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Blind Wrestling

Since I was a wrestler in high school, this story about Anthony Ferraro was especially interesting. Though we've never met, Anthony certainly exemplifies the No Barriers mindset. If anybody knows how to reach him, it would be awesome if Anthony could attend the No Barriers Summit this summer in Telluride!

Everglades Family Expedition

Last week we took the kids out of school for a fun family adventure. I was in Florida speaking to two organizations and have had a life-long goal to explore the Everglades, and not just by loud airboats that drown out the sounds of wildlife, the typical mode of travel for tourists, but by kayaks where you’re moving quietly only inches above the surface of the water.

Fast and Rocky!

Rocky Contos is an amazing whitewater guide who organized my kayaking trips to Mexico and Peru last year. Here is a great article in Outside magazine about Rocky's quest to become the first person to truly descend the Amazon from the source to the sea. I'll be heading back to Mexico with Rocky soon and have some other adventures in mind with him in the future.

More on Telluride

Yesterday I mentioned that I was recently in Telluride for a No Barriers fundraiser. This particular event was a Dinner in the Dark, where the meal is served in total darkness...welcome to my world!  We've done a few of these around the country and they are always fun and entertaining for everyone. The dinner in Telluride was almost completely sold out with 107 attendees and we raised over $20,000 net to help fund the upcoming No Barriers Summit!

No Barriers Million Dollar Challenge!

Every now and then, I like to challenge myself with big goals, and not always physical ones. When No Barriers merged with Global Explorers in January of last year, I wanted to make sure that the new organization would have staying power. To that end, I committed myself to raising one million dollars for No Barriers. And I'm proud to report I’m almost there!

Kudos to Cheryl!

Congratulations to my friend Cheryl Cutting for organizing a very successful screening of High Ground! Last night in Wilder, Vermont, she and her team packed the theater. Those in the audience included over 40 veterans, many of them from the local Veterans Administration hospital, and they all received a holiday gift that had been donated. In fact, the movie was such a success that they will have an encore showing on January 23rd.

Bagging For Tips Friday In Denver

Last year, the Bass Pro Shop invited Soldiers To Summits to participate in their Bagging For Tips program. In one day of volunteering, we raised over $2,000! So of course we are going to do it again. This Friday, please join us and help bag purchases or giftwrap presents while spreading the word about S2S. There are many different shifts available, starting at 11 AM and ending at 8 PM. They're going fast, so go to this link to secure your spot!

REACH! Pendants are back

Just a quick note to let you know that we now have REACH pendants back in stock. The response has been fantastic with over three dozen already shipped. If you are still looking for a last minute gift, we now have about a dozen available. The cost is $100 plus shipping and the pendant comes in a gift pouch and with a special card signed by me. These pendants are a fundraiser for No Barriers so I appreciate your support. Happy Holidays! Erik


First things first, I don't consider myself a superhero! But the people at the Carroll Center For The Blind are. They are the ones that, many years ago, set me on the path towards becoming a climber and adventurer. And in the meantime, they have helped countless others adapt to a world without eyesight.

REACH Pendant update

Wow! The reaction to the REACH pendant has been extraordinary. We have nearly sold out in just over a week. But more are on the way and will arrive in time for Christmas. This is a fundraiser for No Barriers so your purchase truly helps a great cause. Thank you to everyone who placed an order!! The first batch will arrive soon and we will send them out soon thereafter. When your pendant arrives, please leave a comment on the original blog post telling everyone what you think!