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Vail Today: Vail Symposium speaker Erik Weihenmayer talks about living a No Barriers life

By Tricia Swenson | Vail Today
Many of us can’t imagine summiting Mount Everest or descending the Grand Canyon in a kayak. Now imagine doing those extraordinary feats blind. That is what Erik Weihenmayer did as a blind man, he put fear aside and went boldly yet cautiously to the highest peak on earth and also endured the rapids of the mighty Colorado River. Weihenmayer recently spoke at the Vail Symposium’s Unlimited Adventure Series. He addressed a packed house and showcased excerpts from his new book, “No Barriers”, which chronicles his latest adventures down the Grand Canyon in a solo kayak. But the book contains more than his stories of adventure. Wiehenmayer tells stories of so many others who have overcome challenges and live a life without boundaries. Weihenmayer is the co-founder of No Barriers USA, a non-profit that encourages people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world. They do this through programs that offer transformative experiences, tools and inspiration. Their No Barriers Pledge reminds us that regardless of our abilities, we all have some sort of barrier in our lives. The Pledge also reminds us “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in front of you.” The Vail Symposium wraps up their Unlimited Adventure Series with a special addition to the calendar, Illuminating Life: An Evening with Dr. Geoff Tabin and Timmy O’Neill. Dr. Tabin is best known for his work with the Himalayan Cataract Project where he strives to eradicate curable and preventable blindness in the underdeveloped world within their lifetimes. Timmy O’Neill is a climber and comedian. Inspired Dr. Tabin’s mission, O’Neill has trained to become an ophthalmic assistant and travels often with Dr. Tabin to the eye camps where they operate. The event takes place on Thursday, April 6 th at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. For more information visit http://www.vailsymposium.org.

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