"Life is harder off the mountain." On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer (@erikweihenmayer) became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Even as retinoschisis began to rob him of his vision by the age of 14, Erik resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He established himself as a formidable wrestler in high school, yet it was atop the highest point in North America, the mountain known in the native Inuit language as Denali, where his quest for adventure began to take shape.
To advance this idea, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges, all of us to some extent, to turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose.
To this aim, Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life and in September 2014 he kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
The motto is “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” “I think this is the best time in history, the most precious time in history to be a pioneer, to reach out, to seize hold of adversity and challenges we face, to harness energy not only to transform our own lives, but to elevate the world around us.” – Erik Weihenmayer #podcast #same24hours #entrepreneur #writer #author #authorsofinstagram #podcaster #podcastlife #itunespodcast #interestingpeople #podcastshow #mounteverest #outdoors #travelling #nepali #traveltheworld #himalaya #everestbasecamp #theskysthelimit #traveler #nepal #himalayas #mountains #erikweihenmayer #nobarrier #nobarriersummit #climbing #blindbutnotblind #blindness