Peruvian Dream Trail

National Geographic interviewed me for an article on the World's Best Hikes. I recommended Peru's Ancascocha Trail, which is an alternative to the more crowded Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu. Sometimes called the Super Inca Trail, this is a real workout but a great way to visit the world famous ruins.

What's Your Everest - Asheville edition

A gentle reminder for everyone in the North Carolina area that the next What's Your Everest? climb will feature an ascent of the highest peak on the East Coast, Mount Mitchell. Although I won't be able to attend this No Barriers event personally, lot's of my friends will be there, including some of the soldiers who have taken part in our Soldiers to Summits programs. If you want to be inspired, I hope you'll join this climb and screening of High Ground!

What's Your Everest? videos

On June 1st, nearly 60 people reached the 14,065-foot summit of Mount Bierstadt here in Colorado. What makes this exceptional is that many of the climbers faced incredible adversity to even get to the base of the mountain. Among the many stories, we had: a blind person who had never climbed a mountain before, a woman who had received a heart transplant, a man who survived two heart attacks (the last just three months ago), a stroke survivor, and several wounded warriors. No Barriers put together a great little video about our  climb that is well worth watching.

No Barriers Essay Contest, 1st place!

Last but certainly not least in our No Barriers Mindset essay contest is the winning entry from Michelle Smith. I think Michelle Smith really captured the spirit of my message and has implemented the mindset in her own life. For her winning entry, Michelle will receive the Grand Prize, an awesome tent from my longtime sponsor, Mountain Hardwear.

No Barriers Essay Contest, 2nd place

Here is an excerpt from the Second Place entry into the No Barriers Mindset essay contest. I appreciate how Mackenzie is not letting a medical condition get in the way of enjoying a favorite activity. When you take on the No Barriers Mindset, you both adapt and leverage your situation to live life to the fullest. For this essay, Mackenzie will be receiving a pair of trekking poles from Leki, my longtime sponsor. Reach! Erik 

No Barriers Essay Contest, 3rd place

Here is the Third Place entry into the No Barriers Mindset essay contest. I like Megan's grit and determination, though I do encourage her to dream big! As a reward, we are sending her a sterling silver REACH pendant  as a bit of encouragement during those hard days ahead. Reach! Erik   Megan Jones, 12th grade, Piqua High School, Piqua, Ohio

No Barriers Essay Contest Runner-ups

Back in April, I created an essay contest for students to explore the No Barriers Mindset. My goal was to get kids thinking about how they can apply some of my “tools” in their own lives to not just overcome challenges but shatter them.

S2S Goes To Washington

Last week, I attended a successful event in the US Capitol at the High Ground screening hosted by Congressman Jeff Miller. Though attendance by Congressmen was not great due to a Congressional vote that went longer than expected, it proved to be a good opportunity to meet some of our corporate sponsors.

Help A Blinded Boy

A year ago, the parents of then five-year-old Fernando Caled Alvarado Rios gouged out his eyes for a satanic ritual. He and his older brother Kevin, who witnessed the attack, survived but are now in a children's shelter. The parents and five others are in jail, hopefully for a very long time. When a friend first told me about this horrific story, I sat on it for a longtime because it was so inhuman I didn’t even know how to react. I think we all have the tendency to look away from such cruelty and brutality.

ERIK’S GIFT: Reach!

In the spirit of our ongoing No Barriers essay contest, I wanted to share this children's story written by my friend Cheryl Cutting. I hope you enjoy it. Erik ERIK’S GIFT: Reach! By Cheryl A. Cutting

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