Erik speaking from a podium at a large event


Erik is one of the most inspiring, engaging, and sought after speakers in the world. His presentations engage and inspire audiences by capturing lessons from his life and adventures around the world. Erik's essential messaging focuses on harnessing the power of adversity, developing a guiding vision and building a strong "rope-team." Erik sees every new challenge as an opportunity to problem solve, strategize and pioneer new ways forward. 

"I think this is the best time in history, the most precious time in history to be a pioneer, to reach out, to seize hold of adversity and challenges we face, to harness energy not only to transform our own lives, but to elevate the world around us."

- Erik Weihenmayer

Through Erik's groundbreaking adventures around the world, he has explored and defined what it means to live a No Barriers Life, describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters. Central to this journey is a mindset to continually challenge ourselves to grow and evolve - in Erik's words, to "climb" while others "camp."

Erik's inspirational speaking career has taken him around the world from Hong Kong to Switzerland, from Thailand to the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile. Erik has shared the speaking platform with notables like:

  • George W. Bush
  • Al Gore
  • Tony Blair
  • Colin Powell
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Tom Peters
  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Stephen Covey

The No Barriers Life

As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never get to in any other way. Erik calls this "alchemy," the process of turning lead into gold.  "With an alchemist," he says, " you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they'll still find a way to win - not despite adversity, but because of it."

Erik will take audiences on a journey to discover the tools and insights to develop what he calls the “No Barriers Mindset,” what it takes for individuals, teams, and organizations to turn into the storm, convert challenges into greatness, and reach for nearly impossible goals.

Erik's unique story and powerful message will engage and inspire any audience. To learn more about how Erik and the No Barriers message can help your company, organization or team with his groundbreaking presentations, please Contact Us.

  • There is no way to put what Erik has done in perspective because no one has ever done anything like it. It is a unique achievement, one that in the truest sense pushes the limits of what man is capable of.

    Time Magazine
  • Last night, I experienced perhaps the most powerful speaker of my life--blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer. Justice cannot be done to his message in this format but, for me, the take home was "alchemy." People who take their biggest fears/trauma/losses and transform them into energy to accomplish all aims. And very often those aims seem to be engaged with inspiring others to do the same. If you can find a way to hear Erik speak, you should!

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  • Thanks again for spending such generous time with us and more importantly unselfishly sharing your own successes for the benefits of many others. You indeed touched many people and have shown more than ever that there is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose. The reactions from all participants are overwhelmingly positive and this enrichment will undoubtedly translate into an even stronger organization.

    Procter and Gamble
  • Thank you again for coming to spend time with us. Your impact at Google has been significant. On a personal note, your message on climbing with people that want to get to the top together caused me to re-organize some of the major aspects on my team at Google. So everyone is angry with you. Just kidding, they are in a much better place and as a team we accomplished a lot more than we thought we could.

  • As always, Erik was awesome and the audience was truly inspired/motivated by his message. I know for me personally, Erik's words and deeds cause me to reflect on my life and the "summits" I should be aspiring to reach. We're lucky to have had the chance to spend some time with Erik..

    Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, USMC
  • “Unbelievable. Unbelievable! Erik had our players in their seats for 70 minutes – and we’re still talking about it. I think every man in the room was moved by his message.  I was looking for a speaker that was going to make mental toughness look [as easy as] brushing your teeth. He made mental toughness look like taking a nap.”

    Head Coach Mike McCarthy - Green Bay Packers
  • "Outstanding speaker, motivational, inspirational and I would highly recommend him for any event, large or small. Erik spoke to our team at our annual partner conference, addressing our audience of approximately 1,000. The feedback was amazing, many stating he was the best speaker yet in our 15-year history of this event."

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