2011 Archive

Expedition Impossible Behind the Scenes #7

Prior to this episode, a lot of people have been asking about Ike because he has been underrepresented on the show. At last, Ike had his chance to shine! It’s crazy that there have been so many opportunities to get hurt—running along riverbeds, jumping off cliffs, charging down rocky slopes, plunging through snowfields—and Ike trashes his ankle getting into a taxi. In Morocco, there is a gutter between the sidewalk and the road and that’s what caught his foot.

Team No Limits entry to Expedition Impossible

Tonight's a big night for Team No Limits on Expedition Impossible! It's safe to say that this will be a game changer...and leaping off a waterfall was just a warm up for this episode. Will you be watching? Before Jeff, Ike, and I became reality TV stars, we had to get on the show. Part of the lengthy application process for all the teams was putting together a brief video that told the producers why we should be selected. As you can tell, we took this very seriously!

Curing Blindness in Nigeria

My good friend Geoff Tabin has climbed Everest and the other Seven Summits. He's also Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Over the past 15 years, Geoff has organized cataract removal projects around the globe, starting in the Himalaya and expanding to other regions.

Expedition Impossible Teaser #7

Here is a teaser commercial for Thursday's episode where Ike gets more attention than he wanted! ABC hasn't figured out online videos so this may or may not play on your browser.

Expedition Impossible Behind the Scenes #6

Another tough stage in Morocco! Lot’s of people commented on how beautiful the waterfall was at the beginning of the show, but I didn’t have a second to take in the beauty. Jeff and I were running down steep, broken, uneven stairs, crossing the river and scrambling along a narrow trail. Plenty of times a misstep to the left would have sent me plunging 50 feet off a cliff or tumbling down a rocky slope into the river.

People Magazine Q&A

Wow, I made the same page as Roseanne Barr! This is from the July 22nd issue of the "#1 celebrity magazine."

Expedition Impossible Behind the Scenes #5

Well ABC billed this episode as “A Blind Man’s Nightmare” and it lived up to the hype. Though relatively flat, this is the type of terrain that is brutally hard on me. The loose rocks and uneven ground are incredibly treacherous for sighted people too—witness John’s blown ankle. When I’m charging along behind Jeff or Ike, holding on to their pack, it’s impossible for them to warn me about every danger.

Expedition Impossible Behind the Scenes #4

As you can imagine, Team No Limits was pretty psyched for the stage in the Atlas Mountains! Jeff and I both live around 5,500 feet so we barely even felt the altitude. Ike is the flatlander who lives in Kansas. But he had climbed a 20,000-foot peak in Nepal with us back in October so he didn’t have much problem with the thin air either.

No Barriers Summit Major Success!

The 2011 No Barriers Summit was definitely our best yet! It had a big impact on everyone who attended. We had so many great participants who took advantage of their own adversities propelled themselves forward to new heights.

Nice NPR Story

Here's a nice story that rand today on some NPR stations in the Southwest region. It's about a program that I helped develop called Leading The Way, which takes teens who are visually impaired along with sighted teens on adventures around the world. The latest trip was to the Grand Canyon.

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