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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.

No Barriers Fundraiser Climb – Kelso Ridge

Fall in the Rockies is a great time to get out and enjoy the last warm sunny days of Indian summer. Last weekend, we enjoyed a great day of climbing with my longtime climbing partner Jeff Evans, my colleague Skyler Williams, and new friends Nick Hemmert, Annette Jewell, and Victoria Jewell.

Soldiers To The Summit Film Announcement!

Exciting news! The feature film about our Lobuche expedition is now official and titled High Ground. We've had to keep this quiet for months but now we can spread the word. I can honestly tell you this film is going to blow you away! Nothing like it has ever been produced and Michael Brown has done an outstanding job making it happen. With the backing of a major Hollywood producer like Don Hahn, High Ground will have a tremendous impact upon everyone who sees it. Check out the press release and trailer:

Quandary Peak Celebration

And now for something completely different. You might recall that back in May, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of my Everest climb. To commemorate this life-changing event, my Everest team reassembled to lead a mini-expedition up one of Colorado's 14ers, Quandary Peak. Together we took over 50 people, including disabled soldiers, to the summit of a beautiful mountain. In the process, we also raised over $10,000 for No Barriers and Soldiers To The Summit!

An Oldie But A Goodie

Somebody posted my interview with Jay Leno from a decade ago!

10 Years Ago Today...

I stood on top of the world! We got 19 out of 21 to the summit of Everest--still a world record for the most members of one team to top out in a day. Many, many thanks to my incredible friends who came together and achieved the impossible!!

Denver Post article on Quandary ascent!

Great article in today's Denver Post about our super-sucessful climb of Quandary Peak on Friday. We got 55 people—including 4 blinds, 1 prosthetic, 2 PTSDs, and 1 TBI—to the top of the 14,265 foot peak! We enjoyed spectacular weather and incredible camaraderie for a true celebration of taking on adversity. More details soon. PS at the bottom of the article, be sure to click the Recommend It link so this get more attention.

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.

Elbert Fundraising Climb

Hard to believe but it's been 10 years since I climbed Everest! A lot has happened since then and my team and I are still working together to give back after the mountains have given us so much. Our latest effort was the Soldiers To The Summit expedition and now we are working on making the film happen.

Soldiers in Outside!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the April issue of Outside Magazine for a feature story on our climb last fall! It's on newsstands now. Or you can read the article online now.

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