Past Summits

Amazing. Incredible. Empowering. Inspiring. Life-changing.

These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe past No Barriers Summits. Yet none of them seem quite big enough to capture the power of this event. From tongue-guided wheelchairs to paraplegics scaling mountains, past Summits have inspired participants to live as pioneers who imagine, create and enact solutions to the barriers standing between them and their wildest dreams.

Summit 2015: Park City, UT

The No Barriers Summit took place at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah from July 9-12, 2015. The purpose of the Summit was to provide an inspirational platform for participants to envision what is possible in their lives and turn that vision into reality using the outdoors and the No Barriers Life elements as a catalyst for change. The partner for this event was the National Ability Center (NAC).

This four-day event combines hands-on clinics, innovation demonstrations, nature excursions, films, art and music, keynote addresses, leadership exercises and a scientific symposium, all of which defy our notions of what is possible. The overall goal is to bring together people with diverse backgrounds, who have pioneered new paths and are seeking solutions to their challenges, to interact and share ideas. The result is that participants go away with more knowledge and empowerment to create the breakthroughs which will enable them to achieve their own dreams and contribute to their communities. With approximately 50 adaptive clinics including (mountain biking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, and art) the 2015 Summit was our largest ever with 850 attendees.


Summit 2013: Telluride, CO

In 2013, we visited the enchanting city of Telluride, CO. Tucked deep into the Rocky Mountains, some incredible experiences transpired, including an awesome display of three different types of exoskeleton technologies as part of No Barriers University, daring participation by people of all ability levels in the regionally-specialized Via Feratta clinic, and inspirational speeches by Bob Woodruff, Kyle Maynard, Mandy Harvey, Katie Hnida and many others! Click here to see the complete 2013 Summit Program. Click Here to read the 2013 Program Evaluation. 


Summit 2011: Winter Park, CO

From the ascent of a mountain by Kyle Maynard, born without fully-formed arms or legs, to world-class music, comedy and film, Summit 2011 was more exciting than ever.  Click here for a complete 2011 Summit Program, detailing the speakers, clinics, sponsors and more that made the Winter Park Summit the amazing event that it was.


Summit 2009: Miami, FL

Highlights of Shake-A-Leg Miami included a sailing expedition led by a blind man using a talking GPS, cycling opportunities for people who never thought they could ride, and an amputee pony with a prosthetic leg relaxing on a pontoon.


Summit 2007: Squaw Valley, CA

600 individuals with diverse personal and professional backgrounds converged near Lake Tahoe to share the cutting-edge techniques and technologies that enable people with challenges to live actively and break through their own personal barriers.


Summit 2005: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy 

Leading scientists and technologists presented their latest initiatives and developments in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation – from neuroprostheses to artificial limbs. Participants learned about accessible tourism in the region. Disabled attendees acquired new skills through hands-on excursions and clinics. Finally, hockey teams vied for positions in the 2006 Torino Paralympics.