No Barriers Mindset essay contest

Hey students, win great prizes! As a parent and former schoolteacher, I have a strong interest in helping kids to dream big. To that end, we’ve created an essay contest that explores what we call at No Barriers, the "No Barriers Mindset." I have teamed up with two of my sponsors, Mountain Hardwear and Leki, to offer some cool prizes for the essays that stand out.

The objective of the No Barriers Mindset Contest is to encourage students to examine how they will reach to achieve the "impossible." To enter the contest, start by watching four videos on this web page. Then write a 300 - 500 word essay that answers these questions:

What qualities does Erik bring to bear to work through each of these challenges?
Are there tools that everyone can utilize when working through barriers? What are they?
How does the No Barriers Mindset apply to your life?

We’ll judge the essays on how effectively you answer these questions. But don't forget that I used to teach English so spelling and grammar are important!

The Grand Prize is a Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 backpacking tent. I've used one of these and it's fantastic for three-season camping.


The Runner Up gets a pair of Leki Summit trekking poles. I use these poles on all my hikes and climbs and recommend them to everyone.


And Honorable Mention gets a No Barriers Reach Pendant. This sterling silver pendant has the word "Reach" in Braille on the backside with a hand reaching for the mountains.


Rules of the contest:
All entrants must be students.
All entries must be the original work of the student.
Students must enter their own essay between 300 and 500 words.
All entries must be received by 11:59pm MST on May 17, 2013.
Send entries to by going to this form.

I look forward to reading all the entries! We will post the winners here on my blog.