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A film by Eric Perlman & Mark Wellman
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 VHS, $34.95 PAL- Order here ...

"Anyone who has ever been physically
challenged should have this video"


Mark Wellman and a small crew of disabled friends climb Yosemite's El Capitan and Half Dome, sea kayak with whales, alpine ski the steep and deep, whitewater kayak off waterfalls, cross-country ski across the High Sierra on arm power, and lots more. No Barriers is more than just a great sports action movie, it's pure motivation!


Training, courage and innovative equipment have taken Mark Wellman higher, faster and further into the wilderness than most able-bodied people will ever go. The former park ranger has become a national hero, invited to address major corporations, throw out opening day baseballs and meet with two Presidents of the United States. But Wellman is more than just a paraplegic climber with a national reputation, he's a multi-sport athlete, driven to push his outer limits.

Using the latest space-age materials and biomechanical concepts, Wellman has developed and adapted custom equipment to challenge the mountains, rivers and trails. He skis the extremes on a shock-absorbent mono-ski, kayaks in heavy rapids, and drives his all-terrain wheelchair like a mountain bike. He's also a former member of the US Disabled Cross-Country Ski Team, competing in two Para-Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway and Albertville, France.

Paralyzed from the waist down in a climbing accident, Wellman fought through the pain and depression of loss, and turned his disability into a driving motivation to overcome his obstacles. He doesn't just cope with the difficulties of his life, he dominates them.

Wellman is not alone in his quest for challenge. Disabled men and women throughout the world are knocking down barriers too, and Wellman finds these kindred spirits everywhere he goes. Crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range on skis, he's joined by Jeff Pagles, paralyzed below the solar-plexus by a falling tree. Climbing in Europe he's joined by Yannick Lafargue, paralyzed along the left side of his body in an automobile accident. In cross-country racing he's joined by Candace Cable, a paraplegic marathon champion. Kayaking the open ocean and inland bays with whales, Wellman's colleague is Stef Dutton, a paramedic who lost his leg while saving an injured motorist. Riding the whitewater rapids is Mike Crenshaw, a rancher who lost his leg to a tractor.

As Wellman climbs the granite walls and towers of Yosemite, cross-country skis across the High Sierra wilderness, downhill skis with ruthless speed through the chest-deep powder snow, kayaks whitewater rivers, and paddles the ocean with friendly whales, he does more than just push against physical obstacles. He uses the force of his will to overcome the worst that life has to offer. As he states in the movie: "A wilderness adventure took my legs. But what it gave back was far more important . . . the sharp edge of risk, the power of teamwork, and a life full of challenge and joy."

"Everyone faces the world with different abilities and disabilities. But everyone has at least one goal in common . . . to break through their own barriers."

No Barriers is Mark Wellman's story.

 

A film by Eric Perlman & Mark Wellman
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 VHS, $34.95 PAL- Order here ...

 

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