A Friend Heads to the Paralympics

My young friend Andrew Johnson will be heading to London to compete in the 1,000 meter rowing sprint. I've been fortunate to hike the Inca Trail in Peru and in the Dolomites of Italy with Andrew and can attest that he has the great attitude and spirit that it takes to be a world-class athlete. Here is a TV news profile of Andrew and his rowing partner as the train for the big event. You can bet that I'll be cheering them on!

Shoshone kayak run

Here is a video of my first attempt at running the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Things go pretty well...at first! I did make it through with no flips or swims on later runs. But alas no video of that. Trust me!

Ultimate Water Radio Challenge

I am incredibly frustrated. I’ve been training hard for over a year, preparing myself physically and mentally, so I can kayak the Grand Canyon. No blind person has ever done this before. And it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever attempted. But I’m being held back by technology or, more specifically, the lack thereof. Imagine sitting in a boat with your eyes closed while riding an avalanche. The chaotic power is immense and the loud roar drowns out everything else.

Kayak Training, part 2

I swallowed a lot of pride, not to mention a lot of river water, on my first visit to the National Whitewater Center. But a few weeks later, I returned for more. On that first trip, the very first rapid, called Entrance Exam, spanked me hard and I never made it past the first third of the Channel. So I was a bit apprehensive about returning to Charlotte for five days of whitewater training on the same man-made river.

Mount Elbert No Barriers Fundraiser climb

I was about to post my trip report about our annual No Barriers "What's Your Everest?" climb of Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado, which we held on on June 3rd. But an email from one of the participants arrived and it sums up why I do these things so well.

Adventure TEAM Challenge 2012: Even Better and More Inspiring

This amazing event keeps getting better and more inspiring! The sixth running of the ATC was the biggest yet, with fourteen teams from around the country. The new location near Fruita Colorado offered spectacular high desert terrain for an adventure race replete with steep rock walls for climbing and rappelling, world-class mountain bike trails and the spectacular Colorado River cutting through Ruby Horsethief canyon.

Family Fun in Hong Kong

This week, I gave a talk in Hong Kong for a well-known company. It was a great opportunity to bring my family along to see some of the world. Emma and Arjun had to miss a few days of school but we feel this experience is worth it. Happy Memorial Day! Erik  

Everest Article on Outside

Check out my article on Outside Online about our ascent of Everest. It's a brief retrospective of the great team effort that went into my reaching the summit.

Jeremy McGhee -- A Man After My Own Heart

I've never met Jeremy McGhee but I already like him. He shares the No Barriers mindset that I advocate so tirelessly. Jeremy is paralyzed from the waist down and has set out the goal of skiing Bloody Couloir near Mammoth Lakes, California. This backcountry descent requires a 4.5-mile approach with 2,200 feet of elevation gain just to get to the bottom. Then you climb straight up up the 2,600-foot chute before you ski down it. Oh and by the way, a good portion of the the slope is 45° (most double black diamond ski runs are around 40°).

TV Appearances

This morning, I was a guest on a local television station, Fox 31, where I talked about the upcoming Adventure TEAM Challenge. Here's a link to the interview: http://kdvr.com/2012/05/11/adventure-team-challenge-2/ And for those of you in the Denver area, I will be on Channel 7 News this Sunday morning. Stay tuned!    

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