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Looking Past the 8 Ball

// June 11th, 2011 // No Comments » // Advice, Events

Recently I had the opportunity to watch some of the craziness of the Teva Mountain Games.  One of the events, called 8 Ball,  is like a demolition derby on water.
In watching this event it made me think of life and the goals I set for myself and how at times those goals are seemingly impossible because of the obstacles that threaten to derail me.  In fact at times I find myself more focused on the obstacles than on the goal itself.  In 8 Ball Kayaking the goal is to be the first across the finish line with the least number of bruises.  From what I could discern it was not just the fastest kayaker that would win, but the one that had a little strategy and was able to focus downstream and not on the attackers.  The winners seemed to have the ability to keep the 8 Balls in their peripheral vision and paddle right through them staying focused more on the gaol than the obstacle.  This week I want to renew my vision and focus more on my goals, really going after them and focus less on the 8 Balls that threaten to turn me over.  I know the obstacles will still be there and that they need attention, but I will not let them dominate my focus or my attention.  Paddle on!


Come Climb Mt. Lincoln for Epilepsy

// June 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // Climbing, Events

June 23 & 24th

I invite you to join me and a group of others to climb Mounts Lincoln (14,286′) and Democrat (14,148′) to raise awareness for epilepsy and people with neurological disorders.  The climb will benefit and the epilepsy foundation – to give follow this link:

This is a casual gathering and fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation. Come climb a peak with me and my friend John Olson who has struggled with a siezure disorder and if you like give a donation of $1 to $1,000,000. We will car camp near the lake, but feel free to get a hotel in Frisco or Breckenridge and meet us on the trail.  Kite Lake Trailhead:
Highway 9 to Alma then West on Park County 8 Buckskin Pass Road (just behind the post office) drive as far as the snow allows.  Alma, Colorado Thursday, June 23 at 4:00pm - June 24 at 2:00pm or meet us by 7 a.m. at the trailhead the morning of the 24th.
Hope to see you then.


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.

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,


iPad 2

// April 26th, 2011 // No Comments » // Advice, Events, Stress Donations

Just Another Tool

I travel a lot and give a lot of presentations.  I love photography and am always looking for better ways to share what I am able to capture.  Trying to merge these two pursuits into one lightweight device has been a challenge, one that I had hoped the iPad 2 could resolve.  New technology always captivates me and appeals to my lust for bright new shiny things – usually expensive, and often a let down.  The iPad 2 seems to be fitting right in.

I thought the iPad was a glorified iPhone – after using it for a week, I feel I was right.  The display is amazing, the battery-life incredible, the design is indeed sexy, however it leaves me wanting much more.  This device is not a replacement for a laptop – especially not today’s lightweight powerhouses.

If Apple would allow my iPhone to run Keynote and Pages, I would have no need for the iPad as my phone really seems to be just as capable and it makes phone calls (still my favorite app).  The iPad is great for email, so so for web browsing because it does not support flash (even though apps allow you to get around this), and terrific for displaying photos and videos though the worst part about this is that like most Apple products you must use iTunes and allow it to run your digital life.  The fact that the iPad can’t think for itself and act independently from a computer is a real letdown.  Speaking of letdowns – I have my own digital projector and when I tried to play a movie I purchased through iTunes, it would not allow it in fear that I would be showing it to hundreds of people and charging them each $8 I’m sure.  That’s like not allowing me to play music I purchase over the air in fear of others hearing.  I bought it Apple, let me do as I please.  My two year old girls are not a threat to your market share or copyrights.

In terms of presentations: I can run Keynote and an app I found called 2Screens.  Through the VGA adapter the pictures look great, the movie clips run smoothly, but the only way to advance slides in Keynote is to swipe the display or use a blutetooth keyboard.  Wireless networks are not always available or reliable and bluetooth maxes out at 30 feet or so.  2Screens allows for a connection to the iPhone for remote control of the slides but only in the 4:3 aspect ratio and does not allow for video playback at this time.  I thought an easy way around this would be my Apple remote using IR technology, but only the dock for the Iphone allows for IR.  AAARRGGHH!!!  (I can’t even charge it with my phone cable/ if Apple makes me buy one more adapter dohickey thingy… I swear…).  If this is the entertainment device Apple claims it to be, then make it more friendly, give it more goodies.  I would gladly sacrifice a little sleekness, weight, size for a little more  function and user friendliness.  My conclusion is this: for small casual audiences it can be a great presentation tool, but for a big room with a lot on the line a laptop is still going to allow a presenter to give a more professional delivery.

If you want to show pictures, facetime, tweet, blog, email and surf then the iPad and iPad2 will be good travel companions for you.  If your work and travel require more – go with a small laptop and save yourself the aggravation of trying to find work arounds for what seem to be design flaws, but are actually probably more purposeful engineering, giving the buyer just enough to get by, but not enough to get the job done.  Why?  So you will need to purchase one more big ticket item from the Apple store to get the job done right.

I will find ways to make the Ipad2 do what I want it to do over time.  Perhaps the best thing about these devices is the open source programming and apps that are available.  Soon I know I will find a way to use an RF remote to advance slides and be on my way to traveling lighter and giving professional presentations without hauling a beasty laptop or relying on someone else’s virus infected, balloon popping, slow running, underpowered, Microsoft bugged and bogged down machine.  Thanks for letting me rant, I do like the thing.

The Literacy Project

// March 28th, 2011 // No Comments » // Events

This morning I had the opportunity to be on TV8 ( ) with Tricia Swenson and do an interview about my book and an upcoming event.  The event will benefit the Literacy Project and will be taking place this Wednesday evening, March 30 at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards.  The Literacy Project ( ) has over 100 hundred volunteers who help children and adults in our community to learn English, reading, and writing skills.

I will be sharing about my experiences with slides and video while encouraging people to support this local non-profit.

This event is put on by the Bookworm.  They will have copies of The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest’s Death Zone on hand for purchase.

The Bookworm of Edwards
295 Main Street C101
Edwards, CO 81632

Leadership Lessons II from West Point

// February 15th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Events, Leadership, Reflections

This week I am traveling out east to the United States Military Academy – West Point.  This will be my fourth visit to the academy and I will be sharing on the virtues of trust and teamwork.  In spite of having been there before, I am a bit intimidated by the fact that this institution has been rated as the number one university in the U.S. by U.S. News, add to that tag the fact that these people are choosing this particular direction for their lives in a time of war.  By making this choice today they will undoubtedly be called upon to serve tomorrow.  Some will be shot at, some will be heroes, some might be fortunate to miss out on action all together.  The more I think about it, the more I am honored to go and share what I can from my experiences that might serve them as they go and serve our country. (The video to the right is from a climb my team did with some wounded vets.)

What I hope that they will take away from our time is the importance of personal honor and integrity which lead to trustworthiness as an individual.  The individuals who can live this way will be the greatest assets to any team which they serve as leaders.  Serving as leaders will foster the trust needed for better collaboration and cooperation as a team.  They will have a good return for their work because two are better than one, to paraphrase a verse from Ecclesiastes.  I think that the Army is one of the best examples of this and a force to be reckoned with because they exemplify the cooperative effort for a common goal on the foundation of service and sacrifice that adds up to something bigger than self.

I am on my way to go and encourage these young cadets, but somehow I think it will again be me who ends up being encouraged and challenged to go and serve.  Go Army!

Traveling East for National TV Interview

// January 4th, 2011 // 2 Comments » // Events

Tomorrow I will have a great opportunity to talk about my new book The Summit on the ABC family network’s 700 Club. The CBN ( program will be live at 8:00 a.m. MST, and air again at 9:00 p.m. with Internet streaming of the interview available as well.
Please tune in to see how I look in make-up, and to hear my account of leading my blind friend to Everest’s summit.

It seemed all forces were conspiring against me today with a flight delay that derailed an Atlanta morning show opportunity and a dead shuttle upon arrival in Virginia. God is good, I’m here, and ready for a cheeseburger.

The Morning Show with Eric and Lisa

// December 8th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Events, Interviews

The Hosts

If you are able to tune in tomorrow, 12-8-2010, I will be on KLOVE radio’s morning show with hosts Eric and Lisa.  They will be interviewing me about what it takes to overcome the Everest’s in our lives, and the attributes of a successful team.  Tune in on line or over the air. has the info and a search bar to find the station in your area – just type in your zip code.  The interview will air at 6 a.m. & again at 9 a.m. Central time.

(5&8 a.m MST; 7 & 10 EST; 4 & 7 Pacific – Hawaii and Alaska, you are on your own)

The Kindle Winners Are…

// November 24th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // Events

Thank you to everyone who posted about my book for a chance to win a Kindle with -The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest’s Death Zone – on it.  There were a lot of posts yet the odds of winning were good.  And the winners are:
Melinda Lancaster –  blogger who referred people who posted the video. Melinda is a minister in Spring Hill, TN.
Heather Lammers – posted the Summit video trailer.

We received 120 entries in the contest – people reporting they posted the video on their social media sites.

The trailer has received 468 views.

Thanks again everyone for participating.  Winners were randomly selected.  Sorry sis, I couldn’t pull any strings, but maybe Santa will be good to you this year.