Chobani - A No Barriers Culture

Earlier this week I had the chance to go to Twin Falls, Idaho and work with the Chobani leadership team.

Elevating through Freedom Fidos

I met Matt Burgess in 2012 as part of a No Barriers Warriors climb up Cotopaxi, a 19,347-foot volcano in Ecuador. During training I learned about Matt’s numerous medical conditions, which happened in his Army deployments: several TBIs, a 50% decrease of his lung capacity due to inhaling exploded depleted uranium, and later an adverse reaction to the anthrax vaccination. Matt was in a bad place, and had a lot of reasons to give up and recoil from life.

East Coast Visit - Retracing Steps

Last week I flew to the East Coast for a sensational meeting with Paychex in Rochester, NY.  My friend and America’s Got Talent finalist, Mandy Harvey, joined me and wowed the crowd with her pitch-perfect voice. It was a No Barriers day for sure! Photo credit: Timothy J. Toal

No Barriers Educo Camp

My team and I just visited the new No Barriers camp, Educo, above Fort Collins in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. It’s 150 pristine acres surrounded by forest service land, and it’s stunning. There’s a pinnacle of granite rock in the middle for easy rock climbing and an array of different stations scattered throughout the terrain like a ropes course. The  grounds are being intentionally kept relatively low key to align with the vision of the camp - to maintain the integrity of the beautiful surroundings and provide an immersive experience with nature.

Reflections From a Rainy Fall

With a busted finger and bruised ribs from my excursion to the Alps in August, I haven’t been doing much climbing. In fact, my post-summer training has been a whole lot of my favorite supplements, like almond croissants and hazelnut lattes. While I recover and do my physical therapy, I can’t help but reflect on some of the awesome adventures I had this summer leading up to the Piz Badile. 

Pedro Sotelo: Making a Difference

My friend and No Barriers Warriors graduate Pedro Sotelo, exemplifies the No Barriers life element, Elevate - to share the lessons you’ve learned and give back to your community. Pedro and his No Barriers Warriors team on an expedition in Peru, 2013

What's Your Everest 2017

In August we held our 2017 No Barriers event, What’s Your Everest.  Every year WYE has been growing in size and impact. This was our biggest yet with 130 participants and over 81k raised for No Barriers – a record-breaking amount for this event! Photo Credit: Dylan Miller, No Barriers

Mandy Harvey on America's Got Talent

On Tuesday, my wife Ellen and I had the honor of joining Mandy Harvey in Los Angeles for her live performance in the America's Got Talent Semifinals!

Adventure and Tragedy in the Alps

I'm now home safely in Colorado after a big summer climb that turned out to be full of adventure and fun, but also some challenge, uncertainty, and tragedy. Having visited the Italian Dolomites and the Alps several times, I've always been blown away by the pioneers of the 1930's and 40's like Cassin, Comici, and Bonatti, who set these bold and preposterous lines up massive rock and ice faces the size of El Capitan and often bigger.

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