2012 Archive

Everest Article on Outside

Check out my article on Outside Online about our ascent of Everest. It's a brief retrospective of the great team effort that went into my reaching the summit.

Jeremy McGhee -- A Man After My Own Heart

I've never met Jeremy McGhee but I already like him. He shares the No Barriers mindset that I advocate so tirelessly. Jeremy is paralyzed from the waist down and has set out the goal of skiing Bloody Couloir near Mammoth Lakes, California. This backcountry descent requires a 4.5-mile approach with 2,200 feet of elevation gain just to get to the bottom. Then you climb straight up up the 2,600-foot chute before you ski down it. Oh and by the way, a good portion of the the slope is 45° (most double black diamond ski runs are around 40°).

TV Appearances

This morning, I was a guest on a local television station, Fox 31, where I talked about the upcoming Adventure TEAM Challenge. Here's a link to the interview: http://kdvr.com/2012/05/11/adventure-team-challenge-2/ And for those of you in the Denver area, I will be on Channel 7 News this Sunday morning. Stay tuned!    

No Barriers Launches Bold New Look

I'm really excited about the launch of the new No Barriers website, logo and tagline today at www.nobarriersusa.org. This marks a major step in our recent merger with Global Explorers and it gives a clear indication of the direction we are heading. Here’s some insight into how the No Barriers board and staff developed the new look:

Mixing Work and Pleasure

Spring is one of the busiest times of year for me as I speak to organizations all over the world. My crazy travel schedule often tears me away from my family for extended periods. So whenever possible, I try to mix a little pleasure with work.

Trail Running with Uri

Here is a short video of me running with my guide dog. We both love getting out for a romp!

Greatest Moments on Everest...I'm #4

Outside Magazine Online just published an article about the Ten Greatest Moments On Everest. Naturally, the list includes Tenzing Norgay and Ed Hillary's first ascent and Reinhold Messner's solo ascent.

Spring Skiing

When you ask folks in Colorado about the skiing this season, there is a collective groan of disappointment. The year before, we were spoiled by one of the biggest and best snow years on record and now we are feeling a bit let down. Nonetheless, spring is the time to get out and enjoy ski mountaineering on the higher peaks! Warm, sunny days followed by cool nights help consolidate the snowpack, making it relatively safe from avalanches. This stability enables backcountry skiers to enjoy the steep bowls and chutes that are too dangerous earlier in the season.

No Barriers Elbert Climb - June 3rd

Join me for the 2nd annual No Barriers What's YOUR Everest? Challenge on June 2-3 for a climb of Mt. Elbert (14,400 feet), the tallest peak in Colorado. This fundraising event encourages you to embrace the No Barriers mindset and discover "what's within you is stronger than what's in your way."

Zero/Zero Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Check out this great TV documentary about Trevor Thomas solo hiking the Appalachian Trail, which extends 2,175 miles from Georgia to Maine. Shortly after he lost his vision to a rare eye disease, he heard me talk about climbing Everest. That gave him the inspiration to start hiking and doing things on his own.

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