I am so honored to be partnered with Nature Valley to share the journey of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind adventurer who’s pushing through his own barrier and is creating an amazing experience, kayaking the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River. Wow! I am so inspired by those who get out in the world and take part in the glory that surrounds us. Erik’s journeys have taken him far or, should I say, high? Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb the seven highest summits in the world. His desire is inspiring and I hope by watching this video you will feel a pull to finally do something you’ve always wanted to do. Nature Valley is partnering with Erik Weihenmeyer in the No Barriers challenge. After seeing this video I hope you’ll begin to live a No Barriers life. Check this out:
For the longest time my initial response was ‘No’. I don’t know why, or how, but my comfort zone became very, very small to everything that was around me. Many times I was asked if I wanted to take part in an activity and my mind would put up a barrier. The word ‘no’ would swirl in my head the entire time I’m listening to someone try to inspire me to join them on a walk, hike, bike ride or ski trip, etc. Why was my first response always ‘No’? I realized that I wasn’t taking part in my life and, over time, I started saying ‘Yes’ more often – and I felt much more at peace, like a better version of me.
What about you? Is there something holding you back? Are you ready to push it aside and do what you’ve always wanted to do? Take part in the No Barriers USA challenge by clicking: NoBarriersUSA – or by visiting http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/
About Erik Weihenmayer’s Grand Canyon Expedition:
- The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River.
- Erik Weihenmayer will be supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell – who is also blind. Together, Erik and Lonnie will demonstrate the power of harnessing inner strength to overcome challenging barriers.
- Preparation for the Expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides.
- The trip will begin on September 7 at Lees Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.
I know you’ll want to follow Erik and Lonnie’s Grand Canyon Expedition adventure through Nature Valley’s Tumblr page: http://naturevalley.tumblr.com/tagged/nobarriers
This is such an exciting journey! I would love to hear about your adventures as well. Please share here in the Comments section below and with your cyber-sphere preference using #MyAdventure and #GetOUTThere. Or, if you’ve written about it on your blog, please leave a link to your post. Thank you!
About Nature Valley
- Nature Valley has a long history of commitment to nature, outdoor activities and the national parks.
- The brand finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.
- It’s Nature Valley’s belief that experiencing nature enables people to feel most alive and Weihenmayer is a great demonstration of our belief.
(*Disclosure: In working with Sverve I was chosen by Nature Valley to participate in sharing the journey of Erik and the No Barriers USA organization. Compensation is part of our agreement. My opinions are truthfully my own.)