Blind Encounters with Jeff Evans

My longtime friend, climbing partner, and No Limits teammate Jeff Evans was recently featured in the alumnus magazine for the University of Colorado. Check it out, it's a good read. I heard he even took a shower before the photo shoot ;-)

Scarpa Interview

Recently, the folks at SCARPA North America interviewed me for their community blog. As you may know, I am extremely pleased to be sponsored by SCARPA, the premier manufacturer of outdoor footwear. Since I am blind, I am more dependent upon quality shoes and boots than most athletes. For almost all of my sports—from rock climbing to mountaineering to trail running to backcountry skiing—SCARPA makes the best products on the market. (On the river, I wear Chaco sandals.)

But...He's Gay!

There might be one or two people left on the planet who haven't seen the infamous "Gay Climber" blooper. It's literally be watched by millions of people and is still a YouTube sensation. I had never met Cynthia Izaguirre, the news anchor who made that gaffe. But on a trip to Dallas, I visited the TV station where she now works and we discussed what happened: 

Mike Is At It Again!

My friend Mike Armstrong is doing another fundraiser to support the Foundation for Blind Children. This time he and his partner are going to ride a tandem road bike 390 miles across Arizona, from east to west, over 5 days in September. Their goal is to raise $25,000 for the foundation.

A Dream Comes True

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation because they had a teenager who wanted to meet me. When he was just 15 years old, Tim Conners was stricken with leukemia. He underwent three months of radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and spinal taps but they were ineffective at stopping the disease. Finally,  a bone marrow transfer from his older brother, Mike, saved Tim's life. But there were many complications, one of which caused him to go blind.

Canoe & Kayak Feature Article

The August issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine has a profile about me and my kayak training, which you can now read online. There's also a video shot by the Denver Post earlier this summer. Check it out!

Camp Paradox, August 12-14th

Next week, outside of Fort Collins, Colorado, there is an opportunity for people with disabilites to have a lot of fun. They still have some openings for Camp Paradox.

Boulder REI Event

If you are in Boulder, Colorado this Friday evening, August 10th, check out a great presentation by Team Atlas Shrugged at the REI store. Jarrod Skulavik, Steve Mestdagh, Johnny Lintott, Peter Brown, and Topher Downham were the 3rd place team in this year's Adventure TEAM Challenge. They will tell you stories from this amazing event and discuss training strategies. Alas, I'll be headed to Peru so I won't be able to attend.

Soldiers To Summits Kicks Off

Our second Soldiers To Summits program has been gearing up for months. Behind the scenes, we have been working hard on fund raising, developing the curriculum, and selecting the new team. Countless hours have gone into preparing for this new S2S program but until the entire team comes together, it almost doesn’t feel real.

More Paralympic inspiration

I don't know Wesley but I find this story pretty remarkable. The idea of running at full speed and then jumping 22 feet, without being able to see where you are going, is a bit terrifying. But he won silver medals at both Athens and Beijing and now holds the world record for Paralympians. He will be going for gold in London and I bet he wins. Yet another person proving you can do great things when you believe there are no barriers in life!