Fast and Rocky!

Rocky Contos is an amazing whitewater guide who organized my kayaking trips to Mexico and Peru last year. Here is a great article in Outside magazine about Rocky's quest to become the first person to truly descend the Amazon from the source to the sea. I'll be heading back to Mexico with Rocky soon and have some other adventures in mind with him in the future.

New England Ski Festival, Feb 10-14

Come join me and my guide, Jeff Ulrich, at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine a week from today at the New England Blind and Visually Impaired Ski Festival. We will be giving a clinic on the best method for guiding blind skiers and it's open to anyone. I will also be giving a talk Sunday night on developing a No Barriers mindset.

More on Telluride

Yesterday I mentioned that I was recently in Telluride for a No Barriers fundraiser. This particular event was a Dinner in the Dark, where the meal is served in total darkness...welcome to my world!  We've done a few of these around the country and they are always fun and entertaining for everyone. The dinner in Telluride was almost completely sold out with 107 attendees and we raised over $20,000 net to help fund the upcoming No Barriers Summit!

No Barriers Summit in Telluride!

From August 8th to 11th, the place to be is Telluride, Colorado! That will be the location of the fifth No Barriers Summit. And it promises to be the best yet with hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, keynote addresses, leadership exercises and symposia.

Cotopaxi video

Recently, I posted my thoughts about last month's Soldiers To Summits Cotopaxi program. Overall, it was a great success even though not everyone made it to the top of the mountain. We were fortunate to have talented photographer and videographer Didrik Johnck along. And he produced this exceptional 30-minute video about the climb.

S2S Cotopaxi Recap

It has been a month since I returned from Cotopaxi as part of our Soldiers to Summits program and I am still processing this intense and memorable trip. Our S2S expedition left at the beginning of December to climb the second highest peak in Ecuador.

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!

Kudos to Cheryl!

Congratulations to my friend Cheryl Cutting for organizing a very successful screening of High Ground! Last night in Wilder, Vermont, she and her team packed the theater. Those in the audience included over 40 veterans, many of them from the local Veterans Administration hospital, and they all received a holiday gift that had been donated. In fact, the movie was such a success that they will have an encore showing on January 23rd.

Bagging For Tips Friday In Denver

Last year, the Bass Pro Shop invited Soldiers To Summits to participate in their Bagging For Tips program. In one day of volunteering, we raised over $2,000! So of course we are going to do it again. This Friday, please join us and help bag purchases or giftwrap presents while spreading the word about S2S. There are many different shifts available, starting at 11 AM and ending at 8 PM. They're going fast, so go to this link to secure your spot!

Soldiers To Cotopaxi

I'm still traveling in Ecuador with my family but I wanted to give you a quick update on our Soldiers To Summits Cotopaxi expedition. This was indeed a very demanding peak attempted in very adverse conditions. Not all of us, myself included, reached the top. But standing on the summit was never what this program was all about. By any measure, this expedition was a great success!

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