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Monday, June 13, 2011

Did you know that Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001?

Did you know that Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001?

Did you know that Weihenmayer also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002?

Did you know that Weihenmayer story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure?

Did you know that Weihenmayer is the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye can See, his autobiography?

Did you know that Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber?

Did you know that Erik was born on September 23, 1968,  with a disease called retinoschisis and became totally blind by the age of 13?


Did you know that in 1987, he graduated from Weston High School in Connecticut?

Did you know that he was the school’s wrestling captain, he represented the state in National Freestyle Wrestling Championships?


Did you know that Weihenmayer in 1995, Erik reached the 20,320’ summit of Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak, sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind?

Did you know that Weihenmayer triumph was featured on Today with Katie Couric and the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw after he climed Mt. McKinley?


Did you know that Weihenmayer was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and received its first Medal of Courage?

Did you know that Weihenmayer in 1997, he climbed his second continental summit, Kilimanjaro?

Did you know that Weihenmayer in 1998, he rode a tandem bike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City with his father, a Vietnam veteran?

Did you know that Weihenmayer in 1999, attempted Argentina's Mount Aconcagua?

 Poor weather conditions forced his team to turn around just short of the summit. A subsequent attempt on a separate trip was successful.
Did you know that Weihenmayer 2001, he climbed Mt. Everest?

Did you know that Weihenmayer in 2004, he led an expedition in Tibet called Climbing Blind project, including blind teens from the Braille Without Borders school for blind at Lhasa, Tibet?



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