No Barriers Summit in Telluride Aug 8-11, 2013

No Barriers Summit in Telluride Aug 8-11, 2013

What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Telluride we’re used to seeing athletes stretching the idea of what’s do-able. At Telluride Adaptive Sports Program I’ve witnessed miracles on the snow, on rock walls, on the rivers as young and old people with any number of disabilities have accomplished what our instincts should have told us were impossible.

This weekend will undoubtedly push the envelope in a big way as athletes from everywhere, with injuries, health issues, genetic difficulties get the opportunity to move their own boundaries of the possible.

Following is a partial press release from No Barriers Summit:

“No Barriers Summit,  a four-day festival featuring hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music and leadership exercises for people facing and overcoming life challenges- people with cognitive and physical disabilities, service men and women, teachers and students, and families – will take place August 8-11, 2013, in Telluride, Colo. The biennial event, which anticipates an international attendance of more than 600 people, will include outdoor adventure clinics for downhill 4-cross biking, fly fishing on the San Miguel River, geocaching, paddle sports, scuba diving, golf, horseback riding, rock climbing, tennis, sailing and skateboarding to name just some of the activities. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

“No Barriers USA was co-founded in 2005 by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, to create an awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities. Weihenmayer became the first blind climber in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At the age of 33, he became one of less than 100 individuals to climb all of the Seven Summits- the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Building on his own experiences, he helped create the No Barriers organization based on the assumption that each person, regardless of age, state of mind or physical condition, has a thirst for adventure and a hope for the future that is worthy of igniting. The inaugural program was a biennial
summit held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 2005. That summit and the three held since have featured the newest
technologies designed to enable people with and without disabilities to envision a full and active life – a mission that will continue with the Telluride Summit in August.”

I’m so excited that I get the chance to participate as a volunteer with Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

Photo and press release courtesy of No Barriers Summit.
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