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We live in the middle of a National Forest on top of a mountain. It’s only natural that our family enjoys the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking up a trail or snowboarding down a mountain, we enjoy where we live to the fullest.
I have always loved being outdoors. I grew up camping and fishing. I was a Girl Scout. And I loved laying on the beach and just being out in nature. I never would have imagined myself doing things like snowboarding, but my husband is awesome at pushing me past my barriers.
Pushing past my own barriers is nothing compared to what Erik Weihenmayer has done though! Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb to the seven highest summits in the world.
Now he’s onto his next expedition – kayaking the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River together with fellow blind adventurer and Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell. They will be the first blind adventurers to attempt this daunting task.
The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” they’re embarking on is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River. While they’ve been training and innovating systems to help them kayak the rapids for several years, they will have the support of an expert paddling team on this expedition.
They’ll start their journey on September 7 at Lees Ferry, which is 9 miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. They plan to finish the trek around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which is the boundary that separates Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.
You can follow along with Erik’s journey on follow along on Nature Valley’s Tumblr.