A journey to Mount Everest : Erik Weihenmayer ( a great man with specialities) is an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker. And the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest , on May 25, 2001. For this feat, he was honored with a Time Magazine cover story
He says :
“Shortly after going blind, I received a newsletter in Braille about a group taking blind kids rock climbing. I thought to myself, who would be crazy enough to take a blind kid rock climbing? So I signed up! Although there was a lot of flailing and struggle in those early days, the freedom of attacking a challenge and problem solving my way through it invigorated me and helped me to feel less trapped by blindness. It was this early seed of adventure that fueled an ambition in me that would eventually lead to hundreds of ascents around the world and all the way to the summit of Mount Everest.”
Erik is one of the most inspiring, engaging, and sought after speakers in the world. His presentations engage and inspire audiences by capturing lessons from his life and adventures.he was very motivational in his speeches. Which helped him in many ways.
Erik started out his professional life as a 5th grade school teacher at Phoenix Country Day School. For six years before his adventure and speaking career took off, he taught English and Math, as well as valuable life lessons.
Erik’s expeditions and lessons have been turned into award-winning documentaries. And his books provide a window into his life as an adventurer and speaker.