Doing It Scared
Eighteen years ago, Paul Pritchard was abseiling from the top of the Totem Pole, a gravity-defying tower that juts out from the sea off the coast of Tasmania, when he dislodged a boulder that hit him on the head. In an instant, his life changed: The accident left Paul with hemiplegia, a condition that severely limits movement and feeling on the right side of his body. But it didn’t shut him down. In Doing it Scared, Pritchard, with the help of his friends and fellow climbers, returns to the Totem Pole to challenge himself in an entirely new way.
Into Twin Galaxies
Somewhere near Baffin Bay, in the frozen expanse of western Greenland’s ice sheets, are two connected rivers. It’s a never-before-explored area that polar adventurers Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Ben Stookesberry have dubbed “Twin Galaxies.” The trio are true explorers, hauling sleds of gear and kayaks across 600 miles of glaciers and crevasses to be the first to run an Arctic river that they’ve only glimpsed on Google Earth. The 46-day expedition combines kiteboarding, skiing, camping and kayaking and is fraught with injuries, disappointments and frigid weather. But their efforts are rewarded with stunning canyons of blue ice and the chance to paddle first descents of churning waterfalls that spit them out into the Arctic Ocean.
2017 Presentation: Erik Weihenmayer
Erik Weihenmayer is a consummate adventurer: He has stood atop of Mount Everest, climbed the Seven Summits and kayaked the entire 277-mile length of the Grand Canyon. And he did it all blind — Weihenmayer lost his sight as a teenager in Connecticut after being struck by retinoschisis. From the beginning, though, he resisted the notion that blindness would sideline him. Weihenmayer wrestled as a high school student, began rock climbing and soon got into alpinism. His accomplishments in the outdoor realm have followed a deep belief in shattering barriers that also led him to found an organization and movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit, and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. Today, Weihenmayer is a sought-after public speaker and the author of eight books, including No Barriers, which came out this spring.
In Person: Erik Weihenmayer