Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also climbed Mount Ararat and completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. 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 becoming blind, Weihenmayer rejected canes and learning Braille. He wanted to prove that he could continue just as he did beforehand.

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  • Erik Weihenmayer (born September 23, 1968) is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also climbed Mount Ararat and completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. 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 becoming blind, Weihenmayer rejected canes and learning Braille. He wanted to prove that he could continue just as he did beforehand. He tried ball games, but eventually gave in to his disability, so he learned to wrestle. In high school he won the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. He started using a guide dog afterward. Then he attended Boston College and graduated as an English major. He became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach. With Sabriye Tenberken he climbed 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, and gives the account of Weihenmayer accompanying a team of blind and visually impaired students on a mountain trek across the Andes in June 2006. In 2011, he competed on ABC's Expedition Impossible.
  • 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.
  • 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 (Boulder, 23 settembre 1968) è un alpinista statunitense, è stato il primo non vedente a raggiungere la vetta dell'Everest, il 25 maggio 2001 a trentadue anni.È soprannominato l'Uomo Ragno.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (New Jersey, 23 september 1968) 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.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 (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 também as outras sete montanhas mais altas do mundo, por exemplo, o Aconcágua (Argentina) e o Kilimanjaro (Tanzânia). Weihenmayer foi também professor de ginásio.
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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.
  • Erik Weihenmayer (Boulder, 23 settembre 1968) è un alpinista statunitense, è stato il primo non vedente a raggiungere la vetta dell'Everest, il 25 maggio 2001 a trentadue anni.È soprannominato l'Uomo Ragno.
  • 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 também as outras sete montanhas mais altas do mundo, por exemplo, o Aconcágua (Argentina) e o Kilimanjaro (Tanzânia). 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 climbed Mount Ararat and completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. 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 becoming blind, Weihenmayer rejected canes and learning Braille. He wanted to prove that he could continue just as he did beforehand.
  • 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 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.
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