2018 Archive

Revisiting the Fisher Towers

It's been 20 years since I last touched the crumbly sandstone of the classic desert route, "Ancient Art," in the Fisher Towers near Moab, Utah. It is a favorite climbing area for many with a striking topography of thousand foot towers rising up from the barren martian red desert landscape. For me however, it is an especially meaningful spot. Two decades ago Mark Wellman, Hugh Herr and I roped up together to embark on the same climb, and started to dream of creating a movement we ultimately called No Barriers.

White Rim 2018: "My Soul, Made Stone"

Part 1 – White Rim – Setting the Stage “We climbed it not because it’s there, but because it won’t be there much longer” So said famous climbing pioneer, Layton Kor, of Standing Rock, an improbable, inimitable sandstone tower deep in Canyonlands National Park. This formation was one of the three towers we scaled on our six day bikepack of the White Rim Trail – 100 bumpy miles through an ethereal desert landscape carved by the Colorado River.

Pilgrimage to Norway

Hemsedal, Days 1 and 2.  For rock climbing, it’s Yosemite. Alpine climbing – the Himalayas. But for ice climbing, Norway is Mecca, and this winter I made my pilgrimage. I had heard tales of 1,000-meter waterfalls, immobilized in the harsh grip of Norwegian winter, some massive, wide, and blue, others steep, narrow, and yellow, flowing down nooks and gulleys.

A Chilly New England Adventure

What a wild week in New England! My friends Steve and Andrea Charest invited me to speak at their ice climbing festival, the Smuggs Ice Bash, so I decided to do a “Tour de New England,” climbing classic routes across the region before the grand finale at Smuggs. 

No Barriers and Prudential

I really value companies like Prudential, who fully incorporate the No Barriers Life into their culture. After I spoke to their Retirement team last January, they have not only embraced the No Barriers concept but have taken it and run with it. They have sponsored No Barriers veterans programs, sent their leaders to participate in hikes at our annual What’s Your Everest and Summit events, and have woven the tenets of No Barriers into their team’s mindset.