Blog posts in Mountaineering

Choose to Live

Mark Wellman is one of my personal heroes who I write about in No Barriers. His own No Barriers journey began when he was only 22 and suffered a terrible fall in the Sierras that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Excerpt from No Barriers:

Third S2S Expedition Returns – Two Steps Upward, One Slide Back

A couple weeks ago, I returned from our third Soldiers to Summits expedition high in the Peruvian Andes, with 15 veterans, all with either physical injuries or mental and psychological trauma. I met the team back in August at the No Barriers Summit during their first training session. I got acquainted with Aaron Hale, blind for less than two years. Aaron was leading an Army bomb squad when an IED exploded in his face. It took out his eyes, blew out his eardrums, took away his sense of smell and fractured his cranium and face bones.

Big October Ahead!

Today I am embarking on a month-long adventure in Peru. First, I’ll be joining a team of injured veterans as part of our third Soldiers to Summits expedition, set high in the Peruvian Andes. S2S is part of my No Barriers organization in which we use mountain journeys as both a metaphor and training ground for setting goals, building world-class teams, innovating through adversity and stepping up to lead and serve others again.

What's Your Everest? videos

On June 1st, nearly 60 people reached the 14,065-foot summit of Mount Bierstadt here in Colorado. What makes this exceptional is that many of the climbers faced incredible adversity to even get to the base of the mountain. Among the many stories, we had: a blind person who had never climbed a mountain before, a woman who had received a heart transplant, a man who survived two heart attacks (the last just three months ago), a stroke survivor, and several wounded warriors. No Barriers put together a great little video about our  climb that is well worth watching.

What's Your Everest? Climb, June 1st

We have a few spaces left for the No Barriers What's Your Everest? Climb on June 1st. I hope you will join me and the rest of our team for an ascent of Grays Peak (14,270 feet), just an hour from downtown Denver. Grays and its sister peak, Torreys, are the highest points along the entire Continental Divide in the United States and they provide exceptional views of the Front Range of Colorado.

3rd Annual What's Your Everest Climb - June 1st

Join me and the No Barriers team on June 1st for an ascent of Grays Peak (14,270 feet). And if you're still feeling frisky you can bag nearby Torreys Peak (14,267 feet) too. These are the highest peaks along the entire Continental Divide in the United States and they afford exceptional views of the Front Range of Colorado.

Climb Coto with El Jeffe!

My longtime climbing partner, Jeff Evans, is putting together another expedition to Cotopaxi next December. He's planning on taking a team of experienced climbers as well as one of the soldiers who didn't quite make it to the top with our S2S program. If you are comfortable using an ice axe and crampons and want the trip of a lifetime, this is a great opportunity!

Lobuche drama

I know many of you have seen the movie High Ground. But you probably haven't seen this clip that didn't make the cut. It's a great example of how our team came together, dealt with major adversity, and saved the life of one of our soldiers. Starring my good friend, Jeff Evans! Thanks again to Michael Brown and his crew for recording all the drama.  

Cotopaxi video

Recently, I posted my thoughts about last month's Soldiers To Summits Cotopaxi program. Overall, it was a great success even though not everyone made it to the top of the mountain. We were fortunate to have talented photographer and videographer Didrik Johnck along. And he produced this exceptional 30-minute video about the climb.

S2S Cotopaxi Recap

It has been a month since I returned from Cotopaxi as part of our Soldiers to Summits program and I am still processing this intense and memorable trip. Our S2S expedition left at the beginning of December to climb the second highest peak in Ecuador.

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