Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also did the same for Mount Ararat. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. His story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure. 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 autobiography.

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  • Erik Weihenmayer, né le 23 septembre 1968, est un alpiniste américain. Le 20 mai 2001, il est le premier aveugle à atteindre le sommet de l'Everest. Il complète l’ascension des sept sommets en 2002.
  • È soprannominato l'Uomo Ragno.
  • Erik Weihenmayer 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 também as outras sete montanhas mais altas do mundo, por exemplo, o Aconcágua e o Kilimanjaro. Weihenmayer foi também professor de ginásio.
  • Erik Weihenmayer 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.
  • Erik Weihenmayer is een Amerikaans bergbeklimmer die op 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.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also did the same for Mount Ararat. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. His story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure. 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 autobiography. After he became blind, at first, Weihenmayer did not want to use a cane or learn Braille. He wanted to prove that he could continue living as he had. He tried to play ball, but once he understood that he was incapable of doing so, he learned to wrestle. In high school he went all the way to the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. At that time he started using a guide dog. Then he went to Boston College and graduated as an English major. He became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach. In 1997, he married Ellie Reeve. The wedding took place at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. They have a daughter, Emma. Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. He is a friend of Sabriye Tenberken, whom he visited in Tibet to climb with teenagers from the school for the blind. A documentary film based on the project, Blindsight, was released in 2006. Another documentary, Fellowship of the Andes, was produced by Dutch filmmaker Bernd Out. The film shows how Erik inspires a team of blind and visually impaired students on their mountain trek across the Andes in June 2006. In addition, Erik is an active speaker on the lecture circuit. He is represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau. In 2011, he competed on ABC's Expedition Impossible.
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  • Erik Weihenmayer is een Amerikaans bergbeklimmer die op 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.
  • Erik Weihenmayer, né le 23 septembre 1968, est un alpiniste américain. Le 20 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 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.
  • È soprannominato l'Uomo Ragno.
  • Erik Weihenmayer 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 também as outras sete montanhas mais altas do mundo, por exemplo, o Aconcágua e o Kilimanjaro. Weihenmayer foi também professor de ginásio.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also did the same for Mount Ararat. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. His story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure. 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 autobiography.
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