Blog posts in Mountaineering

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.

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."

S2S Director Charley Mace on Everest

Charley Mace, our Director for Soldiers To Summits, and a longtime climbing partner of mine, is bound for another ascent of Everest. He was with my team on the Hillary-Norgay route a decade ago and now he's going back to climb the West Ridge. This is the climb made famous by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld 49 years ago when they made the first traverse of an 8,000 meter peak.

ESPN covers Kyle on Kili

Recently, I wrote about the incredible story of Kyle Maynard climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Now you can watch an amazing 11-minute video on ESPN about Kyle and their expedition. Trust me, this is well worth your time! No Excuses

Major Achievement on Kilimanjaro!

On January 15th, my friend Kyle Maynard made a historic ascent of the highest peak in Africa became the first man to crawl to the 19,340 ft. summit. In setting a world record for what is achievable, Kyle became a prime example of what I call the "No Barriers mindset."

Congratulations to Jordan Romero!

For those of you you haven't heard, my friend 15-year-old Jordan Romero, completed a 6-year climbing quest and hopes to inspire kids with his Healthy Eating Challenge. Team Romero, which consists of Jordan, his father Paul and his step-mother Karen, spoke at Summit 2011 about his quest and the importance of living an active, healthy no-barriers lifestyle.

Kyle and Kevin on TV - Mission Kilimanjaro

In just 18 days, my good friend Kevin Cherilla will be leading another expedition to climb the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. What makes this trip unique is he will be guiding Kyle Maynard, who is attempting to become the first upper-level quadruple amputee to climb the mountain. And Kyle will do it entirely under his own power!

Canadian Oatmeal Adventure

Recently, I returned from a unique adventure in Canada where we filmed a television commercial for Quaker Oats. I had spoken a couple times to the Quaker team, and told them that we religiously ate oatmeal at midnight in our tent before a big climb. It’s light to carry, easy to heat up, and fuels you for an amazing day ahead. So simulating this ritual was the plan for the ad.

Friday Inspiration - Steve Baskis

Click the link below for a great article in Chicago Magazine about my friend Steve Baskis. He was one of the soldiers on our Lobuche expedition in Nepal last year who made it to the summit. Since we are both blind, Steve and I have a special connection. This article was written by Brian Mockenhaupt and talks about Steve's recent ascent of Kilimanjaro in Africa that was led by my friend Kevin Cherilla; both Brian and Kevin were on our Soldiers To The Summit expedition too.

Friday Inspiration - Kyle Maynard

At the No Barriers Summit this summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Kyle Maynard. He is a true inspiration to me and countless others. Why? Because Kyle is a quadruple amputee who hasn't let his birth defect slow him down! In fact, on the spur of the moment and with almost no preparation, we climbed a 12,000-foot peak together...Kyle used towels and packing tapes on his stumps as we crossed sharp rocks, mud, and snowfields.

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