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Luis has one of the most amazing career paths I’ve ever seen. By following his passion and his heart, he’s climbed the 7 Summits, been on Oprah and so much more. How did a young child suffering from asthma so severe that he could have been the original “Bubble Boy” transform into a leader in the outdoor industry?

Luis Benitez

Luis Benitez

Luis’ story is one of passion. Passion for climbing and passion for the outdoors. He  has summited the  “Seven Summits”  32 times, including Mt. Everest six times. From Everest, he has reported for ABC and National Geographic.

Luis Benitez

Luis has summited Everest six times, including once as guide to blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer.

He was also the guide for Erik Weihenmayer. Erik is an inspiration to many, particularly in the blind community. Lack of sight didn’t mean lack of vision, and together with Luis, they summited Everest.

Luis went on to work for Outward Bound and to be an international mountaineer which in turn eventually led to his position ad the Colorado’s first State Director for the Outdoor Recreation Industry, a demanding job that meant balancing environmental, commercial and corporate needs. He also founded Endeavor Consulting which focuses on leadership lesson learned from his various expeditions.

Today he works for VIF Foundation as a Vice President of Government Affairs and Global Impact.

Luis Benitez

The view from above


Luis Benitez

This week’s Bump in the Road is about challenge and accomplishment, against the backdrop of some of the world’s most daunting mountain peaks. I hope you enjoy Luis’ incredible story.

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A Selection of Bump In The Road Episodes

Traveling The World of Inspiration

Bump In The Road: Liz O’Riordan

Bump In The Road: Mark Philpott

Bump In The Road: Deirdre Breakinridge

Jose Montero and Trekking For Kids  (Part One)

Jose Montero and Trekking For Kids (Part Two)

Traumatic Brain Injury and Re-Learning How To Learn

Bump In The Road: Bernie Siegel, MD Part I

Bump In The Road: Bernie Siegel, MD Part II

Dante Prada

Barbara Bentree: Film, Corona and A Bit of Jazz

Cynthia Toussaint on Life, Healing and Helping Others

Saving The New Mexico Restaurant Industry

Sean Swarner: #KeepClimbing

Art Estopinan: The Hunt For A Cure For A Rare Disease TK2

Donna O’Donnell Figurski: Love, Dedication and Persistence 

David Maginley: Life After Death, An NDE Experience Part I

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