Mark Wellman

Mark-WellmanMark’s No Barriers presentation consists of Mark’s inspirational story of a life-threatening climbing accident resulting in paraplegia, and his struggle to regain his spirit and strength, and to ultimately realize that his adversity was a starting point rather than a finish line.

Mark shares some exceptional footage from his video, ‘No Barriers’, and continues to move his audience as he presents dramatic documentation of his historic climbs of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, and of the Trans-Sierra Crossing. Mark encourages his audience by showing them what is possible when you refuse to be held back.

His presentations also include slide shows which give the viewer a comprehensive example of how various equipment such as bicycles, skis, dry-land trainers and climbing apparatus can be adapted to suit a variety of needs for the disabled.

Mark, faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, persevered courageously  with determination to fulfill his passion for the outdoors. He shares his story in the autobiography Climbing Back, capturing the sprit and sense of adventure which is his trademark.. An accomplished wheelchair athlete, Mark is best known for the first historic paraplegic ascents of the 3,000 foot sheer granite faces of El Capitan and Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park.

His notoriety has been acclaimed on national television, by congressional commendation and meetings with two Presidents of the United States. The first paraplegic to sit-ski unassisted across the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Mark has also carried the flaming torch up the 120-foot rope, shocked by thousands of spectators, and lit the cauldron for the opening of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta.

He has produced two videos, “No Barriers” and “Beyond Barriers”. They document the fantastic feats of several outstanding athletes who have a disability. Books and videos accompany him to college campuses and corporate board rooms where his words and pictures have motivated hundreds of thousands of disabled and able-bodied citizens to exercise their dreams to the fullest.