This post is sponsored by Nature Valley, I was compensated for this post. All opinions are mine.
We all have had moments in life where we felt like giving up or didn’t have the will power to move forward. Then there are some stories we see, hear or read about that motivate you to dig down deep and find the strength to do whatever that’s needed. Recently, I had one of those moments when I seen that Nature Valley was teaming up with Erik Weihenmayer, who happens to be a blind adventurer to motivate people to shed their barrier and just get out there. You can follow the Tumblr of Nature Valley to follow Erik’s journey and this should definitely motivate you. Below is a little about Erik, his expeditions and a couple of videos you may see being featured on TV, which is a 30 and 60 second clips.
Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb to the seven highest summits in the world. His latest expedition is to kayak the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River. He and fellow blind adventurer, Lonnie Bedwell, will be the first blind adventurers to attempt this enormous feat. This expedition serves to inspire people to not limit themselves, eliminate barriers in their lives and live life to its fullest.
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. 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.
Here’s the 30-Second Clip:
Here’s the 60-Second Clip:
As a founding member of No Barriers USA, Weihenmayer advocates for the organization’s mission to empower people with the message, “what’s within you is stronger than what is in your way.” You can join Nature Valley and Weihenmayer in the goal of encouraging one million people to live a No Barriers Life by visiting http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/ today.
Will you take the pledge? Have there been times that you felt like you couldn’t continue and if so, Erik’s story will motivate you and I know I’ll learn from this myself.