2017 No Barriers Summit Wrap Up

2017 marked our 9th No Barriers Summit, and each one has been better than the last. The No Barriers Summit is such a deeply lived experience that it’s difficult to sum it up. The immersive workshops, innovative technologies, and myriad of amazing people truly exemplify what we call a “No Barriers Life.” The Summit is the place where all our ideas become reality, and barriers are blasted through. Here are some highlights from this year’s Summit, held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, California.

Choose to Live

Mark Wellman is one of my personal heroes who I write about in No Barriers. His own No Barriers journey began when he was only 22 and suffered a terrible fall in the Sierras that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Excerpt from 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:

Turning into the Storm

Hey Everyone, No Barriers has been out for over a month now, and thanks to those who have supported it. We’re making an impact, and the movement is growing day by day.

2016: A Year of Reaching!

As the pace slows this holiday season, it’s a great time to reflect on our experiences, the people who have influenced us, and the lessons we’ve brought down from the mountain. My 2016 was filled with lots of adventures with family and friends; including epic rock climbs around the country, a kayaking trip to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, and biking through beautiful fall foliage in Vermont. 

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

Bucket List Climbs

Checking off my Climber's Bucket List: After spending almost a year writing No Barriers, this fall was a time for me to renew my commitment to climbing. For years, I’ve  wanted to attempt several classic routes across the U.S. I started my new No Barriers journey in Yosemite Valley, the epicenter of climbing.

Meet Cole Rogers

My new book, No Barriers, is full of stories of people that exemplify what I call a No Barriers Life. It was fun to write about the adventures that we have shared, but frankly it was also very difficult. Living a No Barriers Life is wrought with struggle and tragedy. But it is also marked by tremendous courage, a concept that I call Reach.