Blog posts in No Barriers

The Dream Factory

In my book, No Barriers, I share my experience leading a group of blind Tibetan teens up a peak called Lhakpa Ri. The climb itself was a profound experience for me, but even more so, was learning about these student's lives. Shortly after returning from Mt. Everest, I received a letter from Sabriye Tenberken, teacher and founder of a school for the blind in Tibet. Sabriye went blind at age 12, and having experienced her own sense of alienation and loneliness, she made it her life’s mission to combat people’s assumptions of blindness. Excerpt:

Excerpt from No Barriers: Pioneer Terry Fox

In my new book, No Barriers, I write about the pioneers who helped me illuminate the map of a No Barriers Life, and Terry Fox was the beginning of it all. Excerpt from No Barriers:

Rave Early Reviews of No Barriers!

There is a little more than a month until my new book No Barriers launches and I am excited to report glowing early reviews. Kirkus and Booklist, publications that help librarians and book buyers decide how to stock their shelves, have said this about the book:   "More than a story about a blind man converting the improbable to the possible, this volume provides a powerful testament to the human spirit, concluding with a challenge to readers to take the Pledge of No Barriers. Guaranteed to inspire."  -  Booklist

Summer PB&J's

A few weeks ago, Momot Elementary in Plattsburgh, NY had their very first No Barriers Day with their 4th and 5th graders. No Barriers Day is a one-day event where students learn about developing a No Barriers Mindset to tackle the barriers that they will inevitably face.

2015 Leading the Way Programs

Leading the Way is a program I helped No Barriers USA start almost a decade ago. I love seeing it grow and blossom. Our first few trips were to the Peruvian Andes, and we expanded to other amazing parts of the world like the Amazon and the Grand Canyon.

No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition Team Reflection-Rob Raker

Rob Raker, affectionately called “Papa Duck,” met Erik on a chance encounter in one of the world’s most remote places, Antarctica. After meeting again while filming an adventure race, Rob and Erik became good friends and have rock climbed, ice climbed, skied, ice-skated, paddle-boarded, bicycled, kayaked and traveled to over a dozen countries together. When kayaking was only a flicker of an idea, Rob taught Erik to “Eskimo roll,” and was instrumental in developing the guiding system that Erik uses. Rob served as a guide and safety boater on the No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition.

Veterans Day 2014

On Tuesday, I spoke at the MillerCoors Veterans Day remembrance in my hometown of Golden. Local WWII historian Greg Kyle, let me check out some equipment from the famous 10th Mountain Division, an elite winter and mountain warfare unit that trained  in Colorado during WWII.

No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition Reflection

Some of you know I celebrated my birthday in the Grand Canyon during our No Barriers expedition. What an amazing place to have a birthday party. That night, the team gave me some very meaningful gifts. Rob Raker laid out an exhibit with crazily-shaped pieces of drift wood he’d been carefully collecting throughout the journey; one piece felt like an old man’s staff , another like a bent arm and another like a cello. After that we sat in a circle singing and playing the drums, guitars, and shakers brought by our band leader, Timmy O'Neill.

Kayaking Blind Grand Canyon Celebration

My recent No Barriers Grand Canyon expedition was my most physically and mentally challenging experience yet. It was a big stretch for me and my team. Throughout, there was plenty of fear, intensity, even some panic. However, there were also moments of joy and celebration. Now with the expedition behind us, it’s time to celebrate the journey and all the barriers shattered along the way. Many of you joined us by following along through our dispatches from the river, and some of you supported us by taking the No Barriers Pledge yourself, committing to your own No Barriers Life.

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