No Barriers Summit
Telluride, CO   August 8-11, 2013

The 2013 No Barriers Summit took place August 8-11 in Telluride, CO bringing together nearly 600 pioneers of the No Barriers Mindset, including scientists, adaptive professionals, inspiring speakers and performers, and many people with and without disabilities.

Some of the highlights included a record number of clinics offered to participants, especially new adventurous clinics like the Via Ferrata, the Tyrolean Traverse & the Adventure Race; we also contributed to the National Disabilities Mural Project; Amputee-violinist Adrian Anantawan achieved a lifetime goal of playing his violin on a mountain top; the demonstration of two different types of exoskeletons and a lecture on where the technology is headed; presentation of the No Barriers Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Hugh Herr; keynote speeches by Bob Woodruff and Kyle Maynard; and so, so much more!

Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners and volunteers who made this event possible! We are so humbled by your support! It was a truly special weekend for all involved, and we can’t wait to see you next year!



At the conclusion of the 2013 Summit, we launched a very exciting campaign to raise $1,000,000 to meet a match pledge made by one of our attendees. We would love your support – Donate Now!

The results are in! Read the results of the 2013 No Barriers Summit Participant Survey HERE


Press Coverage: Colorado Public RadioChannel 9 News DenverWall Street JournalChannel 9 Australia NewsTeluride WatchTelluride Daily Planet


* If you’re looking for our opening and closing ceremonies, we’re still awaiting them from the conference center in Telluride.

No Barriers Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Hugh Herr

Thank You, Erik Weihenmayer!

Penn Street Talks about Conquering her Fears at the 2013 Summit

“Give me a Stool and I Can Climb Mountains”

“You’re always going to succeed when you try something…”

Rediscovering passion on the mountain! 

Teamwork on the Via Feratta!

Onward and Upwards!

No fear and all fun!


Thanks to Kim Johnson and Wild Matters Productions for creating all of the short story videos for us! Thanks also to Didrik Johnck of Johnck Media for the video production in the short pieces on Erik Wiehenmayer and Hugh Herr.

Highlight Video from 2011 No Barriers Summit

To view the 2013 No Barriers Summit Program, click here.

Our Non-Profit Partners

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program Logo


The Telluride Adaptive Sports Program enriches the lives of people with disabilities by providing therapeutic recreational opportunities that develop life skills and encourage personal growth. TASP will assist with clinic development and implementation as well as fundraising.



The Telluride Tourism Board is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting tourism to Telluride, Mountain Village and the region. The Tourism Board will assist with the logistical organization of the 2013 Summit.