Weihenmayer Family Vacation

Just got back from a great family reunion in New Hampshire. We were on Lake Winnipesaukee, where my son, AJ, also goes to camp. It’s a massive (about 71 square miles), northern lake with stunning clear blue water. It has been an annual summer tradition to meet up with my whole family on the lake […]

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Meet Susan Spann – A No Barriers Story

Susan Spann is an author, cancer survivor, and newly minted adventurer. Despite all that life has thrown at her, Susan continues to Reach. Her No Barriers pledge is to summit all 100 of the Nihon Hyakumeizan (100 famous mountains of Japan). If successful, she’ll be the first cancer survivor to do so within a year of […]

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Thanks Coca Cola

My speaking career has taken me around the world, but my most recent event was hosted in a unique place: Mauritius, an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, well known for its natural beauty, and for being the farewell setting of the last Dodo bird. Mark Twain said of the island, “Mauritius was made first, […]

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A Surprise Appearance on The View

I was recently invited to be a guest on The View as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Before I forged a life for myself in the mountains I was actually a 5th grade teacher at Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona. I loved teaching and even met my wife, Ellie, who taught 7th grade, during […]

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Stopping by the Anchor Center for Blind Children

Earlier this spring I spent a morning at the Anchor Center for Blind Children teaching some toddlers the basics of rock climbing. I have been connected with the Anchor Center for many years now and it is an amazing resource in the Denver area for blind and visually impaired kids and their parents to get prepared for […]

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A Visit to St. Michael’s Catholic Academy

I’m not sure if everything is really bigger in Texas, but the folks at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy sure put on a huge event! Continuing in the theme of excellent school visits, I hopped over to Austin, Texas, this past Spring, to speak to the students as part of their Edify Speaker Series and return […]

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Spirit Lake Schools Embrace No Barriers Message

I started my career as a teacher, so I absolutely love working with schools across the country to share the No Barriers message. Every now and then, a school district goes above and beyond to help their students really embrace that message, like Spirit Lake in Iowa did. This school year, they have been using […]

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Colorado Mountain College Week

I was really psyched when Colorado Mountain College called me up and I learned they had chosen No Barriers for their Common Read Program. It resulted in a really fun week and getting to know an amazing school. To cap off their read, they invited me to come speak at 4 of their campuses. My introduction to […]

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Revisiting The Fisher Towers

It’s been 20 years since I last touched the crumbly sandstone of the classic desert route, “Ancient Art,” in the Fisher Towers near Moab, Utah. It is a favorite climbing area for many with a striking topography of thousand foot towers rising up from the barren martian red desert landscape. For me however, it is […]

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