Grand Canyon practice run

I’m back from our 12-day practice run of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This trip was a test run for myself and my team to assess whether coming back to kayak all 225 miles is a real possibility or just a pipedream. Now that I’m back and have had some time to reflect, I feel I have a good shot at pulling this off. Starting off the trip, I listened carefully to the advice of my friend, Harlan Taney, who has kayaked the Grand over a hundred times. He told me, “Hey, you have to get to a point where you have fun in these rapids.

Vote for Trish!

My good friend Tricia Downing is in the running to win a wheelchair accessible van and she needs your help! Trish is an amazing athlete who was paralyzed from the waist down after a car hit her while she was riding her bike. That hasn't stopped her and she's now doing incredible things, such as starting Camp Discovery for women affected by injury or disease.

Soldiers To Summits accepting applications

I'm excited to announce that the next Soldiers To Summit program will culminate in October with an expedition to the Peruvian Andes! Please help spread the word about this fantastic opportunity for injured veterans--the deadline for applications is June 3rd.

Today Show article on blind skiing

Last Friday, I went skiing at Vail with my usual guide, Jeff Ulrich, and a producer from NBC news. Jack Chesnutt just posted this article on the Today Show Health blog.

Round 2: Usumacinta River, Mexico

In March, my team and I traveled to Mexico to kayak the Usumacinta River again. We returned to the Usu because it’s as an easy winter training ground. Getting there is simple, just fly to Houston and then to Chiapas, Mexico. It’s relatively safe—there haven’t been any kidnappings since the 90’s. And it’s a high volume river that is good practice for the Grand Canyon. The Usu is also quite the contrast to the Colorado River because it cuts through a very dramatic limestone gorge with steep walls that rise up higher than El Capitan and you are surrounded by jungle.

Vote for the Webby

Last November, the New York Times published an article about me that was written by Erik Olsen. He also produced a short film, called "Paddling Blind," that is now up for a Webby Award. Please take a moment and vote for Erik's film!

Modern Gypsies Compassionate Adventure

My buds, the Modern Gypsies (Eric Post, Taylor Filasky, and John Post) have completed their first Compassionate Adventure and produced a series of cool videos that are starting to appear on Vimeo. On this expedition, they travelled to Ecuador and climbed Cotopaxi (the same peak our Soldiers To Summits team climbed last December). Then the Gypsies took their adventure to the next level by installing a well in a remote town to provide clean, safe water for the locals. Great stuff!  

Morocco "Expedition Possible" Adventure

Join my No Limits team and the Modern Gypsies for an adventure of a lifetime! Anyone who watched the ABC television show "Expedition Impossible" will know that my friends (Jeff Evans and Ike Isaacson) were the runner-ups to those pesky Gypsies (Taylor Filasky, Eric Bach, and John Post) in month-long adventure race across scenic Morocco. And you also know that, despite the competition, we all became lifelong friends.

Launching on the Grand!

In the next hour or so, I'm launching for my trial run down the Grand Canyon! We have a great team that will assist me and it should be an incredible two-week adventure. The goal of this trip is to test out systems and try running some of the rapids so I know what I'll be in for when we make the complete descent next year. I will try to send some posts from the river but satellite connections aren't the greatest at the bottom of the Big Ditch. I've also pre-scheduled some other blog posts while I'm away, including a more detailed report on last month's kayaking trip in Mexico. Stay tuned!

3rd Annual What's Your Everest Climb - June 1st

Join me and the No Barriers team on June 1st for an ascent of Grays Peak (14,270 feet). And if you're still feeling frisky you can bag nearby Torreys Peak (14,267 feet) too. These are the highest peaks along the entire Continental Divide in the United States and they afford exceptional views of the Front Range of Colorado.

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