazine. It focuses on the No Barriers Summit and discusses all the adaptive technology available for outdoor recreation. New Mobility No Barriers Summit article

Health & Wellness article

Here is a recent article that features my friends Tricia Downing and Malcolm Daly, as well as myself. All of us are outdoor athletes, who happen to have disabilities, living in the Colorado Front Range and this is distributed at hospitals and doctors offices in the same region. It should provide some hope for people facing their own adversities. NoLimits_H&W_editorial

Friday Inspiration - Steve Baskis

Click the link below for a great article in Chicago Magazine about my friend Steve Baskis. He was one of the soldiers on our Lobuche expedition in Nepal last year who made it to the summit. Since we are both blind, Steve and I have a special connection. This article was written by Brian Mockenhaupt and talks about Steve's recent ascent of Kilimanjaro in Africa that was led by my friend Kevin Cherilla; both Brian and Kevin were on our Soldiers To The Summit expedition too.

S2S Reflections - Nicolette Maroulis

Here in the United States, we are about to celebrate one of our most important holidays -- Thanksgiving. Thursday isn't about a religious celebration or national pride, it's simply a day to pause and give thanks for all that we are blessed. This seemed an appropriate time to check in with some of the team from last year's Soldiers To The Summit (S2S) expedition. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from some of the injured soldiers, and the climbing team who supported them, on what the program means to them.

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