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Canoe & Kayak Feature Article

The August issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine has a profile about me and my kayak training, which you can now read online. There's also a video shot by the Denver Post earlier this summer. Check it out!

Camp Paradox, August 12-14th

Next week, outside of Fort Collins, Colorado, there is an opportunity for people with disabilites to have a lot of fun. They still have some openings for Camp Paradox.

Boulder REI Event

If you are in Boulder, Colorado this Friday evening, August 10th, check out a great presentation by Team Atlas Shrugged at the REI store. Jarrod Skulavik, Steve Mestdagh, Johnny Lintott, Peter Brown, and Topher Downham were the 3rd place team in this year's Adventure TEAM Challenge. They will tell you stories from this amazing event and discuss training strategies. Alas, I'll be headed to Peru so I won't be able to attend.

More Paralympic inspiration

I don't know Wesley but I find this story pretty remarkable. The idea of running at full speed and then jumping 22 feet, without being able to see where you are going, is a bit terrifying. But he won silver medals at both Athens and Beijing and now holds the world record for Paralympians. He will be going for gold in London and I bet he wins. Yet another person proving you can do great things when you believe there are no barriers in life!

A Friend Heads to the Paralympics

My young friend Andrew Johnson will be heading to London to compete in the 1,000 meter rowing sprint. I've been fortunate to hike the Inca Trail in Peru and in the Dolomites of Italy with Andrew and can attest that he has the great attitude and spirit that it takes to be a world-class athlete. Here is a TV news profile of Andrew and his rowing partner as the train for the big event. You can bet that I'll be cheering them on!

Adventure TEAM Challenge 2012: Even Better and More Inspiring

This amazing event keeps getting better and more inspiring! The sixth running of the ATC was the biggest yet, with fourteen teams from around the country. The new location near Fruita Colorado offered spectacular high desert terrain for an adventure race replete with steep rock walls for climbing and rappelling, world-class mountain bike trails and the spectacular Colorado River cutting through Ruby Horsethief canyon.

Family Fun in Hong Kong

This week, I gave a talk in Hong Kong for a well-known company. It was a great opportunity to bring my family along to see some of the world. Emma and Arjun had to miss a few days of school but we feel this experience is worth it. Happy Memorial Day! Erik  

Everest Article on Outside

Check out my article on Outside Online about our ascent of Everest. It's a brief retrospective of the great team effort that went into my reaching the summit.

Jeremy McGhee -- A Man After My Own Heart

I've never met Jeremy McGhee but I already like him. He shares the No Barriers mindset that I advocate so tirelessly. Jeremy is paralyzed from the waist down and has set out the goal of skiing Bloody Couloir near Mammoth Lakes, California. This backcountry descent requires a 4.5-mile approach with 2,200 feet of elevation gain just to get to the bottom. Then you climb straight up up the 2,600-foot chute before you ski down it. Oh and by the way, a good portion of the the slope is 45° (most double black diamond ski runs are around 40°).

TV Appearances

This morning, I was a guest on a local television station, Fox 31, where I talked about the upcoming Adventure TEAM Challenge. Here's a link to the interview: http://kdvr.com/2012/05/11/adventure-team-challenge-2/ And for those of you in the Denver area, I will be on Channel 7 News this Sunday morning. Stay tuned!    

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