The purpose of the See No Barriers blog is to empower the blind to explore new physical activities and experiences, overcome barriers and see there are no limits to what they can achieve. This blog will also challenge stereotypes of blindness and other disabilities in an abled-body world.
The time for my adventure had finally arrived. After more than a year of preparation and training, it was really happening! The 4-day trek along the Classic Inca Trail to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, Peru is a little under 27 miles and scales two nearly 14,000-foot mountain passes. … Continue reading Michael Meets Machu Picchu – Hiking the Classic Inca Trail (June 2019)
As indicated in a previous blog post, I began my mountain training in April 2018 with my first trip to Grand Junction, Colorado. Over the next year, I planned and completed four additional mountain training hikes in Colorado and Utah (see previous blog posts on all of these mountain training hikes). Many people have asked … Continue reading Michael Meets Machu Picchu – Training in Houston (June 2018 – May 2019)
My fifth and final mountain training took me back to one of my favorite locations, Grand Junction, Colorado on May 16 – 27. Grand Junction is an ideal place for hikers since its situated in a valley (Gran Valley) surrounded by mountains on all sides – the Book Cliffs to the north, Grand Mesa to … Continue reading Michael Meets Machu Picchu – Grand Junction, CO Training Hikes (May 2019)
For the 2019 Ski for Light International Week (January 27 – February 3), I traded in my hiking boots and trekking poles for ski boots and cross-country skis. Although there would be no mountain hiking training here, I would be getting in some great cross-country skiing workouts at nearly 8,500 feet elevation. Ski for Light … Continue reading Michael Meets Machu Picchu – Ski for Light Training (Jan 27 – Feb 3, 2019)