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!

$75k Raised for Boys & Girls Club

Last week I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a breakfast benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. According to Patrick Hayes, the Vice President of Development, "We had almost twice as many people as last year, and we raised more than $75,000!!! We exceeded our fund-raising goal for the morning, ensuring that we will be able provide camp experiences for 500+ underserved kids this summer. Plus, we know others in attendance will still be sending in their gift in the coming days.

My New Blog!

Welcome to my new blog! Many of you know that we have been offering a free email newsletter for several years. This has been great for telling about bigger adventures and projects. However, the format was not conducive to brief updates about shorter trips, upcoming talks, and noteworthy news from friends and the non-profit organizations that I support.

Education Site Rollout

I am really excited to announce the rollout of an upgraded Education section on my web site. My team and I have developed an interactive site with a curriculum that will engage students and bring my message to life in the classroom.

Blind and Naked - Erik Climbs the Legendary "Naked Edge" in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado

In November, Erik succeeded on one of his most difficult climbs yet! Sure, climbing Everest and the rest of the Seven Summits wasn't easy. And the Nose on Yosemite's El Capitan wasn't a walk in the park either. But from the standpoint of technical difficulty, the Naked Edge in Colorado's Eldorado Canyon is one of the most challenging.

Blind Skier's Edge Ski Clinics - Breckenridge, Colorado

This week, December 10-11, Erik and his ski guide, Jeff Ulrich, will be showcasing their blind skiing and guiding clinics at the Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado. The program they developed, called the Blind Skier's Edge, is an innovative technique which hopes to attract more blind skiers and guides to a sport that has seen marked decline in recent years.

Registration Open for 2010 Adventure TEAM Challenge

Last summer, Erik and his team competed in the third annual Adventure TEAM Challenge, a 2-day multi-sport adventure race through the wilderness outside of Vail, Colorado. Erik helped found the race four years ago as a way for athletes with all kinds of challenges to get out and test their capabilities. Teams of five each include at least two disabled athletes, one of whom must be wheel-chair bound. The race has flourished, and now includes numerous members of the military, elite paralympic athletes and weekend warriors alike. The non-profit World T.E.A.M.

Erik Climbs Mt. Ararat, The Mythical Resting Place of Noah's Ark

Rising high into the thin dry air of eastern Turkey, Mt. Ararat stands at almost 17,000 feet. Some geologists believe Ararat to be the largest single-mass of mountain in the world, since it rises uninterrupted from the surrounding plains at 2,000 feet, while most other large peaks stand in mountain ranges with less differential.

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