In Focus with Erik Weihenmayer
Sept. 12, 2017
Meet Erik Weihenmayer: He’s climbed the world’s highest mountains, kayaked down the Colorado River and is the first blind person to climb Mount Everest.
Weihenmayer went blind as a teenager, but that didn’t stop him from joining the wrestling team as a freshman in high school. Weihenmayer says he is driven to achieve anything he sets his mind on.
In his 20s, Weihenmayer moved to Arizona and became a teacher and wrestling coach at Phoenix Country Day School. It was there that he decided to train for climbing Everest. He reached the top in 2001 and on his way back down, his guide told Weihenmayer, to “not let this be the greatest thing he ever does.”
Since 2001, Weihenmayer has become a motivational speaker and a best-selling author. He started a foundation to inspire others to achieve their dreams and he continues to climb.