On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest…On June 28, 2019, at Vasayo’s International Convention, you’re going to hear his story…
- First blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
- Kayaked the entire 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
- One of only 150 mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits (the highest points on every continent)
Even as retinoschisis began to rob him of his vision by the age of 14, Erik Weihenmayer resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He established himself as a formidable wrestler in high school, representing his home state of Connecticut in the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. As a teenager, he also discovered rock climbing and a natural dexterity for the tactile aspects of scanning the rock with his hands and feet for holds. 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. Erik’s triumphs over some of the world’s most formidable peaks fueled a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter barriers in their lives. To advance this idea, Erik co-founded a movement called No Barriers with the mission to help people 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. Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life, and at this year’s International Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, he will challenge and inspire you to do the same!