Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, and the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He was honored with a Time Magazine cover story. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002, joining 150 mountaineers at the time who had accomplished that feat, but the only climber who was blind.

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  • Erik Weihenmayer (* 1968 in New Jersey, USA) bestieg als erster Blinder am 25. Mai 2001 den Gipfel des Mount Everest. Im September 2002 hatte Weihenmayer auch die Seven Summits nach der Mount Kosciuszko-Version bestiegen, 2008 auch nach der Carstensz-Pyramiden-Version.Außer dem Bergsteigen und Klettern in Eis und Fels betreibt Weihenmayer unter anderem Paragliding, Langstreckenradfahren, Marathonlaufen und Skifahren. Er ist mit Sabriye Tenberken und Paul Kronenberg befreundet, den Gründern der Organisation Braille Without Borders, die er in Tibet besuchte.
  • È soprannominato l'Uomo Ragno.
  • Erik Weihenmayer, né le 23 septembre 1968, est un alpiniste américain. Le 25 mai 2001, il est le premier aveugle à atteindre le sommet de l'Everest.Il complète l’ascension des sept sommets en 2002.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (n. 1968) foi o primeiro alpinista cego a escalar o Monte Everest, no dia 25 de maio de 2001. Devido seu feito, recebeu um prêmio da ESPN e da Idea. Escalou todas as sete montanhas mais altas dos sete continentes, os chamados Sete Cumes. Weihenmayer foi também professor de ginásio.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (New Jersey, 23 september 1968) is een Amerikaans bergbeklimmer die op 25 mei 2001 als eerste blinde de top bereikte van de Mount Everest. Daarnaast is hij acrobatisch skydiver, lange afstand-wielrenner, marathonloper en skiër. September 2002 voltooide hij de zeven toppen. Weihenmayer woont in Boulder, Colorado.In 2004 ondernam hij samen met de Nederlander Paul Kronenberg, de eveneens blinde Duitse Sabriye Tenberken en tieners van de blindenschool in Lhasa, Tibet, de beklimming van de Mount Everest. Hierbij werden ze begeleid door een Amerikaanse filmploeg. Vanwege slechte weersomstandigheden moesten ze deze tocht echter afbreken. Van deze klim werd door de Britse filmregisseur Lucy Walker de documentaire Blindsight gemaakt. Deze film ontving meerdere prijzen.De Nederlandse documentaire filmer Bernd Out volgde Weihenmayer in 2006 tijdens de 'Leading the Way' expeditie in Peru. Tijdens deze expeditie begeleidde Erik een groep blinde en slechtziende Amerikaanse tieners over het Andes gebergte van Cusco naar Machu Picchu. De documentaire over de expeditie Fellowship of the Andes werd op 28 oktober 2006 in New York vertoond in het bijzijn van de blind en slechtziende tieners.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, and the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He was honored with a Time Magazine cover story. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002, joining 150 mountaineers at the time who had accomplished that feat, but the only climber who was blind. In 2008 he also added Carstenz Pyramid in West Papua New Guinea, the tallest peak in Austral Asia, thus completing the more respected Seventh Summit. Weihenmayer has also made noteworthy climbs up the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite in 1996, and ascended Losar, a 2700-foot vertical ice face in the Himalayas which he ascended in two days and 3 hours , in 2008.He is the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See, his memoir; and The Adversity Advantage, Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness.As he was going blind from juvenile retinoschesis, Weihenmayer fought against using canes and learning Braille. He wanted to hang on to his life in the sighted world. He eventually turned to wrestling and became a prominent force in high school. He represented Connecticut in the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. At age 16, he started using a guide dog. He tried rock climbing, and found he was a natural at scrambling up a face using his hands and feet to find holds. Then he attended Boston College and graduated with a double major in English and Communications. He became a middle-school teacher Phoenix Country Day School. He also coached wrestling in Phoenix.Weihenmayer’s first big mountain was McKinley (Denali), in 1995. In 2004, with Sabriye Tenberken and six blind Tibetan teenagers, he climbed on the north side of Everest to 21,500 feet, higher than any group of blind people have ever stood. A documentary based on the project, Blindsight, was released in 2006.In 2005 Weihenmayer co-founded No Barriers USA (http://nobarriersusa.org/), which helps those with special challenges to live active and purposeful lives. The organization’s motto is “What's Within You Is Stronger Than What's In Your Way!” Injured soldiers are a major focus of No Barriers USA.In 2011, his 3-person team competed on ABC's Expedition Impossible, a race across the deserts and mountains of Morocco, finishing second. He has also completed the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, at elevations above 10,000 feet, and Primal Quest, an adventure race over 460 miles with 60,000 feet of elevation gains. In September 2014, with fellow blind kayaker, Lonnie Bidwell, Weihenmayer will kayak the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, 277 miles from Lee's Ferry to Pierce Ferry. Today, while still adventuring, he is a prominent worldwide speaker, focusing on the topic of using adversity to advantage and living a "No Barriers Life.”
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  • È soprannominato l'Uomo Ragno.
  • Erik Weihenmayer, né le 23 septembre 1968, est un alpiniste américain. Le 25 mai 2001, il est le premier aveugle à atteindre le sommet de l'Everest.Il complète l’ascension des sept sommets en 2002.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (n. 1968) foi o primeiro alpinista cego a escalar o Monte Everest, no dia 25 de maio de 2001. Devido seu feito, recebeu um prêmio da ESPN e da Idea. Escalou todas as sete montanhas mais altas dos sete continentes, os chamados Sete Cumes. Weihenmayer foi também professor de ginásio.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (* 1968 in New Jersey, USA) bestieg als erster Blinder am 25. Mai 2001 den Gipfel des Mount Everest. Im September 2002 hatte Weihenmayer auch die Seven Summits nach der Mount Kosciuszko-Version bestiegen, 2008 auch nach der Carstensz-Pyramiden-Version.Außer dem Bergsteigen und Klettern in Eis und Fels betreibt Weihenmayer unter anderem Paragliding, Langstreckenradfahren, Marathonlaufen und Skifahren.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (New Jersey, 23 september 1968) is een Amerikaans bergbeklimmer die op 25 mei 2001 als eerste blinde de top bereikte van de Mount Everest. Daarnaast is hij acrobatisch skydiver, lange afstand-wielrenner, marathonloper en skiër. September 2002 voltooide hij de zeven toppen.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, and the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He was honored with a Time Magazine cover story. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002, joining 150 mountaineers at the time who had accomplished that feat, but the only climber who was blind.
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