Archive for May, 2011

Respect and Remembrance

// May 30th, 2011 // No Comments » // Reflections

Today is memorial day.  A holiday where a lot of us have the day off and we don’t really even know why.  Well on this day I want to stop and reflect on those who serve and don’t get holidays off, those who have given their lives and limbs to defend a nation.  Today the banks are closed – idea: send a donation or give a gift to a soldier, a widow, a veteran or veterans group.  The Post Office is closed – Idea: write a letter to a service member and send it tomorrow.  Government offices are closed – Idea: let a Congressman know how deeply you love this country and how thankful you are for those who give their lives to defend the values and principles it was founded on and to defend the people which make it great.

Recently I had the opportunity to climb with some wounded veterans and be inspired by their desire to overcome, continue on, and remain faithful to serving this country.  God bless our service men and women, God bless the U.S.A.

10th Anniversary Blind Everest Summit

// May 21st, 2011 // No Comments » // Climbing, Events, Hiking, Skiing

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Everest’s first blind summit my team hosted a fundraiser for the No Barriers foundation and the Soldiers Project by climbing Quandary Pk and raising money to help those who have been injured in battle.  The evening celebration was terrific as we got to see old friends and preview Michael Brown’s new film for the Soldiers to the Summit climb last fall.  This will be an amazing work when it is complete.  The climb began before the sun rise and fifty plus of us made it to the 14,200 foot summit.  Some were blind, some were missing limbs, others had their own issues to overcome, but nothing could stop us (not even the weather) from having a great day and a great celebration.  Congratulations on who participated and thanks for being there with us on this joyous day.

May is Bike to work month

// May 17th, 2011 // No Comments » // Cycling

May is bike to work month and in celebration of that fact I am going to try to ride my bike as much as possible.  Riding for fitness is great, but I want to incorporate it into more of my every day errands as a substitute  for my car and to defray the cost of $4/gallon gas.  The weather here in the mountains does not always cooperate with these plans and living 1,000 feet above town makes every errand a chore so a fine machine like the Cervelo R3 makes quick work of these mountain roads.  My friends at Venture Sports in Avon have allowed me to ride numerous bikes and even take them home for days at a time to see what best fits my needs.  They run a friendly and competent shop with top of the line gear, so if you might be looking for a bike yourself, give them a call or visit and celebrate ride to work month in style. The R3 is race ready, light, agile, quick, responsive without being twitchy or nervous and is well suited for long rides and steep climbs.  Follow venture on twitter to find the latest deals too.  @venturesports

10th Anniversary Climb

// May 16th, 2011 // No Comments » // Climbing, Events

This week I will be celebrating with a special group of people the 10th anniversary of our historic Everest ascent.  Ten years ago I helped my blind friend Erik Weihenmayer become the first person with plenty of vision but no eyesight become the first blind man to stand on top of the world.  Here is more on how we plan to celebrate:  (note the photo I took of EW on Alpamayo last June)


Moosejaw has a kickn’ sale on climbing gear going on at the moment. It’s really great. We have some great stuff on sale from Black DiamondFive TenPetzl, and more.
More importantly, Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest and also complete the Seven Summits is celebrating his 10th anniversary of his Everest summit by taking a team to climb Mt. Elbert in Colorado. It’s all to raise money for Global Explorers and he couldn’t be nicer for doing it.

Click here to sign up to win a spot on the team.

Here are the details of the trip:

  • The climb takes place on May 20th, 2011.
  • The winner is responsible for getting to the expedition launch site.
  • Moosejaw is covering food and lodging while you’re with the team.
  • In order to do the climb you have to be in good physical condition.
  • You can’t be mad at us if you win the trip and can’t go.
  • Even if you don’t win you should still check out Erik’s project for Global Explorers and donate here.

All participants will be required to sign consent waivers. Participant must cover airfare and travel to/from their home location and the expedition launch site. Participant must provide his/her own gear which mostly involves warm waterproof clothing and good hiking boots compatible with crampons. A full gear list will be provided to winning participant.

Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. He is the only blind person in history to climb Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. To that end, he pushes what he calls the No Barriers mindset to help people with challenges live more active and adventurous lives.


Love the Madness,


Climbing Mount Everest With A Blind Partner

// May 6th, 2011 // No Comments » // Climbing, Other

Jim Cantelon speaks with Eric Alexander about how he managed to climb Mount Everest with a team, including his friend, blind climber Erik Weihenmayer.