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No Barriers Podcast


Subscribe, download, and enjoy our free educational and uplifting podcast, hosted by No Barriers Co-founders Erik Weihenmayer & Dave Shurna along with longtime No Barriers partner Jeff Evans.

Together, they talk with individuals who are defying all odds in the pursuit of learning to live a No Barriers Life.


Podcast Hosts

Erik Weihenmayer

No Barriers Co-founder, adventurer, author, and first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest

Dave Shurna

Executive Director and Co-founder of No Barriers, entrepreneur, and educator

Jeff Evans

Adventurer, expedition guide, and Co-founder of No Barriers Warriors


New episodes will be released every two weeks — Subscribe to stay inspired and also to learn in real time what we have going on with No Barriers.


Latest Episode

EPISODE 9: Bringing No Barriers into Business — Meet SVP Steve Rae


After establishing Steve and Dave’s Chicago connection, the hosts dive into why he’s been brought on as a guest: after Steve attended a No Barriers Corporate retreat he was able to recognize the core No Barriers elements that he could bring back to his own company to reinvigorate his teams.



Episode Archive

EPISODE 1: What is the No Barriers Podcast?


This episode will introduce our listeners to the mission behind the No Barriers Podcast and what we are trying to accomplish with putting this out to our community. To start you will meet our hosts and hear about their background.

EPISODE 2: The Roots of No Barriers: A Conversation with Co-founder Mark Wellman


Meet the legend: Mark Wellman. Mark met with our hosts at our studio in Golden to discuss his storied climbing career, his many first ascents and other athletic achievements, as well as his devastating accident that left him a paraplegic. Hear the humble genesis of No Barriers, the nonprofit Mark and Erik co-founded and the namesake of this podcast.

EPISODE 3: Leading from the Front with Former Command Sergeant Major, Gretchen Evans


Our hosts connect with Gretchen Evans, a former Command Sergeant Major in the US Army, bronze star recipient, No Barriers Warriors leader, and a newly minted author. Gretchen details her journey of serving her country, becoming deaf from a rocket blast, and the struggle to find purpose and meaning outside of the service and with a disability.

EPISODE 4: Ethan Johnston: A Blind Man’s Journey from Ethiopia to the U.S.


Meet Ethan Johnston, a young man living in Colorado who has overcome great odds in his life to find independence and happiness. As a young boy, Ethan was kidnapped from his family in Ethiopia, blinded and used as a beggar. He was found and eventually adopted to a family in the U.S. and discusses the path that led him to finding his way out of so much darkness.

EPISODE 5: Just Say Yes – Talking with Paralympian Cyclist Billy Lister


Our guest, Billy Lister is a Paralympic cyclist, who most recently represented Team USA in the Rio Olympics, competing in both track and road events. 18 years ago, Billy was diagnosed with a rare and acute brain abnormality which resulted in a loss of mobility due to a stroke. Listen to hear about his experience with adversity and his No Barriers journey to becoming a world-class Paralympian.

EPISODE 6: Driving the Bus in Business and in Life – Talking with CEO, George Heinrichs


George Heinrichs’ resume is filled with awards and accomplishments for his aptitude for business as well as social justice. But George would not have gotten where he is today, the CEO of a major company, without facing barriers both professionally and in his personal life.

EPISODE 7: Innovation Born From Adversity – Tom Dixon Talks about his No Barriers Story


Our hosts talk with Tom Dixon about his innovative app that he created as the result of an injury he sustained in his mid-twenties when he was hit by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. His TBI caused seizures and severe losses in his episodic memory, a type of amnesia meaning he does not recall the details of his day. Instead of retreating into a dark place, Tom used his new condition to be the catalyst to create the innovative mobile app ME.mory that helps him fill in the missing memories.

EPISODE 8: Entrepreneur and Advocate Heidi McKenzie Makes Her Mark with Humor and a Loud Voice


Jeff, Erik, and Dave talk with Heidi McKenzie, who is speaking from her home state of Kentucky. After a car accident left her as a T4 paraplegic in a wheelchair when she was just 21, she not just survived but started a thriving career and has been an outspoken advocate for folks with disabilities.