No Barriers Launches Bold New Look

I'm really excited about the launch of the new No Barriers website, logo and tagline today at www.nobarriersusa.org. This marks a major step in our recent merger with Global Explorers and it gives a clear indication of the direction we are heading. Here’s some insight into how the No Barriers board and staff developed the new look:

Mixing Work and Pleasure

Spring is one of the busiest times of year for me as I speak to organizations all over the world. My crazy travel schedule often tears me away from my family for extended periods. So whenever possible, I try to mix a little pleasure with work.

Trail Running with Uri

Here is a short video of me running with my guide dog. We both love getting out for a romp!

Greatest Moments on Everest...I'm #4

Outside Magazine Online just published an article about the Ten Greatest Moments On Everest. Naturally, the list includes Tenzing Norgay and Ed Hillary's first ascent and Reinhold Messner's solo ascent.

Spring Skiing

When you ask folks in Colorado about the skiing this season, there is a collective groan of disappointment. The year before, we were spoiled by one of the biggest and best snow years on record and now we are feeling a bit let down. Nonetheless, spring is the time to get out and enjoy ski mountaineering on the higher peaks! Warm, sunny days followed by cool nights help consolidate the snowpack, making it relatively safe from avalanches. This stability enables backcountry skiers to enjoy the steep bowls and chutes that are too dangerous earlier in the season.

No Barriers Elbert Climb - June 3rd

Join me for the 2nd annual No Barriers What's YOUR Everest? Challenge on June 2-3 for a climb of Mt. Elbert (14,400 feet), the tallest peak in Colorado. This fundraising event encourages you to embrace the No Barriers mindset and discover "what's within you is stronger than what's in your way."

Zero/Zero Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Check out this great TV documentary about Trevor Thomas solo hiking the Appalachian Trail, which extends 2,175 miles from Georgia to Maine. Shortly after he lost his vision to a rare eye disease, he heard me talk about climbing Everest. That gave him the inspiration to start hiking and doing things on his own.

Skiing with Arjun and Rob

Recently, I had a fantastic day of skiing with my nine-year old son, Arjun, and “Uncle Rob” at Copper Mountain. Rob is a longtime climbing, kayaking, and adventure partner and guide who has been with me on many trips over the years.

Kayak Training

Recently, I have been focusing my training on whitewater kayaking, which is easily the scariest, most intense thing I have ever attempted. To maximize our training time, my partner and guide, Rob Raker, and I traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, home to the United States National Whitewater Center. We have great rivers in Colorado but what makes the NWC unique is the world’s largest pumped whitewater park. This incredible man-made facility, which opened in 2006, offers consistent water flows and rapids so it is ideal for practicing technique.

2 Blind 2 Ride

The thought of cycling 16,000 miles from the tip of South America to the top of North America is pretty daunting in itself. Now imagine doing it while blind! That's what Christi Bruchok and Tauru Chaw are currently undertaking. Christi is blind in one eye and is so short-sighted she can only read with glasses and within "sniffing" distance. Tauru had retinitis pigmentosa, which leaves him with sharp vision through a "toilet paper" roll during the day and totally blind at night. Both are legally blind. And together they are peddling a tandem bike across two continents.

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