Rock Climbing

Rock climbing was my first outdoor adventure and it remains one of my favorite sports to this day. I enjoy the tactile nature of rock climbing as I scan the face with my hands, feeling for cracks or divots that I can use as holds. In 1996, I became the first blind person to climb the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite. In 2006, myself and another blind climber, Andy Holzer, teamed up to make a totally blind ascent of the Red Tower in the Italian Dolomites.  In 2009, I made the first blind ascent of the Naked Edge in Colorado's Eldorado Canyon.  

  • Blind and Naked – Erik Climbs the Legendary “Naked Edge” in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado

    Erik teamed up with Brady Robinson, the Executive Director of the Access Fund, who led most of the route up the "Naked Edge."
  • BrainPort on BBC

    Here’s a short video of my climbing Castleton Tower, near Moab Utah, while using the BrainPort vision device. This is an excerpt from a TV special on BBC. It has shown in the UK but not on this side of the pond yet.
  • Hong Kong Adventure

    Recently I was asked to speak in Hong Kong and had a few extra days to play. So my friend Rob Raker traveled with me for some truly exotic climbing.

  • Beyond the Barriers

    View one of the most unique and amazing rock climbing adventures of all time, when blind climber, Erik Weihenmayer, joined his friends, Mark Wellman, a paraplegic, and Hugh Herr—a double-leg amputee—to take on an 800 foot classic desert tower in Moab, Utah.

  • Blind RopeTeam

    A story which would be perfect for Ripley's Believe it Or Not, Erik randomly meets Andy Holzer, another blind climber, 1000 feet up a Dolomite rock face. From their chance meeting, Erik and Andy decide to team up to make the first all-blind ascent of another Dolomite classic. Watch as the two make history.