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Full Scholarships to Cambodia

Students, would you like to visit Cambodia for 18-days next summer...for free?! If you are in high school and between 15 and 17 years, you can apply for a fully-funded cross-cultural exchange program that is operated by one of my favorite organizations, Global Explorers.

Farewell to Willa, Hello to Uri

Many don’t know that at the beginning of last summer, my family and I had to say goodbye to Willa, my guide dog of eight years. Willa was a gentle little lady, beautiful and dainty, and incredibly smart. However, she was actually a “reject.” She had gone to a blind guy, who didn’t have very good mobility skills, and Willa would take advantage of him—when he wasn’t paying attention at the grocery store, she’d lead him to the dog food aisle. When he’d command her to lead him to the front exit, she’d take him around in a big circle right back to the dog food isle.

1st International Blind Climbing Comp

This weekend, my friend Koichiro Kobayashi (better known as Koba) will be running the 1st International Blind Climbing Competition, which is being held in the Chiba Prefecture (about 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo). This is a major event that is sponsored by the Japanese Mountaineering Association. I was invited to compete but regrettably I had a scheduling conflict. I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2005 with Koba, and was actually part of his wedding ceremony at the base of the mountain.

Book Release - The Summit

My friend and guide, Eric Alexander, has just released his own book. Entitled The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone, this is his account of our famous climb, as well as our ascents of Elbrus and Kosciusko. Eric was also with me on Ama Dablam and Alpamayo. In addition, he has lead other disabled climber up other summits (including Denali, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro) and he teaches disabled skiing at Vail. He also directs Adventures Beyond Limits, an organization that educates and encourages youth with disabilities in the outdoors.

Expedition News

Our Soldiers To The Summit expedition is continuing to attract media attention around the nation. In the Phoenix newspaper, Dan Sidles and Kevin Cherilla were featured in a big article. And recently Chad Butrick and I were guests on the morning show of our NBC television station in Denver (click the link for an article and video of our appearance).

No Barriers in Eldorado!

While I was away in Nepal this October climbing with our soldiers, the team at No Barriers USA held an exciting event near Boulder, Colorado. No Barriers is the non-profit organization on which I serve as a director. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about the upcoming No Barriers Summit that will be held June 30-July 3 next summer in nearby Winter Park, Colorado.

Passing of a Great Woman

It saddens me to report the passing of Kathy Urschel, an incredible woman who was the epitome of my message about using adversity as fuel instead of letting it overwhelm you. At the age of 21, Kathy had lost her vision and by 28 she also lost her hearing (later restored with cochlear implants). Most people who had gone blind and deaf at a young age would resort to bitterness and woe-is-me outlook on life. Not Kathy! She took on adversity and showed the world that it wasn't going to keep her down.

Veterans Day Tribute

This powerful and beautiful video tribute is part of the footage that Michael Brown brought back from our Soldiers To The Summit Expedition. Please watch it and share with your friends!

A Lost Friend

The euphoria of our successful Soldiers To The Summit expedition has been dampened by the tragic news of the loss of our friend, Chhewang Nima Sherpa. Only seven days after he stood with us on the summit of Lobuche, Chhewang was fixing ropes near the summit of Baruntse, which is one valley to the east. He was at about 23,000 feet when a corniced ridge collapsed, sweeping him away. An immediate rescue was launched but it eventually had to be called off due the danger to rescuers.

"Race Across The Sky" Film Premier!

On Thursday, November 4th, the film about this year's Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race will premier at the Paramount Theater in Denver. Called "Race Across The Sky," this promises to be even better than the movie they made the year before!