Alabama commencement address

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, both for adventures and corporate talks. It’s an exhausting schedule but sometimes an event really stands out. Recently I had the great honor to give the commencement address to 1,000 graduating students at the University of South Alabama. With over 10,000 people attending, I talked about becoming a modern-day alchemist by taking lead and turning it into gold.

No Barriers Fundraiser

A couple weeks ago, I visited Minneapolis to participate in a fundraiser for No Barriers USA. This non-profit organization's goal is to promote innovative ideas, approaches, and assistive technologies that help people with disabilities push through their own personal barriers to live full and active lives. The local newspaper ran a front page story about my visit and we had a terrific turnout.

Veni, Vidi, Vici — Ham and Eggs Couloir

After great ice climbing in the Adirondaks and Scotland this past winter with my climbing partner Ian Osteyee, we were ready for another big adventure. This time, we set our sights on Ham and Eggs Couloir on Moose’s Tooth in the Ruth Gorge of the Alaska Range. We rounded out our team with Jay Abbey, a 56-year-old granddad and total stud, who is a friend of Ian’s. Although Moose’s Tooth is not particularly high (10,335 feet), it is just 15 miles from Denali, the highest peak in North America.

Spring Skiing Fever

This spring, I have been training for two big climbs that have been on my tick list for quite some time: the Moose’s Tooth in the Alaska Range (stay tuned for a trip report) and Alpamayo in the Peruvian Andes. Both ascents consist of long, sustained ice climbing and are a good test of physical and mental endurance. In addition to physical conditioning in the gym, I also try to spend a few long, hard days in the cold and wind to train my mind against the challenges of the mountain.

Team Sight Unseen scores award!

I am very excited for a friend of mine, Kyle Coon, who recently won $10,000 from the Gore-Tex Experience More Challenge to climb Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere, with his friends, Justin Grant (who is visually impaired), Brad Jaffke, Peter Green, Joseph Mayfield, and Ben Meyer. The name of their expedition is Team Sight Unseen.

The NEW Adversity Advantage

It’s been a major team effort but we just shipped the final edits for the new deluxe edition of my book, The Adversity Advantage to the publisher! This new edition features many stories from my expeditions to the Seven Summits that tie into the key points my co-author, Dr. Paul Stoltz, and I make about turning adversity on its head. There are also 31 color photos from the climbs to give you a better feel for what it’s like to ascend the highest summit on each continent.

Adirondack Ice Climbs

A little time warp back to January. Wanted to tell you about this earlier but we had to overcome some technology challenges…mountain climbing is easier than fighting computers!

Go Scott and Travis!

I want to give a big shout of support to Scott Cunningham and his guide dog Travis! At this moment, they are in the midst of hiking the West Highland Way again, a 95-mile long trail across rugged Scottish Highlands terrain. Scott lost his eyesight, in just a few weeks, 16 years ago to a rare eye disease. Since then he and Travis have hiked all of the major trails in the UK while raising money to train guide dogs.

Access Fundraiser at Neptunes - April 8th

I hope everyone in the Front Range will come see my show at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder on Thursday, April 8th. Tickets are $7 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Access Fund, the non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open.

Point Five Gully

This February, I crossed the pond to climb one of the most famous mountains in the world, Ben Nevis. Although only 4,409 feet tall, “The Ben” is the highest peak in the British Isles and it experiences some of the most vicious weather on the planet. Indeed, hundreds of climbers and hikers have either died or had epic rescues on this mountain—as we would soon witness!

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