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Summer PB&J's

A few weeks ago, Momot Elementary in Plattsburgh, NY had their very first No Barriers Day with their 4th and 5th graders. No Barriers Day is a one-day event where students learn about developing a No Barriers Mindset to tackle the barriers that they will inevitably face.

Teachers Climb Too

Teachers are often the light that help shape children’s lives as they grow into adults. Earlier this year, I was blessed to be a part of an inspiring teacher’s story.  Clare La Pier reached out to me through my blog shortly after reading my memoir. She’s taken on a lot of adversity in her own life and has used it as fuel to push herself forward, as well as to push her students toward their own summits. Recently, she took the No Barriers Pledge, and here’s an excerpt from her powerful blog comment:

Echo Location Part 1: Batman in Training

I love creating systems which break new ground. Lucky for me, an amazing sensory system for navigating as a blind person already exists. It's essentially what bats do, a kind of echo location, mastered by the guru, Daniel Kish. Flash Sonar is the name Daniel coined, in which you make sharp clicks with your tongue and listen to how the sound echoes off objects to figure out their size, shape, and distance. Most blind people have learned to do this to some degree, but it’s passive and not developed with a conscious process.

Oregon Museum Exhibit

If you happen to be in the Portland Oregon area, check out the new Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It features the BrainPort device that I have been testing to let me "see" using a sophisticated camera and tongue display. Here are some photos of the display.

No Barriers Mindset essay contest

Hey students, win great prizes! As a parent and former schoolteacher, I have a strong interest in helping kids to dream big. To that end, we’ve created an essay contest that explores what we call at No Barriers, the "No Barriers Mindset." I have teamed up with two of my sponsors, Mountain Hardwear and Leki, to offer some cool prizes for the essays that stand out.

Global Explorers to Machu Picchu

Global Explorers is one of the great programs run by No Barriers. This gives high school students the opportunity to not only travel to incredible destinations but also foster the principles of leadership and giving back to the community.

Everglades Family Expedition

Last week we took the kids out of school for a fun family adventure. I was in Florida speaking to two organizations and have had a life-long goal to explore the Everglades, and not just by loud airboats that drown out the sounds of wildlife, the typical mode of travel for tourists, but by kayaks where you’re moving quietly only inches above the surface of the water.

Global Explorer deadlines approaching

Back in October, I told you about two exciting Global Explorers programs that are happening this year: a Grand Canyon adventure and trekking in Peru. The deadline for applying to those has passed, however, there is a new opportunity for anyone between the age of 15 and 19! It's particularly aimed at those who are deaf or hearing-impaired but is also open to the hearing-abled.

Superheros

First things first, I don't consider myself a superhero! But the people at the Carroll Center For The Blind are. They are the ones that, many years ago, set me on the path towards becoming a climber and adventurer. And in the meantime, they have helped countless others adapt to a world without eyesight.

Accessing Zion Narrows

Two weeks ago, I teamed up with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to help preserve access to an incredible part of the United States. It was my third project with TPL, previously working to open the trail to Wilson Peak, an iconic  14,017-foot mountain in southwestern Colorado, and Bridal Veil Falls, the spectacular 365-foot waterfall above Telluride, Colorado, and the tallest free-standing waterfall in the country.

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