Blog posts in Education

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.

Family Fun in Hong Kong

This week, I gave a talk in Hong Kong for a well-known company. It was a great opportunity to bring my family along to see some of the world. Emma and Arjun had to miss a few days of school but we feel this experience is worth it. Happy Memorial Day! Erik  

Ring The Bell!

Hi Everyone, I received this wonderful note from the mom of a young boy I met while speaking at their community school. Her son is an amazing kid full of spark and passion - despite some challenges like a missing arm. YuYu had a great success yesterday that he has asked me to write to you about. You were one of the first people he wanted to be sure heard about this.

Cambodia, Peru, or Grand Canyon-the choice is yours

If you are a student or teacher, or know someone who would be interested, next year could be very exciting! Global Explorers, a great nonprofit organization, is sponsoring three opportunities for adventure and education--with a chance you can go for free!

Virtual Everest

Ten years ago, I suffered mightily to become the first blind person to climb the highest peak in the world. If only I had waited! Now you can climb Everest without even leaving your desk. This new technology lets you experience Everest in 3D high resolution. It's just like the real thing...minus the coughing your lungs up, terrifying crevasse crossings, and blistering cold.

Training Uri, the education of a guide dog

People are always curious about my guide dogs. I sometimes think these noble animals get more attention than me at events. Among the most frequent questions that I am asked is, "how do they train a guide dog?" Since I just got Uri a few months ago, we decided to show you!

Blind Seeing Blind

Here are a few interesting stories that I've run across lately: a blind solo cyclist, a blind waterskier setting a sighted world record, and a blind runner training solo for an ultramarathon.

Meeting Uri

It's always an exciting moment when any of us meets their new dog for the first time. For a blind person, their new guide dog is a special gift who not only gives us love but also freedom. My new dog, Uri, is a two-year-old purebred German shepherd from a Bavarian bloodline. He was provided to me by Fidelco, a fantastic organization in Connecticut that specializes in raising and training guide dogs.

Words of Encouragement - Forget the Suffering

Sometimes I have the opportunity to help school groups by offering words of encouragement. Particularly for blind students, hearing it from another blind person means more than what a sighted person tells them. Recently my friend Chris Lynch asked me to speak to his group of students before they made a grueling climb of Mount Baldy. At 10,064 feet, this is the highest point in Los Angeles County and the third highest peak in Southern California.

Backpacker Magazine Article - Blind Photography

Take a look at the current (June 2010) issue of Backpacker for a brief article about how I learned to become a photographer. Now I know what you’re thinking: a blind photographer is as much of an oxymoron as a blind climber! Well it just so happens I learned to take photographs on a climbing trip.

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