Erik Weihenmayer: Summiting Mountains Without Sight

Erik Weihenmayer: Summiting Mountains Without Sight


Scaling the world’s tallest mountains is a feat in and of its own—doing it while blind is extraordinary.

In this moving video, Erik Weihenmayer tells his story of being the first blind rock climber to summit the tallest peak in every continent. He shares how at a young age, he was diagnosed with retinoschisis, a rare eye disease that left him sightless by age 13. But he didn’t let that hold him back from seeking out adventure, proving that what others may see as a hinderance can oftentimes be your greatest asset. Now, he’s using his incredible spirit to inspire others to live a life with no barriers.

Erik Weihenmayer is an accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker who never allows blindness to interfere with his passion for pursuing an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Erik is the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest, bringing audiences a powerful message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness.

He emphasizes the importance of building a strong “Rope Team,” and illuminates how to develop a “No Barriers Mindset.” An ESPY winner, Erik’s talks resonate with diverse audiences from graduating college students to large sales teams to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Erik’s speaking career has taken him around the globe from the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile to the 2009 Presidential Inaugural celebration in Washington, DC – sharing speaking platforms with luminaries such as Secretary Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Explore Erik's speaker profile page to learn more about his speech topics, to watch more videos of him kayaking the Grand Canyon rapids and summiting mountains, and to see if he would be a good fit to speak at one of your upcoming events.

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World-Class Blind Adventurer

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Erik Weihenmayer is a world-class adventurer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, and one of only 150 mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits. His latest and most demanding adventure is kayaking the 277 miles of the Grand Canyon. One of the most exciting and well-known athletes in the world, he never let his lack of vision interfere with his quality of life. Weihenmayer’s feats have earned him incredible press coverage and dozens of awards. He is also the author of two books and addresses leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity, motivation, and inspiration.