Erik climbing in Thailand.

Photo by Charley Mace
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Turning Adversity To Advantage

Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik Weihenmayer has become one of the most celebrated and accomplished adventurers in the world. Re-defining what it means to be blind, Erik has opened up the eyes and minds of people around the world. In 2001, Erik became the only blind climber in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Since then, he continues to inspire others through actions and deeds.

Mountaineering is just one of Erik's many outdoot adventure passions. He is an avid rock climber who has ascended many of the classic routes around the country. He enjoys alpine skiing, both at resorts and in the backcountry. And recently, Erik has been focusing on whitewater kayaking…with the ultimate goal of becoming the first blind person to kayak the Grand Canyon.

Erik also has a competitive streak. He has run marathons in Charlotte, Havana, and New York. He has completed adventure races including the Arctic Team Challenge and Primal Quest. And he was the first blind person to complete the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. In 2011, Erik and his teammates competed on the reality TV show Expedition Impossible, finishing in second place and winning the hearts of fans around the country.

This is just the tip of the iceburg! Explore the links in this section to learn more about Erik.