2011 Archive

Soldiers To The Summit Film Announcement!

Exciting news! The feature film about our Lobuche expedition is now official and titled High Ground. We've had to keep this quiet for months but now we can spread the word. I can honestly tell you this film is going to blow you away! Nothing like it has ever been produced and Michael Brown has done an outstanding job making it happen. With the backing of a major Hollywood producer like Don Hahn, High Ground will have a tremendous impact upon everyone who sees it. Check out the press release and trailer:

Expedition Possible!

Mark Burnett isn't the only one creating incredible adventures. This past Labor Day, we invited friends to our place near Rollinsville, Colorado for a mini-expedition. Called Expedition Possible, twenty-four teams competed for the coveted prize: a picture of a Ford Explorer. The Explorer looked very much like the one presented to the Gypsies after their big win. It just wasn't as big.

Adventure TEAM Challenge article

Here is a great article by wheelchair athlete Sherry Shulz about her experience in the Adventure Team Challenge in June. It was published in Sports 'N Spokes, which is the magazine for wheelchair sports and recreation. A New Frontier -- Adventure Team Challenge  

No Barriers Summit leads to an award

Here's a cool story about a cool lady, Sarah Doherty. Years ago,she lost one leg at the hip due to a drunk driver. Not only did that not slow her down but she went on to climb the highest peak in North America. And Sarah didn't stop there...she went on to invent some super sophisticated crutches that allow people to do all sorts of outdoor adventures, year round.

Blind Motivation in Arizona

I’m not the only blind guy doing over-the-top adventures. This spring, my friend Mike Armstrong hiked the entire 782-mile length of the rugged Arizona Trail, which runs from the Mexico to Utah borders, in 45 days. In the process, Mike raised $22,000 for the Foundation for Blind Children (www.seeitourway.org), which has the mission to show people that blindness is a diagnosis, not a handicap.

Himalayan Stove Project

There are a lot of great non-profits doing important work in the world. Sometimes the smaller, lesser-known organizations are the ones doing the most good with the least fanfare or funding. The Himalayan Stove Project (HSP) is one such worthy cause. HSP was started by my old friend, George Basch, who I climbed Aconcagua with 14 years ago. George also accompanied me to base camp of Everest to see me off and wish me well. He’s trekked and climbed all over the world from Bhutan to Tanzania.

No Barriers Summit - Impressive Numbers Tell the Tale

The No Barriers Summit 2011 has been over for two months now, but the excitement it sparked for so many people is still buzzing in the air. So now, after the dust has settled a bit and we've had a chance to compile this information, we can share some cool stats with you: Did you know, there were over 1100 available spots in clinics this year? A total of 582 people from 42 different states and 3 countries attended!

Gypsies Colorado Adventure

Well this is the second week of withdrawal from Expedition Impossible and many of you may be feeling the lingering effects of going cold turkey. So I’ll brighten your day with some Gypsy love! As you know, we had a roaring party for the final episode that raised over $10,000 for No Barriers and Free The Children. Suffice to say, the party didn’t end when the show was over. So the next day, we got a late start and headed up to my house in the mountains about an hour from town.

Interview with Maximum Adventure

Here is an interview that I recently gave to Chris Taylor for the Maximum Adventure blog. http://maximumadventure.net/2011/09/01/erik-weihenmayer-inspiring-even-i...

Expedition Impossible Behind the Scenes Finale

Sure, we would have liked to win. But we were pretty happy coming in second to our friends, the Gypsies. They certainly deserved to win; after all they were first at nearly every stage and helped us squeak by several times throughout the challenges. However, Team No Limits was determined to make those Gypsy boys work for it! And we did get a lot of pleasure beating them in the sailing stage.

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