Blog posts in No Barriers

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!

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

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!

Donate $10 to help us get 10 feet closer to the summit!

On December 10th, I will be helping a team of injured veterans and active duty service members reach the summit of Cotopaxi, the second highest peak in Ecuador (19,347 feet). This will be the culmination of their yearlong journey with Soldiers To Summits, where we use mountains as metaphor and training ground to help veterans harness adversities and step up to lead and serve others. Follow our journey on the day-by-day trip blog!

REACH Pendants!

I am really excited to announce that we have a unique new product to offer as a fundraiser for No Barriers! My friend Cheryl Cutting designed this beautiful sterling silver pendant to inspire everyone to reach towards unseen possibilities. The word REACH is spelled out in the Latin alphabet on one side and Braille on the other. 

Blind For A Day

I want to give a big shout out to Anna Chouler in Scarborough England. The television show Expedition Impossible is airing on the other side of the pond and she was inspired by Team No Limits. Anna decided to raise awareness for the blind and to raise money for guide dogs by wearing a blindfold for an entire day. Her goal was to raise $800...and she ended up raising almost $1,000! Anna wrote on her page:

Global Explorers Applications

Global Explorers, the youth component of No Barriers, is seeking applications for its 2013 Leading the Way program. Next summer, teams will journey to two exciting destinations: the magnificent Grand Canyon and the beautiful Peruvian Highlands. These trips are fantastic opportunities and I highly recommend anyone that qualifies apply!Rim to River Expedition: Grand Canyon, Arizona

New No Barriers Video

Check it out! And tell me what you think.

Mount Elbert No Barriers Fundraiser climb

I was about to post my trip report about our annual No Barriers "What's Your Everest?" climb of Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado, which we held on on June 3rd. But an email from one of the participants arrived and it sums up why I do these things so well.

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°).

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