“Keene” for Some Winter Climbing

I’ve got my eyes (so to speak) on some big, cold mountain objectives this year, so time on ice has been a focus. To put in some training on thin, desperate ice, I called up my buddy Ian Osteyee, who haunts the ephemeral smears of the Adirondacks outside Keene, NY. Ian is a Marine like […]

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Angie Shireman: A No Barriers Story

I met Angie Shireman in 2015 at a No Barriers ‘What’s Your Everest’ event. She had been through a hard decade, having undergone a preventative double mastectomy and several reconstructive surgeries. In 2014, she was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder and underwent two deep brain surgeries to correct the condition. Throughout this tumultuous time, […]

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No Barriers Podcast 2018 Recap

Earlier this year we launched our “No Barriers Podcast.”  We highlight people who have experienced barriers in their lives and used these roadblocks as catalysts for positive change. From visible barriers such as a physical disability to invisible trauma, PTS, cultural or political obstacles, we learn how some people have navigated around these experiences and […]

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Rosalie Mastaler: A No Barriers Story

Our 2018 hallmark event was the No Barriers Summit in New York City. I have heard wonderful feedback, but one note in particular was especially touching to me as a parent. Rosalie Mastaler attended with her husband and their sons, ages five and eight. Afterwards, she wrote my team to express her gratitude and some […]

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Shanna Adamic: A No Barriers Story

Shanna Adamic is the Senior Operations Manager at the First Hand Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Cerner Corporation. First Hand provides funds for children to receive health treatments such as necessary surgeries or travel. They also implement health-focused preventative programs for schools in low-income communities. When Shanna was suddenly derailed by a devastating diagnosis, her […]

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The Weight of Water Debuts

Creating a film is certainly a reach. With adventure documentaries especially, there’s no Hollywood budget or army of editors. There’s uncertainty too – whether there’s even a story, or whether the film will ever be finished. When I decided to kayak the Grand Canyon in 2014, I knew the best person to document our journey […]

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A Visit to Princeton University

My dad has always been my biggest fan and, as I often say, the originator of the No Barriers mindset. He’s also a fanatical Princeton Tiger, having been the captain of the football team and a graduate in 1962. A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to visit his Alma Mater for the second […]

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