Climb On: Conquering Wilson Peak (and More) in Telluride

by Doug Flatt in Fall 2017
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When was the last time you pushed yourself to the absolute limit?  Do we really know what we are capable of?  Physical limits are what we immediately think of, but what about our capacity to impact the world? Erik Weihenmayer lost his sight at the age of 13. Despite that, he has spent his life shattering barriers and inspiring others to do the same through his organization, No Barriers USA. He is best known for being the first blind man to summit Mt. Everest.

I had the opportunity to hike with Weihenmayer and his guide Skylar Williams this past summer as No Barriers USA has partnered with Coors Light’s Climb On campaign. No Barriers USA helps individuals conquer both the visible and invisible challenges that so many face in today’s world.

We hiked the Rock of Ages trail on our way up to the summit of Wilson Peak, rising 14,017 feet in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. Watching Weihenmayer and his guide make their way through the scree and boulders was like watching a beautiful partnership built over hundreds of miles–and I’m sure a few scraped shins.

If you are looking for an opportunity to push your limits in the great outdoors, The Hotel Telluride gives you the perfect opportunity with their ‘Crack a Coors on Wilson Peak’ package that includes a three-night stay, breakfast daily, two 60-minute spa services and a private, guided tour by San Juan Outdoor Adventures to the summit of Wilson Peak.

The Hotel Telluride is a great place to bring your pet with you on vacation, as well. Fido is welcomed with treats and a water bowl; pets are considered guests of the hotel. There’s a nightly $25 pet charge, but 10% of all pet fees is donated to the Second Chance Humane Society.  

Get out and climb your own mountain and break through the barriers that hold you back to make an impact on your family, community and world.