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Spiritual Warrior: A Mom’s Take on Her Lost Son

Lona Parton, our trekker who lost her son spoke last night in front of the group. She told us about her amazing son Tyler who died in Afghanistan. He was a graduate of West Point, fluent in Arabic, and a musical genius who loved to climb mountains and play his guitar at the top. She told us in the months after his death she also wanted to die, but then she realized she needed to live on to be a good mother to her to remaining children. Her second son is about to graduate from West Point and will soon be deployed overseas.

Trials on the Trail

October 10, 10:30am PHERICHE – I’m writing from Pheriche, 14,200 feet, and I’m blown away how well the team is performing. No major altitude sickness or injuries. In Namche Bazaar, we had a team discussion and each of us devoted the next day’s hike to someone on the team. I picked Katherine Ragazzino (aka: Rizzo). A couple months ago on our Colorado training hike she guided me for the 1st time ringing a bear bell in front of me and pointing out obstacles. Out of Namche we hiked together again up the long steep hill into Tengboche.

Soldiers Press Coverage

Even over here in Nepal, we are hearing about news reports on our expedition. My buddy Kevin Cherilla got a glamour boy photo and a cool article in his local paper (The Arizona Republic) and web site. Please let us know if you see any other media coverage around the country. We're heading out from Namche into the big mountains! This is when the real work begins for everyone.

Kathmandu: Our Hero’s Journey Begins

After a year of fundraising, organizing, and recruiting I can’t believe we’re finally here in Kathmandu ready to embark on our adventure to climb Lobuche. I’m really proud of the team for all their hard work and training and I’m grateful for all the donors, sponsors, and World TEAM Sports community who have got us to this point.

"Into The Wind" premiers tonight!

As many of you know, I consider Terry Fox, the Canadian who defied cancer and set out to run coast-to-coast after losing a leg, a personal hero. He inspired me, and countless others, to take on our adversities. In fact, I mentioned Terry just the other day in the first excerpt from my book, The Adversity Advantage.

Great Achievement on El Cap!

Congrats to Steve Wampler! Last week, he became the first person with cerebral palsy to climb El Capitan in Yosemite. Until he began is six-day ascent, Steve had never spent more than 24 hours out of his powered wheel chair. He estimates that he made 20,000 pull-ups during the 3,000 foot climb.

Soldiers to the Summit PSA's

This month and next, you may run across a full-page ad in national media for our upcoming expedition. I did a little horse trading and got us $250,000 worth of coverage for free! Keep your eyes out in Time, Newsweek, The Week, Us News & World Report, and Sports Illustrated! Please post here where you saw the ad.

No Barriers Summit - June 2011, Plan ahead!

I'm excited to help bring a major international event to my backyard! Next summer, Winter Park, Colorado we will be the setting for the fifth No Barriers Summit. Scheduled from June 30th to July 3rd, 2011, this is the world's top gathering of scientists, innovators, and disabled outdoor athletes. The No Barriers Summit is a unique opportunity for people to check out the latest assistive technologies, meet some amazing people who have turned adversity to their advantage, and participate in a wide range of clinics and sympossiums.

Soldiers to the Summit 3DATS Promo

Our Soldiers to the Summit expedition is picking up a lot of momentum with many sponsors chipping into help. For the architects among us, 3DATS and CGarchitect have partnered up to offer 50% off their line of books with ALL proceeds going to the soldiers!

First Pitch

Earlier this summer, when I was in Columbus Ohio to speak to the Boy Scouts, I was invited to throw the first pitch at a baseball game. Believe it or not, I got the ball right over home plate! Here's the video to prove it: