Blind Seeing Blind

Here are a few interesting stories that I've run across lately: a blind solo cyclist, a blind waterskier setting a sighted world record, and a blind runner training solo for an ultramarathon.

Registration for No Barriers Summit now open!

No Barriers recently opened online registration for Summit 2011. We anticipate Summit 2011 filling early so please register soon to guarantee your place! Registration is $75 for the 4-day Summit and includes access to all the offerings including: Opening Ceremony with Josh Blue, all adventure clinics sessions, full access to Innovation Village and No Barriers University Presentations and dinners. (Limited scholarship are available - please contact for details.)

Elbert Fundraising Climb

Hard to believe but it's been 10 years since I climbed Everest! A lot has happened since then and my team and I are still working together to give back after the mountains have given us so much. Our latest effort was the Soldiers To The Summit expedition and now we are working on making the film happen.

Soldiers in Outside!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the April issue of Outside Magazine for a feature story on our climb last fall! It's on newsstands now. Or you can read the article online now.

No Barriers Summit Honorary Committee

Wow, I am super excited! We have a powerhouse team backing the No Barriers Summit including our senior US Senator and the state Governor. It's no small feat to get major hitters like these backing an event, which speaks volumes about the significance of our Summit. Don't forget to mark you calendars and join us in Winter Park, CO from June 30 to July 3rd! Press Release:

Conquering The Climb

In case you missed the premier this morning, here is the show. Great stuff! This 1/2 hour special about our Soldiers To The Summit expedition aired on The Pentagon Channel. Much of the footage came from Michael Brown and the folks at Serac Adventures who are now busily at work editing the full-length movie. You can learn more about the film on the newly launched web site. We are actively working on raising funds for the film and a nationwide tour that will feature many of the soldiers.

Soldiers on the Pentagon!

A quick heads-up for a show premiering Monday morning (3/7/11) about our Soldiers To The Summit expedition. RECON is a monthly 1/2 hour news show that airs on The Pentagon Channel and features stories highlighting accomplishments of U.S. military men and women. Many local cable providers offer TPC but if you don't have that option, you can watch the show on their web site: We haven't seen it yet but this should be worth watching!

Quad Amputee Kayaking

I often speak about using adversity as a fuel to create greatness. There are many examples of this that I describe in my book, The Adversity Advantage, but I'd like to share yet one more. My friend and kayak instructor, Chris Wiegand, recently started teaching a new student how to kayak. Why is that remarkable? Well five years ago, Mark Mathers was a healthy college student and martial arts instructor--very fit, very active. One day, he woke up with a sore throat and feeling a little nauseous.

Denver Fundraising Event

If you are in the Denver area, I hope you can attend our No Barriers fundraiser next Wednesday (February 23rd) at the Denver Athletic Club. I will be teaming up with Neil Duncan to give a presentation about the many ways of taking on adversity and using it to your advantage. We will also have a preview of the movie about our Soldiers to the Summit expedition!

A Soldier Reflects

It's been about three months since we returned from Nepal and our successful ascent of Lobuche. For many of us, it has been a whirlwind of activity as we try to make the movie of our climb become a reality. Others on our team are busy with their own projects. Although we are all immersed in our lives here at home, each of us has been deeply affected by our experiences on that adventure.